A website has a lot of information that has to be accumulated from different sources to present a whole picture. The importance of databases in the working of a website cannot be understated. A website needs to access a database for recording and generating orders, customer information, and product specifications.
There are a number of databases that are available for the purpose, depending on the type and volume of data that may be presented. Microsoft Access is one of the simplest databases available. The software is relatively inexpensive and may be offered free by web hosts. It is easy to operate and master for average skilled web masters. MS Access provides highly flexible data management solutions in the market. The user friendly tools are helpful for smaller websites in the beginning to manage their data in a simpler way. The advantage is that the database can be converted into MS SQL format, whenever the need arises.
MS Access database is best suited for desktop applications, serving a restricted amount of users at a time. Access offers compatibility with the systems used by home based users. Sending copies of the database to individual clients is easier with Access. Access being commonly used by most people, it is not necessary to install SQL on all user-machines. MS Access is a local database that cannot be accessed from remote locations. The intuitive GUI system enables quickly design applications. Any modifications to the database is done locally and uploaded to web server. This becomes cumbersome after the size of information crosses certain limits, leading to longer processing time. MS Access offers limited security for the database content than other systems.