Newbie help - benefit of mySQL

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I'm planning to update a website I have been working on for a bit.
I've only recently started using PHP.

I'm finding updating the site a real pain so I want to setup a password
protected file/content management system using PHP.

I haven't really looked at mySQL yet, but I could easily create
webpages by importing code segments from separate php files.

Is there a benefit in using mySQL over storing content in php files and
importing the code to generate pages?

Does this make any sense?  I would appreciate comments on website
management, allowing restricted users to update articles, page styles


Re: Newbie help - benefit of mySQL

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When you have user interaction with your web site - they are typing  
information in, reading information out entered by others... then it is  
time to investigate the use of a database.

In other words, if you want them to be able to effect the content/look  
and feel of the site from the web browser/device, then you should  
consider using a database.

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