MySQL databases are available to anyone with an account here; to obtain one all that you need to do is send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include a password for the database.
The databases can be manipulated using the mysql client on shellx.eskimo.com.
From the shell server use mysql -h mysql.eskimo.com -u (your login) -p
… it will prompt for your database password.
From web pages, refer to the host as ‘localhost’, the mysql server, Apache web server, and ftp server all share the same host.
The mysql version as of this posting is 5.1.66.