Hi All, I am working on a site where I may have to use an external MySQL database, in other words a database that is not with the same host. I have no experience with this and have read this can be done quiet easily by using the database IP address. I would however have a few questions: -Security: is it as secure as using an internal DB, I would be working from an HTTPS domain thus the info exchanged with the server would not necessarily be of a very sensitive nature. -Speed: if there a noticeable difference in speed, again as opposed to an internal DB -Errors: i read somewhere that there can be difficulty from time to time for the connection to be established, any experience? -Can I restrict the IP address from the referrer accepted by the database Any other pros / cons any one may have would be of assistance. Thank you in advance.