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Build your own Online Databases for FREE! January 22, 2008

Posted by Doriano "Paisano" Carta in Collaboration, Databases.
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You can now build powerful and sharable databases online for free thanks to websites like Zoho. You don’t even need any special database development experience to create online databases that you can access any time from any browser. You can build it and store it online and even export the data to a spreadsheet if you want to work with the information in an Excel spreadsheet offline.

Zoho DB & Reports offers the best “Free” online database service, hands down. It is extremely easy to create your own database and the performance is impressive. The databases run rather quickly which was a pleasant surprise. There doesn’t appear to be any limits in place for the number of databases you can create for free nor how large they can grow so I do not know how many records a Zoho database can contain. You can share any database with anyone you want by simply adding their email address and sending them a link. They don’t even have to join zoho to view the database which is a nice change of pace from other services. Another excellent feature is the ability to embed any database or view on your website. Here is a example of a database called The Zone where I have every Twilight Zone episode along with other information. You can share databases with individuals, make them public or keep them private.
Here’s an excellent Zoho DB & Reports screencast

Zoho Creator
is another database creation service they offer but don’t get them confused. While they describe it as a Database Application builder, it does a lot more than that. Zoho Creator is a lot more complex than Zoho DB so it will not be as easy to use straight out of the gate. It offers an excellent interface builder for creating customized forms for your database application. They now even offer the ability to build database applications for the mobile platform and have their own API for those interested in building more complex databases.

Final Thoughts
There are many online database solutions, but not that many free ones. Zoho is clearly the best of breed in this class. Now, some will ask “Why do I even need a database online when I can simply store or share a document or spreadsheet online? Well, there are many reasons, one of which is the ability to enter data one time and generate countless view of that data to present it in different views. Yes, there are many situations where a spreadsheet will be the best method of storing data online, but there are also many situations when data is best kept in an online database, especially if the information can be viewed in many different ways. Ultimately, the choice will be your’s. Thanks to companies like Zoho, we now have that option. 🙂


1. Arvind - January 22, 2008

Thanks for the nice post on Zoho Creator and Zoho DB & Reports and thanks for your appreciation!

2. Karim - January 22, 2008

Without an API, all this looks like a “toy” for me, sorry. Give us an API please, I’m sure, you can 🙂

3. Paisano - January 22, 2008
4. Tim Kissane - January 22, 2008

I’ve been meaning to check out Zoho for some time now. Your views are encouraging. I’m concerned with the rights to the data, however. Is there anything in the TOS that gives Zoho any rights to users’ data? Non-liability for misuse/loss of data and other issues make me think this is a fine idea for someone publishing data to the general public, but not for serious business use.

5. Zoho Blogs - January 28, 2008

Get the max out of Zoho!

Pai writes about using Zoho Creator and Zoho DB & Reports.
You can now build powerful and sharable databases online for free thanks to websites like Zoho. You don’t even need any special database development experience to create online databases …

6. Arvind - January 28, 2008

Tim : Thanks for your concern & alerting us on this. While we didn’t mention this in our TOS explicitly, the data of course belongs the user. We have modified our Terms of Service now, adding the topic ‘Data Ownership’.

Pai : Thanks for mailing us!

7. Arvind - January 28, 2008

Tim : Thanks for your concern & alerting us on this. While we didn’t mention this in our TOS explicitly, the data of course belongs the user. We have modified our Terms of Service now, adding the topic ‘Data Ownership’.

Pai : Thanks for mailing us!

8. Anton - February 4, 2008

Thanks for the post. I’m a passionate Zoho user, though sometimes it works too slow 😦

By the way, has anyone tried new Bitcut app (www.bitcut.com)? It seems somewhat between Creator and DB and Reports.

9. Create Web Apps for free « American Pai® - February 17, 2008

[…] time at all. You can keep them private for your own use or share them with others. It is similar to Zoho DB & reports in that you can create databases with tables and queries, but Creator goes much further by […]

10. vishnu - November 7, 2008

I came here lokking for a free online DB thanks for that.. 🙂

11. Andrew Shenderuk - July 15, 2009

Anyone tried http://www.MyTaskHelper.com?

It has many improvements and enhancements.
Now it acts mostly like Web-Forms builder.
It has Team page now, so you can work with team on your databases,

Service absolutely FREE.

12. ocansey mohammed katey - September 3, 2009

thank you very much.. u r doing great job.. may i know if you can give me a step-by-step procedure to create an online database system for my project work.. thanks again..
i am building a web-base academic record system as my project work

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