June 17, 2024

At Kinsta, we help to support thousands of websites of all sizes. One thing that unites them all is the need for a database. Regardless of your site’s size, your database contains its information. This is why we let you create and manage databases using the Kinsta API.

While you can manage your databases using the MyKinsta dashboard, the Kinsta API gives you greater flexibility if you need a programmatic approach. This lets you create, update, and delete those databases and read them to a certain extent. However, the big benefit is integrating the Kinsta API – and, by extension, your database – with your existing tools and workflows.

This post will show you how to create and manage databases using the Kinsta API. It will also cover its benefits, how to access the endpoints, and where this approach will fit into your overall workflow. Let’s start with those benefits and capabilities.

Understanding the capabilities of the Kinsta API

The Kinsta API is the programmatic way to interact with your Kinsta server. We offer many endpoints to cover various ways to manage your sites, such as working with your environments, WordPress themes and plugins, application metrics, and more.

This also extends to your databases through typical CRUD architecture:

  • Using a single endpoint, you can create a new database for your site, choose a server location, and set credentials.
  • There’s a method to fetch all of the databases for your server using company ID. From there, you can fetch a specific database and its details using its individual ID.
  • The API lets you modify the size and display name of your database. This might help in some resource-scaling applications.
  • You can remove a database when you no longer need it. This is straightforward and uses a single command.

On the whole, you can leverage these endpoints and begin to streamline your whole database management workflow. Later, we’ll explore this in more detail. First, let’s discuss why you should use the Kinsta API to manage your databases.

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