Cloud databases have steadily gained demand in small businesses over the last few years. It has been a standard technology in data management and computing time in the enterprise world for several years already. Not only do they provide users with an accessible database but also allows them to free up resources, physical space, and time.
With a variety of cloud database services available today, it’s crucial to find one that right for you. This post will explain how to use a database in Bubble.io and how it can help you move your data to the cloud.
What is a cloud database?
Cloud databases are built and designed for users to quickly access data through an online platform. It provides a comprehensive solution for users who are seeking a custom-built, high-performance and efficient database.
Why use cloud databases?
Here are a few of the benefits of using cloud databases for your business:
Scalable. Hosting apps on a cloud database is a smart choice for companies that want to adopt an effective cloud computing strategy. You can easily upgrade and scale up your database without sacrificing the performance. And it can be easily integrated into apps built right on the Bubble.io platform.
Secure. Implementing security is one of the most crucial factors if you are managing a database. You’d want to ensure you are using a trusted and reliable database, apps and other software that helps protect your data. Cloud databases have backup features and restore functionalities to ensure no data loss. Therefore, your database is always kept secure through backups on remote servers.
Cost-effective. Most cloud database services are considered a practical, if not a cheaper, solution. You can start with a free trial then upgrade to monthly and other subscription plans as you grow. There are no heavy maintenance fees in comparison to traditional databases. Cloud database services support an unlimited size of database and more options for expansion as well.
Agile. Performance-wise, cloud databases are more efficient and much faster than traditional systems. You can store and access data quickly, make fast queries and do other processes. You can even expose APIs with your Bubble database to access data from Excel, Power BI, Zapier, or other services. Plus, it’s easy to use since you don’t have to configure or fine-tune the database to manage it. A cloud database enables you to focus on other important issues of your business and saves you more time and money.
How to get started
Understanding the Bubble database
Bubble.io allows you to build and modify your database to meet your requirements. From data types to privacy, using a cloud database in Bubble can help boost your productivity and maximize your efforts using an array of options. Here are some of the key features to help you understand the cloud database in your Bubble app.
Data Types. This includes text, numbers, dates, geo addresses, and “things”. These fields match the data you wish to store in your database.
Privacy. Here, you can set privacy rules, conditions, or permissions for your database to keep your data secure.
You can choose who can access your data by setting roles for every user who has access to the database. You can also be more specific about what users can access in your Bubble app.
App data. This is a spreadsheet-like view of all the data stored in your app’s database. You can look for keywords in your data and keep track of everything in your database.
File manager. Here, you can find all the files uploaded in your database including pdfs, resumes and more. Like app data, it enables you to find and sort out relevant data in your database.
Database copy and backups
Bubble always makes sure to back up your app data to ensure its kept protected and safe in case anything happens. Not only does it allow you to restore your database but also copy it across versions.
To restore your data, you just need to go to the App Data section of the Data Tab. It will take a few minutes to execute and restore operations in your database, especially if you have a large amount data.
Copying across versions
You can try this option if you want to test a newer version of your app with live data or if you’re ready to launch your app. From the development to launching your app, Bubble covers everything.
To copy your database across versions, just head to the Data Tab and click on ‘App Data’. You will find the ‘Copy and Restore Database’ button where you can choose whether you want to copy your database or restore it. You have the option to copy just one data table if desired. However, it may lead to inconsistencies. It’s safer to copy the whole database from development to live, especially if you’re debugging it.
If you experience any issues, such as bugs, you can always reach out to the Bubble.io support team to help fix it.
Using a cloud database in Bubble.io is one of the smartest options to leverage in your business and to boost your productivity. When choosing a cloud database, you need to factor in not only the cost, but also how it can help you maximize your time, and how these factors can affect your business and your productivity. For example, you want to find a cloud database service that can help you execute fast queries, store large data sets and navigate through the data quickly.
We showed you how to use a cloud database in Bubble.io that can help you adapt a smart and effective cloud strategy and use it to scale up your business. It only takes a couple of clicks to implement and optimize your cloud database. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us and we’ll be happy to help!