I hate having to mess with databases, but sometimes there’s no other way around. Sure, I could pay someone to do that for me… but I really don’t trust leaving something I could do to others, and since doing minor tweaking in a database isn’t exactly a gruesome task, I usually do it myself. Unfortunately, using some of the MySQL management tools available in my cPanel proves to be a gruesome task, so finding something better for my simple task is a quest I’ve been involved for quite some time by now…
Adminer
I just played with Adminer for a few minutes and I must say this little piece of code is exactly what someone fed up with those “fully featured” DB managers needs, since it’s all as simple as 1-2-3! All you need to do is copy the PHP file somewhere on your server, point the browser at it, enter the server/username/password, and then get the job done, nothing more, nothing less!

Anyway, for those who don’t like the layout of this application, a few CSS files are available to change the visuals of Adminer, and I am sure that you can even create your own themes, as long as you have some CSS knowledge…

Requiring PHP 4.3+ and MySQL 4.1+, Adminer comes covered by the terms of the Apache license, but a “Pro” paid version is also available. If you want, you can try the demo first, and then decide if Adminer is the right tool for your database management needs… or not.

Compatibility: any major browser, as well as minor ones… I guess ;)