Most any modern website makes use of a backend database.  Even if you use a content platform like WordPress, you are, in fact, implicitly using a MySQL database whether you realize it or not.

So, there will likely be times when you or your tech friend have a need to edit a value.  In most cases, a web tool called phpMyAdmin does the trick.  It is easy to access (from any browser) and has made strides over the years.

Although phpMyAdmin is pretty-darn awesome, it is still a browser application.  For example, it refreshes pages a lot.  And, the SQL editor is not advanced with Intellisense or color-coding as most editors nowadays are.

Here is an alternative: MySQL Workbench

It is a client application similar to something like MSSQL’s Management Studio.  Except instead of being a Microsoft database, it uses MySQL.  Read up more about it here:

If you have not already done so, give it a try.  I was able to connect to my databases, iterate on queries, and backup the database very quickly.