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Database connection in PHP

Dear Experts,

I'm currently trying to improve a website and the next logical step would be to store data in a general place. Namely this will be necessary for the news as they are currently hard-coded at a few different files.

So I tried my luck with a MySQL Server (currently localhost + XAMPP), while it works just as expected I still have a few questions open how to do it properly and in general about db-connections in php:

Is it possible to have more than one db-connection open at the same time?

What's the general consensus about how to handle db-functions?

I currently would do something like this:

function open_db($p1,$p2,...){
}
function close_db($p1,$p2,...){
}

function read_data($p1 <- SQL-Statement){
open_db(x,y);
mysql_db_query($p1);
close_db(x,y);

}

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Or is it better if I build it like a class?
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Yes this sure helps a lot:)