After about 6 hours of messing with it, I finally got a stable connection to my MySQL database. But I ended up finding an old plugin source and viewed how they did it. I used the MySQL Connector/J 5.1.17 and a MySQL tutorial. Connector: http://dev.mysql.com/downloads/connector/j/ Tutorial: http://zetcode.com/databases/mysqljavatutorial/ This is working for now, but I'm not sure for how long. Will this library work better for me than the above method?