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Is it possible to use MariaDB instead of MySQL in Wordpress installation? If possible: how do I do that? Is there any drawback or complexities?

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To answer your exact questions:

  • Yes.
  • Just use MariaDB instead of MySQL.
  • No, it is a straight replacement.

The exact details depend heavily upon your exact situation. However, MariaDB is marketed as a compatible MySQL replacement. AFAIK, it works with WordPress with no changes at all.

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  • Certainly it seems to be a drop-in replacement. It now ships with Fedora Linux distros, and when I upgraded from Fedora 17 to 19 my WordPress websites just kept on working. (Maybe I ran a mysql_upgrade on them, but otherwise, no difference) – webaware Nov 14 '13 at 10:48
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    MariaDB ships with a dozen or so *nixes that I am aware of, some of them big players. I strongly suspect MariaDB to replace MySQL in the (surprisingly) near future. – s_ha_dum Nov 14 '13 at 15:19

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