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Lately I've been reading about MariaDB and Percona Server, two strong alternatives to MySQL that have gained popularity since Oracle bought Sun.

As far as I know, both of them could be used with WordPress, but I'd like to know if anyone uses them, and if they really help make our blogs and servers run better than they did with MySQL.

  • Thanks for the editing. Didn't know that was the complete name! – javipas Jul 31 '11 at 14:58
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I have personally worked with Percona Server and MySQL, not with MariaDB as of yet.

Percona provides support for MariaDB, Drizzle, Amazon RDS, and other MySQL products.

I learned at Percona Live NYC that Percona gets the latest version of MySQL and injects 30,000 lines of C/C++ that is unique to its Performance Enhancements. MySQL (eh, Oracle) tries to keep up with its own enhancements of InnoDB.

Unless your website is very heavily trafficked, there is no decent performance difference you can feel or see. However, if you do have high traffic and you want to compare MySQL, Percona, and MariaDB, I have posted an article in the DBA StackExchange on how to go about doing this.

  • Making every link bold doesn't really help, you know. Other than that, nice answer. – scribu Aug 4 '11 at 19:47
  • Sorry for heavy links. I'll unbold my links for next time. Thank You !!! – RolandoMySQLDBA Aug 4 '11 at 20:39
  • Mmm, I thought even on not so high-traffic websites the use of MariaDB or Percona Server would be interesting. But it should be helpful for large sites. Thanks for the answer, and for your guide on DBA StackExchange. – javipas Aug 16 '11 at 12:09
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Might want to check out comparison results at http://vbtechsupport.com/606/ and http://vbtechsupport.com/657/ :)

My preference would be MariaDB 5.2

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