WordPress started as an Open-Source Content Management System (CMS), that was written in PHP supplemented with a MariaDB or MySQL database. It was developed as a blog-publishing system but it evolved to support other types of web content like forums, traditional mailing lists, and online stores, to name a few.

MariaDB on the other hand is a commercially supported fork of MySQL Relational Database Management System. It started as an Open-Source community-developed software.

When you integrate WordPress MariaDB, you get to optimize your WordPress experience; from enhanced performance and scalability to robust data management.

This article covers the different steps involved in setting up a WordPress MariaDB Integration in detail. It first covers the basics of the two tools namely their key features before diving into the integration setup.  

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Steps to Set Up the WordPress MariaDB Integration

WordPress started with MySQL as its backend, but since MariaDB was developed as a drop-in replacement of MySQL, MySQL can be replaced with MariaDB as the backend for WordPress. This takes advantage of MariaDB’s better performance in addition to new features like new and improved database engines. Here are the steps you can follow to set up WordPress MariaDB Integration:

WordPress MariaDB Integration: Establishing an SSH Connection

  • To kickstart the process, you can start by migrating your existing MySQL database systems to MariaDB. 
  • Establish an SSH connection to your server first, and then stop the MySQL service with the following command:
/etc/init.d/mysqld stop
  • You should see the confirmation as Stopping mysqld: [ OK ].
  • Before migrating, make sure that you backup your databases. For Linux, you can use the following commands:
cp /var/lib/mysql/ backup/ -r cp /etc/my.cnf backup/

WordPress MariaDB Integration: MySQL Service Removal

  • After backing up your essential database operations, the next step is the removal of MySQL service from your server. First, get a list of all the installed MySQL packages as follows:
rpm -qa | grep mysql
  • Uninstall the MySQL client and server, the development tools, the libraries by executing the following command yum remove mysql mysql-server mysql-devel mysql-libs 
  • To wrap up this step, verify your distribution and Kernel versions as follows:
cat /etc/redhat-release
CentOS release 6.4 (Final)
uname -a
Linux test.server 2.6.32-358.23.2.el6.i686 #1 SMP Wed Oct 16 17:21:31 UTC 2013 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux

WordPress MariaDB Integration: Repository File Generation

  • The next step in the process is to generate the correct MariaDB repository file and store it under the /etc/yum.repos.d/ folder, based on the information from the commands report as follows:
[root@test yum.repos.d]# cat MariaDB.repo
# MariaDB 5.5 CentOS repository list - created 2014-06-01 14:13 UTC
# http://mariadb.org/mariadb/repositories/
name = MariaDB
baseurl = http://yum.mariadb.org/5.5/centos6-x86

WordPress MariaDB Integration: MariaDB Installation

  • In the installation of the repository file, as shown above, the URL of the GPG key is included. This is needed to verify the integrity of the package downloaded. The next step in this process is MariaDB installation. You can carry this out as follows:
yum clean all
yum install MariaDB-server MariaDB-client

WordPress MariaDB Integration: MariaDB Version Verification

  • Yum retrieves and imports the GPG (GNU Privacy Guard) key in the MariaDB installation process. It installs the MariaDB-compat and MariaDB-common dependencies along with the MariaDB server and client applications. Next, you need to start the MariaDB service and verify the version as follows:
/etc/init.d/mysql start
Starting MySQL... SUCCESS!
Welcome to the MariaDB monitor.  Commands end with ; or g.
Your MariaDB connection id is 2
Server version: 5.5.37-MariaDB MariaDB Server
Copyright (c) 2000, 2014, Oracle, Monty Program Ab and others.
Type 'help;' or 'h' for help. Type 'c' to clear the current input statement.
MariaDB [(none)]> SHOW VARIABLES LIKE "%version%";
| Variable_name           | Value               |
| innodb_version          | 5.5.37-MariaDB-34.0 |
| protocol_version        | 10                  |
| slave_type_conversions  |                     |
| version                 | 5.5.37-MariaDB      |
| version_comment         | MariaDB Server      |
| version_compile_machine | i686                |
| version_compile_os      | Linux               |
7 rows in set (0.01 sec)

WordPress MariaDB Integration: Verification of WordPress Imports

  • This step would conclude the WordPress MariaDB Integration. To verify if your WordPress database is correctly imported, you can run a few simple MySQL queries for verification as follows:
MariaDB [(none)]> use wp1;
MariaDB [wp1]> explain wp_options;
| Field        | Type                | Null | Key | Default | Extra          |
| option_id    | bigint(20) unsigned | NO   | PRI | NULL    | auto_increment |
| option_name  | varchar(64)         | NO   | UNI |         |                |
| option_value | longtext            | NO   |     | NULL    |                |
| autoload     | varchar(20)         | NO   |     | yes     |                |
4 rows in set (0.01 sec)
MariaDB [wp1]> select * from wp_options where option_name like "%home%";
| option_id | option_name | option_value          | autoload |
|        36 | home        | http://testdomain.com/| yes      |
1 row in set (0.01 sec)

The functionality of the WordPress websites can be confirmed by loading them on a web browser as well.


This article talks about the steps you can follow to set up the WordPress MariaDB Integration in 6 simple steps. It also covers a brief overview of the features of the two tools before getting down to brass tacks. 

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