Easy to use and widely spread
Carlos Eduardo de Souza | TrustRadius Reviewer
December 21, 2018

Easy to use and widely spread

Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with MySQL

As a Wordpress user and developer, I've been using MySQL on almost all of our projects for years, it's very common and hosting solutions with MySQL are usually cheap, so it's a no-brainer to use it. Also, there's a ton of applications that make it very easy to interact and manage MySQL databases, so you don't have to be an expert at all.
  • It's very cheap to find hosting solutions with it
  • WordPress and many other CMSs rely on it
  • There are a lot of GUI applications that make it much easier to work with MySQL
  • It's rather easy to understand how it works
  • Big projects can't rely on MySQL since it's performance is not that good
  • Security is one of the major concerns
  • We've had some stability issues with some projects with a lot of users
  • It's free to use locally, has no impact whatsoever in our finances
  • Hosting solutions (shared or VPS, for instance) are very common and cheap
  • Our go-to CMS (WordPress) uses it, so it's a no-brainer to use it on every project we deliver
I'm not that expert on MariaDB, but as far as I know, it has great support from tools and frameworks, but it's not that usual to find hosting with it installed rather than MySQL. Since MariaDB is a 'fork' from MySQL (since it was bought by Oracle), the transition from MySQL is very straightforward to do. Also, it's a common choice among developers who don't want to rely on a single company (Oracle) and it has strong support from its contributors (developers and engineers).
It's perfect for small to medium projects since it's a cheap solution (shared hosting) and works with a lot of tools like WordPress, Drupal, etc. On the other hand, bigger projects with a lot of content and users at the same time, which needs more performance and reliability, it could be very unstable. For that, there are better choices.