Centmin Mod v1.2.3-eva2000.07 default MariaDB MySQL setup is listed at http://centminmod.com/mysql.html. How is MySQL (MariaDB) installed ? MariaDB 5.5 MySQL performance fork is used by default as an alternative to official Oracle MySQL 5.1/5.5/5.6 Servers. MariaDB MySQL server is installed via official MariaDB RPMs. Why MariaDB MySQL ? Put simply, MariaDB 5.2.x MySQL server currently has the best performance mix for both MyISAM and InnoDB storage engines in MySQL. You can read benchmarks I did on my blog Part 1 and Part 2. While it may not make as much difference for VPS and dedicated servers with low memory and cpu core count specifications, MariaDB 5.2.x uses Percona's XtraDB InnoDB engine so has same or somewhat better InnoDB performance as Percona but MariaDB is the only MySQL version which still focuses on MySQL core improvements as well as improvements to MyISAM engine. Read an interview with MariaDB and MySQL founder Michael Widenius "Monty" titled,There is no reason at all to use MySQL: MariaDB, MySQL founder Michael Widenius. The interview outlines alot of reasons why popular GNU/Linux distributions such as Fedora, openSuse, Arch Linux, Slackware are switching their default Oracle MySQL packages over to using MariaDB MySQL. Popular web sites such as Wikipedia have also switched over to MariaDB MySQL as well. News from Red Hat Summit, also will see Red Hat 7 switch from Oracle MySQL to MariaDB MySQL. This is big news as Oracle MySQL base starts to dwindle, MariaDB MySQL user base will be increasing. Hence, decision for Centmin Mod default installs to use MariaDB MySQL is the right one. You can also add Google to the long list of companies migrating to MariaDB as well according to TheRegister.co.uk. Managing MySQL Databases and Users Currently, Centmin Mod doesn't bundle any tools to manage MariaDB MySQL. You have to do it: Via SSH telnet command line see MySQL documentation athttp://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/5.5/en/tutorial.html, MySQL Access Privilege System and MySQL User Account Management (example shown in Wordpress + WP-FFPC plugin + ngx_pagespeed guide) OR Install phpmyadmin yourself OR Install tools such as HeidiSQL on your own pc to connect to your server ? Changing MariaDB 5.5 default character set and collation from latin1 to utf8 ? Page 3 of my blog article outlines different ways to change MySQL 5.1 or 5.5 server's default character set and collation from latin 1 to utf8. The same applies to MariaDB 5.5 MySQL server which defaults to latin1 character set and latin1_swedish_ci collation. You can see the defaults for MariaDB 5.5 MySQL server by typing the following command in ssh telnet (you'll be prompted to enter mysql root password if set, otherwise if mysql root doesn't have a password set, just hit enter): Code: mysqladmin -u root -p var | grep -E 'character|collation' | tr -s ' ' following output: Code: | character_set_client | latin1 | | character_set_connection | latin1 | | character_set_database | latin1 | | character_set_filesystem | binary | | character_set_results | latin1 | | character_set_server | latin1 | | character_set_system | utf8 | | character_sets_dir | /usr/share/mysql/charsets/ | | collation_connection | latin1_swedish_ci | | collation_database | latin1_swedish_ci | | collation_server | latin1_swedish_ci | Note, character_set_system is UTF8 by default on latin1 default system and that is normal as MySQL system database and tables themselves at /var/lib/mysql/mysql/*are UTF8 by default. But every other database created defaults to latin1 if database and table creation queries don’t specify charset and collation values. To change defaults respectively for character set and collation to utf8 and utf8_general_ci, you need to add under [mysqld] group in /etc/my.cnf the following line character-set-server=utf8: Code: [mysqld] character-set-server=utf8 Then restart MariaDB 5.5 MySQL server via command: Code: service mysql restart or via Centmin Mod command shortcut: Code: mysqlrestart Then double check the defaults with the above command again: Code: mysqladmin -u root -p var | grep -E 'character|collation' | tr -s ' ' following output: Code: | character_set_client | utf8 | | character_set_connection | utf8 | | character_set_database | utf8 | | character_set_filesystem | binary | | character_set_results | utf8 | | character_set_server | utf8 | | character_set_system | utf8 | | character_sets_dir | /usr/share/mysql/charsets/ | | collation_connection | utf8_general_ci | | collation_database | utf8_general_ci | | collation_server | utf8_general_ci | Note, only MySQL databases and tables created after this change will by default be created as utf8 character set and collations. Any databases before this change, will still be latin1. MariaDB 5.5 MySQL ? As at May 18th, 2013, latest Centmin Mod v1.2.3 and higher have MariaDB 5.5 MySQL default support as outlined here. For existing Centmin Mod users still on MariaDB 5.2, you'll find the new revised menu option #12 is for MariaDB 5.2.x update to MariaDB 5.5.x for folks wanting to test older Centmin Mod installs upgrade process to MariaDB 5.5 Since MariaDB 5.5 uses YUM repository, future updates can be done via YUM: Code: yum update --disablerepo=CentALT MariaDB-client MariaDB-common MariaDB-compat MariaDB-devel MariaDB-server MariaDB-shared MariaDB-test Before upgrading it is highly recommended to backup all your mysql databases usingmysqldump backup Code: mysqldump -u mysqlusername -p mysqldatabasename > /path/to/mysqldatabasename_backup_date.sql restore Code: mysql -u mysqlusername -p mysqldatabasename < /path/to/mysqldatabasename_backup_date.sql What about MySQL 5.6 ? MariaDB 10.x ? Yes, I already have standalone test upgrade scripts written for MySQL 5.6 and MariaDB 10.x (MariaDB's equivalent MySQL 5.6 base) which are based on the same standalone test upgrade script for MariaDB 5.5. So far I've only tested MariaDB 5.5 and MySQL 5.6.10 standalone test upgrade scripts. More testing will be needed before inclusion in Centmin Mod v1.2.3+ and higher releases.