What are MySQL and MariaDB?
MySQL and MariaDB are relational database management systems. These tools can be used on your server to manage the data from many different programs. Both implement forms of the SQL querying language, and either can be used on a cloud server.
This guide will cover how to create a database using these tools. This is a fundamental skill needed to manage your data in an SQL environment. We will also cover several other aspects of database management.
For the purposes of this guide, we will be using an Ubuntu 12.04 server on a small server instance. However, everything should translate directly to other distributions.