MariaDB Health Checks Plugin Now Available on – WP Tavern

Sarah Gooding
A new MariaDB Health Checks plugin is now available on, thanks to the efforts of contributors involved in the 2023 CloudFest Hackathon which took place in Germany. MariaDB is a popular open source database used by those looking to further scale their websites, as it is generally faster than MySQL with better support for a concurrent number of connections.
“At the moment it appears WordPress is dominating the PHP world, so this seemed to be the perfect target,” MariaDB Foundation Chief Contributions Officer Andrew Hutchings said about creating the plugin at the hackathon.
“The MariaDB Foundation loves WordPress (I’m writing this post in WordPress right now) so it seemed like a logical project.”
The plugin helps users debug their MariaDB databases by displaying important information, such as logs, locale, connections, character set and collation, and options. It also shows a graph of the number of queries and the execution time over the last 24 hours.
The plugin also integrates with WordPress’ Site Health feature with two checks: an end-of-life check and a check for whether Histograms have been run. Histograms are an optimizer that can help improve MariaDB performance, and the plugin enables calculation of histograms to run on WordPress tables with the click of a button under the plugin’s Tools menu.
“There are a few features now and it is a good framework to add more features to in future,” Hutchings said. “This is a community project and is open to suggestions and pull requests. This is a project that we at the MariaDB Foundation want to support in the future.”
MariaDB Health Checks is developed on GitHub where developers can follow the plugin’s progress, contribute to new features, and report bugs.
It’s worth mentioning that the Wapuu used in the featured image of this post is one of the WordCamp Varna official Wapuus crafted specifically for WordCamp Varna 2017:
Thanks for that additional info, Marin!
Thank you Marin, I’ll make sure that the MariaDB Foundation that uses that image is properly attributed to this.
This is great to see. It can be a huge help for people to troubleshoot things related to their hosting. I love it when we get more types of health checks like this. Nice work to all of those involved!
This is a great plugin and will be very useful for developers to monitor and troubleshoot the performance issue with MariaDB, especially on a high-traffic sites.
I’m glad that the MariaDB Foundation made it and contribute it to the WordPress ecosystem.
This looks quite useful.
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