Here’s a quick overview of five top databases that serve a range of use cases. This list includes both SQL and NoSQL options.

MySQL is one of the most widely used database engines MySQL is a component of the LAMP stack, which serves as the foundation for many content management systems, including WordPress MySQL is known for its high performance (especially for processing read operations), ease of use, and scalability Originally founded as an open source project, MySQL was acquired by Oracle in 2010 A free community edition of MySQL is still available, but some features and scalability require a paid enterprise license


  • Speed: Query limits and default read-only permissions make MySQL extremely performant, and there are more options available for memory-optimized tables
  • Integrations: Due to its popularity, MySQL has a larger variety of third-party tools and integrations than other database types
  • Reliability: MySQL is widely used and vendor-supported


  • Write Performance: Without optimizations, performance will decrease for write-heavy applications
  • Tiers: Features are split between the free Community edition and the paid Enterprise edition, which limits access to features and potential scalability

Use Cases: Websites (General), Ecommerce, Catalog/Directory