MariaDB strives to be the logical choice for database professionals looking for a robust, scalable, and reliable SQL server. To accomplish this, Monty Program works to hire the best and brightest developers in the industry, work closely and cooperatively with the larger community of users and developers in the true spirit of Free and open source software, and release software in a manner that balances predictability with reliability.
You can use the following steps to replace mariaDB instead of mysql. Please verify mariaDB requirements and compatibilities before use it.
Step 1: Backup existing MySQL data
Make sure to save all existing data just in case there are any issues.
cp -Rf /var/lib/mysql /var/lib/mysql-old mv /etc/my.cnf /etc/my.cnf-old
Step 2: Disable the targets so cPanel no longer handles MySQL updates
The following will mark the versions of MySQL we distribute as uninstalled so they are no longer maintained by cPanel/WHM