Announcing WordPress Automatic Installer

Good evening peoples.

I’d originally been planning on announcing/releasing this at another time, but plans have fallen through. So instead, Its happening now. This is a small preview video of whats to come, All in all, the  script (as you see it below) is ready to go, I have a few more things i want to add to it, but for now, its working quite nicely, Installing WordPress and configuring it all in one sweep, in under 65KB of code (Which might i add, Could be made much smaller, But I’m using WordPress Libraries – HTTP + Filesystem + WP DB + Various Functions for the ease of use they provide)

Now, Onto the video, Its a 1024x800px video, So i’m not sure how this is going to embed, I’m trying out Vimeo for this, But heres a direct link to the file anyway: WordPress Automatic Installer

I’ll be posting a link to download the script/App in the coming days, I’m not going to be very available in the next few days, So i’m delaying it until i’m available to answer questions/etc. If you’ve got any, ask away in the comments, and i’ll write a FAQ up based off them.

I fully expect this Vimeo video to be unwatachable due to the resolution.. So the above xvid may be the only way, Or wait till mid week for a post with images instead.. (I found clicking the full screen icon helps a lot)

Stats:
Over 14,000 lines of code (Much from the WordPrss Libararies)
520KB worth of code before my custom Builder/minimiser hits it
228KB worth of code after my custom minimiser hits it
65KB worth of code after Gzip’d and Base 64’d for distribution.
1 file installer – Yep, No need to upload 8MB of files, just a single 65KB file, and let your web browser do the rest.

Edit: I’ve promised people alpha’s of this, and never gotten around to it, Simple reason has been that i’ve been having less time available for WordPress, and i just need to get things out there rather than letting them be tested, So run a much, go make conspiracies about what  my code may bring, But return and review  the code when its released in a few days.

Oh one more thing, I need a name! So start suggesting names, “WordPress automatic Installer” it is for now, But i’ve got 3 others in mind, of course, the domains are taken on all of them, So if you’ve got something you think is a go-er, Send me a email via my contact page, I’m sick of people squating on good domain names..

Oh, One more thing! The Carrington Blog theme SUCKS ASS. Not only did i have to recode crap in it, but now i find out the content column is more than just fixed width, its damn scrollbar width…. I wish i had the time to actually code something decent for myself once in awhile instead of giving back to the community..

Random photos from Last Week (20090720)

Seems this might become a weekly/fortnightly series.. Random photos from the places I end up visiting.

Note that they’re most likely almost always going to be taken with my phone (Nokia 6220 classic – 5MP of overrated megapixel goodness) so the quality is nothing great, but certainly nothing to be ashamed of for such a small package!

You know what sucks? Installing WordPress..

Yep. I’ve always hated installing WordPress, When i’m creating a new WordPress install, its because I want to play with it right NOW, not in 10 minutes, not in 30 minutes..

Many people will quote the “famous 5 minute WordPress install” but like nearly every other decent sized Web app. out there, This simply isnt true

I mean, Step back for a moment, and look at the steps that you have to do:

  1. Download the Install package from the website – 7MB ~1 minute on a 1.5Mbit connection
  2. Extract the Archive – 20 seconds
  3. Open your FTP Application, Upload the 10MB of files, ~30 minutes
  4. Visit the Location you installed it in, Run the install ~2 minutes
  5. Realise PHP cant create its config file automatically, Create it manually, ~5 minutes

Hooray! We have it installed!

..Now, that  ”quick” install took nearly 40 minutes.. I dont know about you, But by that time I’ve usually nearly lost interest in what I was originally doing..

Luckily, Since we now have the Core Upgrades as part of WordPress,  We dont have to deal with a 30-minute FTP Upgrade.. Its more like a 1-2 minute upgrade..

Thankfully.. People like to automate things, And there are a few other alternative methods of installing,  For example, Some hosts now offer Auto-Installers such as Fantastico, Unfortunately these are not always 100% up-to-date when a new release comes out, and often only allows English installs.

(Side note: Yes, I now use SSH + SVN, so a new setup only takes me ~2 minutes via the Command line)