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)

4 thoughts on “You know what sucks? Installing WordPress..”

  1. Having ssh access does indeed make the setup on bad web hosting a lot faster however the fact you have to do all that makes me question your web hosting. Shouldn’t you have a cpanel of sorts that you can just click/install then use the automatic wordpress installer to upgrade?

    1. Not all of us like cpanel setups, And like i said, The version on release with them is usually out of date IMO.

      You have to remember that i also do a lot with WP Trunk (Core) so i’m more often than not installing nightly releases rather than the latest stable release.

      (That, And i’m running on a VPS, No way am i paying $20/month extra for a Cpanel license that’ll just slow the box down even more)

  2. As for the VPS I agree don’t pay, however you could use a free cpanel like VHCS2. You are correct the version shipped with most cpanels are out of date but after wordpress is installed its MUCH easier to upgrade then it is to fully install.

    I was just trying to be helpful :)

    1. I realise you were just being helpful :) And i’d recommend a Panel to most VPS users (As long as its 512MB or higher).

      I actually was using Lxadmin (or something, it came with my previous VPS providers offerings) but got rid of it pretty quickly, Simply because it couldnt handle my “custom” configs (I wanted – which since my last forced VPS move, i’ve not yet got around to re-activating..)

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