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WordPress How to Make a Website with WordPress Installing WordPress The Famous 5-Minute WordPress Install

Lucille daCosta
Lucille daCosta
2,286 Points

The WordPress 1 step install is so easy! Is there any reason/benefit in knowing the 5 minute install?

Just wondering why the manual install is important as opposed to 1 step install.

6 Answers

If you do it manually you can set your own passwords for the mysql databases and also take more security measures, to make your website or blog more secure from hacking. Another thing to know is that there are various types of hosting control panels, there are also other types of hostings. Cpanel is one of the types of hosting control panels, there are hostings without cpanel. So it is good to have a 2nd option for more flexibility.

Zac Gordon
STAFF
Zac Gordon
Treehouse Guest Teacher

If you're looking to become a WordPress Developer here are a few other reasons it's good to know:

  • Local dev usually involves manual install
  • Migrating sites is much like installing manually and it's good to know the install process when you're migrating a site
  • Some hosting providers might not offer 1 click install (mostly larger or more stripped down powerful servers)

That said, you can definitely get by making sites without needing to know this. Plus, you can always look it up if you ever need ;p

Meg Cusack
Meg Cusack
11,448 Points

Zac- just a note that it would be helpful if you noted we do not need to do both the 1 minute install and the 5 minute during the tutorial. It was not clear, I did both and was confused when I went to create a database and there was one already there. :-)

Lucille daCosta
Lucille daCosta
2,286 Points

Thanks very much everyone. It also seems that to create a child theme you need to know how to work with the ftp software. Since I did the one click install, I don't even know how to access that. I'm in over my head already!

I feel the same way! I installed the one click method and I am having troubles setting up the child theme via Zac's "How to make child theme tutorial"

Lucille daCosta
Lucille daCosta
2,286 Points

Thank you! I appreciate the info!

You are welcome :)

Kevin Korte
Kevin Korte
28,135 Points

Yes, I agree with Gloria. I don't use the one-step install just so I can set db passwords myself, give the WP tables a custom prefix, and make sure the keys in the cofig file are properly salted. All of this helps with security.

Lucille daCosta
Lucille daCosta
2,286 Points

I ended up with the one click install. Then I followed the instructions for setting up ftp, creating a child theme, etc.

I had to call GoDaddy and found out where my files were on my CPanel--then things made sense! I see where everything is now.