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Upload Website vs. Install WordPress?
Hi Everyone: Following Build Website instructions I purchased a Domain with a Hosting Server. It offers two prompts to choose from. Upload Website vs. Install WordPress. Of course I wish to practice coding on my new server. Will the latter option disable that? Should I go ahead and Upload "Smells Like Bakin" HTML & CSS coding via Cyberduck? I presume, I should choose Upload Website option vs. Install WordPress, correct? Thank you!
Go a head and upload your website manually. Your index.htm and your stylesheets should be fine if you paste them on the server, in the same directory and paths as you developed on your PC. FileZilla will connect to the server, and then you'll be able to just drag and drop your resources.
If you later decide to make a blog, you should be able to apply a WordPress layer onto your site.
Happy coding :-)
Aaron Walton3,557 Points
If you are hoping to be a web designer or developer I would avoid automated installation tools that web hosts provide. They may make things a bit simpler in the short term, but you probably won't know the specifics about where/how the installation is performed, what database is used, what version of Wordpress will be used etc. Installing Wordpress yourself is pretty simple and you will know exactly what is going on with the installation.
In your case you can run your code tests in the site root directory, or a subdirectory that you create. Wordpress can then go in a different subdirectory. Your server might look like:
/codetest.php /codetests/codetest.php /blog/wordpress files
And like Frederik suggested, you will want to use your own FTP program rather than the upload feature through the site host as it will speed things up quite a bit.
Knowledge of Wysiwig ( What you see is what you get) editors of the sorts is good to know. But please take your time and Learn and understand the basics of Web design & dev and syntax and fundamentals. When you have wisdom in these subjects using wordpess etc... are not bad at all and can also speed up your work flow. Hand-code vs generated is an ongoing debate.
With that said "There are no shortcuts in life".