| 10:41 pm on Oct 19, 2007 (gmt 0)|
You're not missing anything. You can install wordpress in any subfolder or subdomain you like.
If there is a compelling reason, it is the same reason as having any type of homepage at the root. I personally haven't questioned this much, I admit, because "that's how everyone else does it."
Not all websites operate in the root directory. The Godaddy site is the first that springs to mind, that redirects you to a folder. I've seen blogs that do what you describe as well.
Obviously, if you do install in a folder, have a redirect in place from the root.
| 11:03 pm on Oct 19, 2007 (gmt 0)|
If the site is intended to be a blog site from the get go, you can simply install WP in the root. If you need the home/index page to be sticky, there's a plugin that can accomplish just that as well as a function within WP where you can choose that option. Many WP blogs are set up that way.
My own practice is to use a folder for the blog only where the site is already a static html site or where I need it to be static at the outset.
| 11:35 pm on Oct 19, 2007 (gmt 0)|
Matt Cutts has suggested not putting it in the root, in case it's ever decided to put something else on the site also.
| 2:49 am on Oct 20, 2007 (gmt 0)|
If you are using wordpress as a blog addition to a static website, then put it in a folder.
If your site is going to be a wordpress blog site, then put it in root
You can also make your website in wordpress as a CMS where you put it in root but you can use a "page" as the front page and point the blog to a section within it under options. The combination of "pages" and posts can make a website with a blog all content managed.
| 3:47 pm on Oct 20, 2007 (gmt 0)|
Thanks for all the input.
Has anyone ever intalled WP @ root and found that that decision made life thereafter increasingly complex as "the blog website" grew?
Anyone have a tale of woe or cautionary tale?
Is there a compelling reason to opt for installation @ root? "Yes, do that IF . . . "?
I'm pretty much convinced that all installations should be in their own directory and not @ root . . except . . I have to wonder about the future evolution of WP. At some point its development may deflect more towards CMS than strictly blog. Maybe never, but never say never - right? :)
Alrighty, sub-directory it is . . unless a force of nature arrives to alter the landscape. You out there, Ms. or Mr. Force of Nature? :)
| 3:51 pm on Oct 20, 2007 (gmt 0)|
|You can also make your website in wordpress as a CMS where you put it in root but you can use a "page" as the front page and point the blog to a section within it under options. The combination of "pages" and posts can make a website with a blog all content managed. |
That is an outstanding idea! You've just solved a problem for me with that suggestion. Thank you!