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Installing Wordpress - Best Practices?

Download from WP or use web hosts services?

3:17 am on Jul 1, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Hi All,

Been learning HTML, CSS, & general webmastery-type stuff over the past few months and am working on my first full website.

I would like one of the pages to be a blog. Ideally, I would like it to be on my index.html page. This raises 2 questions:

1. My web hosting service offers 1-click add-ons, one of which is WordPress. Normally, as I design pages, I prefer to work out all of the design and functionality on my hard drive, then change the code in the appropriate places and upload everything to my FTP server all at once. I've never dealt with WP and have only used a Blogger-hosted blog before. Is it possible to set everything up on my hard drive by downloading the software from WP.org first, rather than upload everything to my FTP server and then use the web hosts 1-click install?

This begs the next question:

2. I need a directory folder to put the WP software in when I install it via my web host. If I go this route should I make a folder called "index" and put index.html and all applicable files (including the WP software) inside?

Sorry for the lame-o beginner questions... Thanks!

6:20 pm on July 4, 2009 (gmt 0)


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Using a service, like CPanel + Fantastico, makes like easy, makes updates fast and easy (exception for "critical/securit" updates), decreases bandwidth consumption since (I believe) updates to Fantastico are not charged to your bandwidth usage by many hosts, etc.

As to question #2 - I'm note sure there's a "right answer". I would lean towards naming the directory in a way that describes the function of Wordpress on the website, eg. www.Example.com/blog.

5:58 pm on July 15, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I have a related question. If you start hosting your blog on Wordpress is it possible/easy to migrate your blog over to a new host?
6:06 pm on July 15, 2009 (gmt 0)

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i would definitely recommened hosting it on your own site just for this reason: you can install plugins without paying for them. last time i looked wordpress charged for that if you host with them.

tring to get a busy and successful blog without using plugins is like trying to do it with one hand tied behind your back.

and im pretty sure that if you host with wordpress then you can change the template easy enough (the visual stuff), but it won't let you alter the actual script. so if you want to make an extra call to the database on the homepage, or something like that, then you can't.

6:29 pm on July 15, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for the quick and helpful reply. I have a lot to learn so I wanted to give it a trial period before taking even as small a risk as paying for my own hosting, but I think I will just go ahead and bite the bullet.

Plus, I just saw that my host of choice is offering 4 free months, so that makes a good incentive. I understand that it's a policy on this website not to discuss web hosts, so I won't say which host it is.