Why should you use WordPress? Because it’s awesome. There are a ton of reasons why WordPress is a quality platform for building websites. Here’s the latest entry in our Why WordPress series:
WordPress is quick and easy to install. That’s big because you should be focusing on your content, not wresting with software. With WordPress, that installation wrestling match is as short as possible so you can get to back to the work you know best—your own content.
The Famous Five-Minute Install
WordPress is famous for its five-minute installation process. That’s right—up and running in less than five minutes. It’s that quick and easy to get things started.
This basic installation process is quick and easy, but there are a few things that may be intimidating for the novice user. If that’s you, WordPress offers all kinds of installation help. There’s plenty of documentation walking you through the process and pointing out potential hiccups.
How to Install WordPress Manually
We recently put together an eBook on how to install WordPress manually. This guide walks step-by-step through the manual install process with helpful screenshots and tips.
Note: While a manual install may take a bit longer, it does helps to correct the security and “bloat” issues associated with using quick-install applications provided by most hosting providers.
If you’re really not sure what you’re doing, many hosting services offer one-click WordPress installation. They’ll do all the dirty work (if five minutes of work can be considered “dirty”) and install it for you.
Here’s a video tutorial on how to install it using cPanel and Fantastico (for HostGator):
WordPress’ super speedy install gets you the basic theme and no content. You’ll still need to install the theme you want, customize your settings, tweak any graphics and start adding content, so check out these WordPress tutorials for moving beyond the installation process.