Wordpress, manual install vs. through cPanel

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dcatalano / 5 Points
2013-02-05 1:05 pm EST
This is my first attempt at setting up a website and I have average, to slightly above average, computer skills. It has been recommended that I do a manual install of Wordpress rather than going through the cPanel installation. I am looking for pros and cons to each method and comment on whether I should even attempt the manual method.

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16,266 Points
2013-02-05 1:35 pm EST
Hello dcatalano,

Installing a program like Wordpress manually is not particularly difficult if you know how to do so. You will need to take steps such as creating the database, database user, uploading the files, and manually editing the configuration file. All in all, you can get that done in about 10 minutes.

Using the Softaculous installer, it takes only a moment and does all of those tasks behind the scene.

There is no security difference between the two as you are able to change the database name, table name prefix, select your admin username and password all from the installation form.

The only thing the manual install has control over that the auto install does not is which version you install. Softaculous uses the latest version, which is typically advised.

Overall, it is largely a personal preference. As someone who has done both many times, however, I side with the autoinstaller.

Best Regards,
Scott M

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