Self Hosting WordPress Tips

champagne glassesBlogging With Success is one year old! The three bloggers there are celebrating their  first anniversary by decking out the blog  in the new Thesis theme, so be sure to drop in and congratulate them on their success.

Switching to self hosted WordPress

If you are among the many bloggers who are aware of the advantages of blogging on your own domain rather than a subdomain like wordpress.com or blogspot, you may be ready to make the switch. If so you will be purchasing your own domain, hiring a web host, and self hosting WordPress.

Tutorials

After reading Tutorial: Install WordPress In Fewer Than 5 Minutes, you will be able to install WP in one of three ways:

  • Via FTP
  • Without FTP
  • Using Fantastico (An Automatic Script Installer)

The vast majority of hundreds of web hosts out there meet the WordPress minimum requirements. To run WordPress the web host just needs:

  • PHP version 4.3 or greater
  • MySQL version 4.0 or greater
  • The mod_rewrite Apache module

One click WordPress installation or manual installation?

Blue Host and Dreamhost offer “WordPress Auto-Install” and new WordPress updates are made available within 24 hours. MediaTemple and Hostcan also offer one-click WordPress installation too. In fact most web hosts do offer one-click WordPress installation.

OneClick is a WordPress Plugin+Firefox Add-On combo that reduces the effort needed to install a plugin or a theme for wordpress to just one simple click. It’s excellent for non-techies, people with restrictive firewalls, and just about anyone who uses wordpress and installs plugins and themes. There are also many videos available for those who are new to one click WordPress installation.

One Click WordPress Installation Warning

Here’s a word of warning for bloggers using one click WordPress installation. When you use programs like Fantastico to install your blog it creates the database, allocates the username and a password for you. If your database name and database user are similar or exactly the same then the only thing protecting your installation is the password. Using this one click installation method means you as the user then have no permission to change it in the future, unless you go through the awkward process of dealing with the hosting company to obtain the relevant privileges to the necessary files.

Manual Installation of WordPress

Many experienced WordPress users prefer to install WordPress manually using the instructions for manual installation found at WordPress.org due the foregoing problem. They have full and total control of their blog by using the manual installation method and prevent giving give hackers an easy access to their blogs. For additional protection they also install two plugins: WP Security Scan which performs a security scan of WordPress installation, and WordPress Exploit Scanner which scans your WordPress site for possible exploits.

3 thoughts on “Self Hosting WordPress Tips

  1. @SBA
    There have been many reports of wordpress.org installs being hacked. In almost every case the root of the problem is the one I have posted about. One can never be too careful when it comes to sign-in information so that’s why many wordpress users prefer to use the manual method of installation.

    Re: Your blog’s 1st anniversary. Those little glasses toasting you in the clipart represent me toasting both you and Mr. I. Thanks for being such great blogging buddies and long may you blog. :)

  2. Mr. I has been handling the nitty-gritty WP installs on our WP team blog, but I appreciate the information in this post — will come in handy if (when) I put up a WP blog for a client. Thanks for your nice words of congratualations on our blog anniversary!

  3. I have also read that one-click installation is not advised. The auth keys must be changed during installation. Also after you have installed it add a user and make him admin and delete the original admin because the hacker knows the username by default is admin! Labnol, in some post, had given many tips on making it secure. One should hide the version as well.

    Will keep all this in mind. Was unaware of many things written here.

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