I’m often asked what I use to install WordPress.
The answer is pretty simple – it depends on the purpose. I try everything I can get my little hands on for some purposes.
The reason that I try everything is that I test a lot of plugins and themes (mainly my own products but for others as well). Different plugins and themes can often react differently depending on the WordPress install. So, if I’m testing something out then I’ll use Fantastico, a manual install and an auto installer. If it’s my own product I need to know that it works!
The reverse is also true as well. Sometimes a theme or plugin will work with a manual and fantastico install but not with an auto installer. When this happens, I usually write to the developer of the troublesome plugin/theme and put in a request for the product to be changed to play nice with the auto installer. I have to say that most developers I’ve contacted are always happy to help ….although it can take a while sometimes.
When I’m not testing stuff I’m usually building niche sites.
I love niche sites because I have a system of setting them up and maintaining them. When I first started building niche sites I realised that you need to have volume ie a lot of sites unless you want to become an authority site. Personally, I like my niche sites because I don’t like to put all eggs in one basket and would rather have my niches spread out. The problem though with building a lot of sites is that it can be time consuming.
Think about it.
First of all you have to choose a niche, gather your keywords, install wordpress, choose your related plugins and upload, choose a theme, gather your content, generate traffic. Plus, I’m a fusspot. There are some things that I like to have on all my niche sites and I really detest having to do the same old work over and over again. It’s boring 🙁
So, of course, there is a shortcut for some of it but you still need to do a little work 🙂
The first thing that I do is use an autoinstaller to install WordPress
Using an autoinstaller gives me a number of advantages like:
creating profiles for the things that I like to do. So for example; for my niche sites I have a "profile" created for "Niches" which contains my favorite theme, WP Flex and my favourite niche plugins. This means that I don’t have to search my hard drive for them or even worse install them one by one! I just select the profile and they are installed automagically.
I can do bulk installs. Usually, I select the profile; eg Niches and install 20 sites at a time. While they are installing I just make a coffee. In the time it takes for the kettle to boil my sites are all installed with the pages that I’ve asked for, with all my fave plugins and fave theme
Better still, I don’t have to clean up WordPress ie; remove the default post, links etc that WordPress automatically installs I just click a button to indicate that I don’t want that stuff.
Of course, WordPress, themes and plugins update from time to time. The good news is that I can update all my sites created with the autoinstaller whenever that happens with a click of the button. Completely painless 🙂
Finally, my autoinstaller allows me to backup the database and save it to my desktop.
Of course, you don’t have to use an autoinstaller for this.
I covered some other ways in my book, WordPress for Internet Marketers of acheiving the same thing. However, for ease of use and speed using my autoinstaller is my first choice every time.
You can see the interface on the right for my autoinstaller. The Submit Articles is actually another module you can buy with the script to automatically upload your content and drip feed it to your blog. That means you can take a long vacation 🙂 The module also has a handy rss feeds section as well where you can get feeds from Ebay, Amazon etc and add your affiliate id to earn some commissions. Personally, that’s not a feature that I use that often because I prefer custom affiliate plugins for that – still it is handy to have and there are other rss feeds that you can grab as well.
By the way if you purchase my fave autoinstaller through my link I will get paid a small commission. I’ll use my commission wisely to keep supplied in coffee