The WordPress 5 minute install is here. Actually it only takes about 3 minutes if you have your web hosting and domain ready to go.
A little background. WordPress is a blogging platform using things like PHP and SQL to create a dynamic website – but it’s more than a website. It is a complete authoring system. It is the web editor and the presentation all in one. It contains the admin console and can be a chameleon with its built in theme functionality. It can take free and paid themes that change its look dramatically so that it can appeal to those with completely different tastes.
WordPress also has a rich plugin functionality which enables programmers to create add on functionality absent in the original WordPress installation. This is just a tip of the iceberg introduction, but it’s no wonder that WordPress has grown into such a well known and widely used web document publishing platform. Anyone can create professional looking websites that conform to web standards.
Another ting that you may not know about WordPress is that it is open source. This is a blessing and a curse. It is a blessing because it enables the platform to evolve and grow, with the rich plugin and theme support that I already mentioned. It’s a curse because with source code in hand, any talented bad person can use that to cause trouble for WordPress users. Thankfully there are security plugins to assist there.
Let’s Get Going with the WordPress 5 Minute Install
I’ll show you, then then I’ll write more.
So wasn’t that easy?
I told ya!
So, as you can see in the video, you simply pull up your web hosting service CPANEL and go to the software install app and choose WordPress. You set up the basics – just take the defaults and choose a good admin ID and password, and install it.
Keep that login information safe and secure in case you need it because you WILL forget it at one time.
After that is done, make sure that you download and install the latest Yoast SEO, antivirus, and WordPress All in One Security plugins and harden that installation. Be careful with the login lockdown features though unless you know what you’re doing because you can lock yourself out and would need to know how to use FTP to get in there and muck with files to restore access.
I recommend changing the database and filesystem prefixes though so that it makes it MUCH harder for attackers to guess what you’re using and to exploit it on you.
The WordPress 5 minute install was really more like 3 minutes though but that’s fine as long as it’s not over 5 minutes. In reality, 10 minutes would be fine but that 5 minutes really gets people’s attention, and it came in under schedule.
So now that you have a blog, how can you make it pay off?