Although we are very supportive of simplifying and automating everything possible, in the case of installing WordPress everything are risks and problems.
Whenever we can simplify tasks to achieve our goals we will see it as an advantage, but not always the easy way is the best. Undoubtedly, when setting up a Web page we prefer to do things well so that later we do not have to make changes and corrections.
An example, of how there are two ways to do something, is installing WordPress. If you did not know, there is the option to install this content manager (CMS) manually and through a simple and automatic installation procedure offered by more and more Web hosting companies. Generally, and especially with shared Web servers, we are given the option of installing WordPress in 1-click, or rather, with an automatic installation.
At first glance it may seem a good idea to do it this way. In fact I, who have done many tests of this type of installation before writing this article, I can tell you that it is faster installation, but it has many disadvantages. As I was saying, while the shortcuts to achieving the goals are attractive, you must be wise and choose the best path.
The use of these fast installers presents problems, above all, in terms of security, and we’ll see specifically what I’m talking about. What I want you to keep in mind for now is that manual installation of WordPress is not too difficult, if it’s going to take a few more minutes, but the benefits are many.
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- 1 Outdated WordPress version
- 1.1 Patterns are created in the most sensitive data
- 1.2 Problems with plugins
Outdated WordPress version
One of the disadvantages of installing WordPress fast is that the version they offer you is not the latest one. The point is that WordPress is updated frequently and therefore those who offer quick installation services find it hard to keep up.
I would not know how the upgrade process of these installers works, but something happens that never offer the most current version.
We will see later that not having the latest version of WordPress can give us many problems with themes and plugins, in addition to generating security problems, remember that I once told you that older versions of WordPress are less secure.
On the other hand, if you manually install WordPress you are much more likely to have the updated version, but you should get a call.
Usually one downloads the WordPress installer from the official page and many times that version we download is no longer the last. Above all happens with WordPress web page designers, we are constantly installing WordPress. So, remember to check that the version you have is the most recent, although that’s not going to be a problem if you download WordPress today to install it today.
Patterns are created in the most sensitive data
I like to include several negative aspects of the quick installation at this point, because it is the same and therefore generates the same problem. The bosses are our biggest enemies talking about security on our website.
If you put the same key for everything, then guess one, you know all the others. What is considered a good practice when it comes to installing a content manager is that every time you are asked for a password, put a different one, that creates different levels of security.
In prefixes in the database tables
When you use a fast installer, say Fantastic, it simplifies the task a lot, and it automates everything that can be done. In this case, these installers take as base prefix for the database “wp_” which is the default one when you install WordPress.
The problem with this is that everyone knows what the default prefix is and if a hacker wanted to access a database they would start trying with this prefix.
With these installers there is no way to change this default configuration, so all your databases (in case you have more than one site) will have the same prefix for the tables.
On the other hand, with the manual installation, you can indicate the prefix of your tables in the database; The idea is that you use a prefix other than “wp_”.
In database password
When you use the database wizard (manual installation) you have the option to assign the password you want.
in fact there are wizards that provide you with a password generator to be truly robust; The same goes for the name of the database.
With the quick installation, the software is in charge of creating the necessary database (s) and it is the one who assigns the password and the user (usually the same for everything). The assignment of these parameters is automatic and therefore a pattern is generated; Once again, this in case you have several sites on your web server. Or you are hosted on a shared server where there are several WordPress Web pages installed with this automatic system.
Imagine how negative it may be that all your databases maintain a pattern; With which they know how one is called and what is their password, they will be able to decipher the others you can hack all the Webs that you have or they are in the same shared Web server.
In panel user and password
As with the database, pass with access to the control panel of WordPress. It is an automated system and assigns users correlatively; In the case of the password, what usually happens is that it is placed the same as that of the database.
If you look, it happens exactly what we do not want, that is to say they all have the same access and it is impossible to create the levels of security that I spoke to you.
Problems with plugins
By itself, having an old version of WordPress will give you problems with the plugins, now imagine that it is not only that you have an old version, but that the installation does not meet the criteria for installing certain plugins.
For some reason, many plugins put as a condition to be installed, that WordPress had a manual installation. Then, the simple installation becomes a headache because you can not use all the plugins you want.
It does not happen with all the plugins, but it happens and more than to worry about the incompatibility with the form of installation, you must worry about the incompatibility of the plugins with the version of WordPress. Yes, the panel will give you the option to update WordPress, but it would do double the work.
Installing unnecessary files
When using a fast installer like Fantastic, not only are installed the WordPress files, but also install some files of your own, which I suppose are to track the installations that are made or to add some note so that you know it has been Used this or that installer.
These files are unnecessary for running WordPress, and are not so much that they occupy space, but are files through which a hacker can enter our system, for example.
Not only that, there have also been heard cases where these simple installers put links without authorization in the Web sites. It’s like when you install a theme in WordPress and you see the link for you to go to the Web of the creator of the design, only without asking your permission, that is, those links can send your users anywhere.
Lack of technical support
When you install WordPress from its official website, or when downloading the file, you can consult with the team in case something goes wrong; With these simple installers, no. The point is that WordPress, as an organization, can not guide you with methods that are not your own, in any case that should do Fantastic or the software you have chosen, and will never be at the same height as the official support of WordPress.
In WordPress, when you use manual installation, you can help from forums in the same community, so it is very likely that solvents any problem.
Automatic installation 1-click vs. Manual Installation
Now, we have talked about the quick installation of WordPress and I have said that it is very simple, especially if you are a beginner, but now I want to show you a step by step manual installation so you realize that it is not so complicated:
- Download the files from the WordPress page.
- Create a domain account on the Web server, if you do not already have one.
- Load the WordPress installation files into the root directory of your domain (public_html).
- Create database (with the help of the wizard).
- Start installing WordPress (accessing the main URL of your domain).
- Once there, the installer will ask you for the user name, database name and database
- password (it is in this step where you can assign a different prefix to the tables).
- Assign a user name for the panel and a password and go.
If you look, it is not very complicated . As I’ve always said, the most complicated thing is to load the installation files, for the rest there are wizards that make the task much easier.
We always make manual installations, because it is much safer. For us the saving of time is not justified when we see it from the point of view of security.
Of course, if you do not know much about Web servers or you are afraid to do it manually, you can opt for easy installation but you already know the disadvantages!
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