How about a tiny WP installer?
I'm using WP for all my clients who need a website with a control panel and I need to upload the WP core files to the FTPs. I use two methods:
1. I extract the ZIP file and upload all the extracted files to the FTP.
2. I upload the ZIP file and extract it via cPanel.
(Frankly, both ways require some time.)
I've been thinking: What if someone built a tiny app (maybe only 1 file) to install WordPress? We could just upload the app and then install WP with it. Think about it:
- It could download (_transload_) tha latest version of WP (with a language chooser)
- It could include all the installing options of the original installer (wp-admin/install.php)
- There could even be options for selecting the most popular plugins/themes in WP.org/extend.
I'm not experienced enough to build such an app but I'll gladly help with the design of the page. (Of course, it would be nicer if Automattic Team could do it.)
What do you think?
I agree with Kommix. That is an excellent idea an would save quite a bit of time. As I was reading this I was also thinking about doing the same thing with themes. Granted, each theme maker is different, but what if there was a simple program built into WP that would allow the WP user to easily update their current theme, also taking into account the child theme. (Currently, most theme makers require you to download the theme to your computer, then ftp and extract the file into your server.) What if it was as easy as just clicking a button and you could automatically update your theme, kind of like when WP comes out with a new version - you just click one button and it is done. *Just a thought*
A lot of CPanel hosts offer Fantastico, which does exactly this for many open source CMS's. If your CPanel host does not offer Fantastico, ask 'em why. I will say sometimes I use Fantastico, and sometimes I prefer doing a manual install, but Fantastico does do exactly what you are asking for.
Take a look at http://wpquickinstall.com/. It hasn't been updated in a while, but it probably still works.
@SuzanneL The host I use, has had their Fantastico installer "Under maintenance" for the past year :-/
Take a look at TinyWP
It's a single PHP file (less than 500 bytes) that you upload to your server and run.
It will download and unzip the latest version of WordPress, start the install process, and delete itself.
It isn't terribly pretty, but it's a very fast way to start a vanilla WordPress install.
it doesn't get any easier than that. In addition, this method has the advantage of being fully portable, i.e. not OS specific.
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