WordPress is NOT user friendly (19 posts)

  1. millinda
    Posted 7 years ago #

    I installed WordPress successfully. It is now in a folder on my host server. I can't see it on my website. I tried changing the settings to see what I could do to give it a nudge, but now it won't let me log on.

    I tried doing a one click installation from my host server but got a message that one click cannot install since the files are in a folder on my host server.

    WordPress is a waste of time. From all the discussions, it seems WordPress is frustrating to install and get running. Why do people create programmes that require IT professionals to work it? I think the best thing is for me to delete the programme.

  2. RoseCitySister
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Why don't you take 10 minutes to read the documentation and install it yourself?

    Seriously - spend 1-2 hours learning how to FTP and create a database. Posting an indignant message in the WordPress.org forums might make you feel better, but it makes you look kind of silly.

    Use the brains God gave you and THINK. It won't install because the files are in a folder on your server. Hmmmmm....such a dilemma. I mean, it's not like you could delete the folder. It just couldn't be that simple, mmmm?

  3. cotton.rohrscheib@pleth.com
    Posted 7 years ago #

    I have never had any issues installing wordpress, I don't see how it could be much easier to install.

  4. figaro
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Why do people create programmes that require IT professionals to work it?

    Maybe a visual will take the mystery out of it a little. Take a look at the video here:


  5. michaelsara
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Take 5 minutes to read the documentation about install!

  6. bracketbusters
    Posted 7 years ago #

    I don't know how easy it was to install wordpress since it came pre-installed with my host, but I have found everything else very useful. And that plug-in to automatically update wordpress was awesome!

  7. walkloss
    Posted 7 years ago #

    To be fair, it is quite a technical thing to get your head around if you've never done it before. I contacted my hosting company and they were very helpful about what to do.

    Once it's installed I've found it to be incredibly user friendly.

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  8. RoseCitySister
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Whooami, you should plug your site! If I recall, you have a very well-made FTP tutorial video - am I remembering correctly?

  9. jonmeadowbrook
    Posted 7 years ago #

    your post's subject is NOT accurate.

  10. Neill_Watson
    Posted 7 years ago #


    I can recall the first time I had to use a MySQL database and things like usernames and config files and I found it hard. However, since then I've installed WordPress many times easily. If you're not a techie person (and there's no reason you should be to use it), you could host your blog at wordpress.com and install it in seconds with no knowledge.

    Otherwise, if you've FTP'd the site and done evrything successfully, it could be a simple 'permissions issue' with some of the files? That means they're not set to be publicly visible.

    I'm sure it's something very simple and you'll soon be running.


    Neill W

  11. WordPress is very user friendly, for a given value of "user".

    If you can't figure out how to install WordPress and make it work on your website, then IMO you really should not be running your own website.

    Instead, you should consider using a managed site service to run your site. This takes all the hard work out of it and let you just write articles instead. Consider using WordPress.com, or even Blogger.

  12. fingmachine
    Posted 7 years ago #

    I can't write a simple <href or <img line of html but I've installed wordpress and WPMU countless times in addition to sharing a blog with a friend in Kuala Lumpur who can hardly speak English.

    You won't find easier to install and operate with a better support community anywhere.

    Try a hosting package recommended by wordpress.org that installs WP for you.

  13. Jaffasoft
    Posted 7 years ago #

    If 'figaros' mighty helpful and brilliantly simply explained tut was on the front page of wordpress, I would have only needed to type the wordpress address and then follow the five minute video.

    I tried for hours and searched for ways and how to's and found all the techy installation stuff difficult. l agree with this post that it's hard at the risk of appearing dumb.

    I've only returned a second time to try install after trying in 2 years ago and giving up. l someone that need to be shown because MySql and all these things we're unknown to me. Now need to find out how to make the site how i want it to look with a theme.

    Any links similar would be great.

  14. MySql and all these things we're unknown to me

    Then you should learn about them first. Or not host your own website.

    Databases and HTML and FTP and these sorts of things are basic and fundamental to the operation of any website. If you don't understand them, then you need to learn them before trying to create your own website.

    Or use a managed service, like WordPress.com, where you don't need to know the details of any of that.

  15. Jaffasoft
    Posted 7 years ago #

    I proved this wrong! All i needed was the 'site software' button in cPanel and it installed it.

  16. syncbox
    Posted 7 years ago #

    I have to agree with Otto42 -- there are plenty of places like blogger, xanga, myspace, wordpress.com to have a site without knowing anything.

    I mean, you can create a website from programs like Word, too... but that doesn't mean you know html or any of the associated technologies.

    php, xhtml, css, javascript, jquery, etc... all are skill sets that require time spent learning the technology. But with respect to installing WordPress, it really couldn't be easier, from third party installs (nearly all hosts have them) to simply uploading the files and using the install file... of course, you need to put those files on a server that meets the requirements for the software.

  17. I proved this wrong! All i needed was the 'site software' button in cPanel and it installed it.

    Good luck when you break it and then can't fix it because you don't have a clue about how it works.

    Automated installation systems like this are a detriment to web-based software in general, because they enable 1-click installs, but not 1-click fixes or customizations. We do not recommend using these sorts of systems around here.

    At a minimum, to install WordPress, you need to know:
    a) how to get files on your site,
    b) how to create a database for your site, and
    c) how to edit text files using a simple no-frills text editor.

    If you can do those three things, then the one-click installs are unnecessary.

  18. Neuromancer151
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Granted, I *am* a web developer, but I had WordPress up, running, updated to a newer version via the admin panel, and a new theme installed in approximately 5 minutes. I agree with most of the comments, that if you're not capable of making a database and getting WordPress running (as it's pretty much the easiest and most refined I've ever seen) then you should be looking to either learn how or get some help from someone who knows what they're doing.

    The install process being so simple is actually what hooked me, and then looking at (and playing with) the development API reeled me in. I used to code exclusively in ASP.NET or JSP, but now I'm 100% a WordPress developer.

  19. ManagementScripts
    Posted 7 years ago #

    LOL the wordpress installation is pretty simple, I preffer installing it manually now actually rather than using the likes of fantastico as sometimes i've found fantastico to cause unforseen issues with some scripts.

    For starters you would have had to specify an install directory if you used fantastico or cpanels own auto install feature so you should have made a note of it, however its probably in something like public_html/dir/wp/ or public_html/dir/blog

    best you can do is look in file manager in public_html to see what folders are there, if there are any you dont recognise or if there are any new ones you should look in those folders as it's probably in there somewhere, then simply just point your browser to that directory.

    wordpress couldn't be easier to use and tbh if you installed it manually you wouldn't have had any problems with it. The admin panel is a lot easier to use and a lot less confusing than it used to be, it used to use terms i didnt have a clue about but now its much more user friendly. Good Job wordpress!!!!

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