I’m often asked about the difference between one click and manual WordPress installation. One click installation of WordPress usually comes with cPanel hosts (through Fantastico) and more non-cPanel hosts are beginning to offer it.
If you’re looking to have your blog installed quickly without glancing at a line of code or setting up a single database, then one-click install may be for you.
However, manual WordPress installation offers you a lot more control over the process. You can define the installation database and if you are an advanced user, you can edit some of the actual installation files.
This can be very beneficial if you want to include your own default information or if you want to install more than one instance of WordPress (or other software) using a single database.
For instance, if you plan to have a shopping cart, affiliate software solution, a CMS, and a blog all for one site – you can create a database named after the site and install all the items to that one database. In the long run, it will help to keep everything organized.
Each time you choose the one-click installation of WordPress, a new database will be created with a new user and password. Sometimes the one-click installations also come with an outdated version of the software to be installed.
Installing WordPress manually isn’t difficult once you get the hang of it (I’ve even created a WordPress installation video to help you).
Neither is the right or wrong way. The method you choose depends on your goals and the amount of control you wish to have over the installation process.