Questions we receive are generally related to getting started with WordPress self-hosted blogs. To help our prospective WordPress friends, I thought I would answer some of the common questions as they relate to installing WordPress.

Here it goes…

Q: Is it hard to install WordPress?

For our tech savvy friends, the general consensus is WordPress is not hard to install but this does factor on several variables. For example, sometimes a cheap hosting companies will seem like they’re making it really difficult to install WordPress because they’re not in the business of helping their users but rather to make money. Additioanlly, they’ll offer some cryptic documentation (help files) that’s not easy to understand. Some do offer 1-click WordPress installs but I personally frown upon these as it’s often a tricky solution should something need to be fixed later on. Manual installs are best.

Q: Why do I have to install WordPress, can’t it just run in a cloud?

You don’t have to install WordPress. There’s always the WordPress.com solution where you can signup for a free blog and pay WordPress for their “extended” features. Truthfully, if you’re just looking to blog, this might be a good solution for you. If you’re looking to create anything more than just a blog, say a business blog or an online magazine, then this might not be your best solution.

Q: I don’t have time to install WordPress, is there a quicker solution?

Yes, not blogging is a quicker solution but then you might not achieve the results you’re looking to gain. Come’on, is this really a question?

Q: What could I screw up if I do it the wrong way?

Yes, you can partially install WordPress the wrong way and find a ton of errors later on. Also, having the wrong type of hosting environment can make your WordPress dreams more like nightmares. Additionally, you might not want to waste time trying to figure all these errors out when it could have been installed properly the first time.

Q: What do you mean Database? Like Microsoft Excel?

No. WordPress requires a secure connection to a MySQL Database. This is not the same as desktop publishing database but rather a filling cabinet for your WordPress data.