If you are in business you need your own website. I believe a self-hosted WordPress website is the easiest way to get online and start building up your business online.
I loved the infographic from CopyBlogger, until I got to step 5…
I’ve republished it at the end of this blog post with a warning – when you get to step 5, think carefully!
Why I prefer to manually install WordPress
I never used to have a problem with one-click WordPress installs. In fact I had several blogs, all one-clicked.
Then I got hacked.
Not just a “you plank leaving the login as admin” hacked, but the database invaded too.
Because my WordPress websites were on a shared space, the problem bounced from website to website.
They were all set up with the same email, the same username (admin!) and yes, the same password too
Needless to say, I was in a mess. Days of downtime….
Hostgator were fabulous and helped me clean everything and get back up and running again. (I still use Hostgator here on MLBO and highly recommend them. They are US based. If you are looking for great US based hosting try them out and use the code 25OFFwithjan for extra discount. My other UK websites and client sites are hosted on European servers with Webhosting Buzz, who are also fabulous)
The 1-click install you get varies from host to host. Some give you a mass of extra themes that you will never use. Others install plugins as standard. Some do not allow you full admin access, or allow you to change things like the wp-config or .htaccess file.
Securely Install Your WordPress Website
You may be tempted to shout that WordPress is insecure. But the reality is it was MY FAULT.
- I went for the easy install
- I was stupid and didn’t use different names and passwords
- I had themes and plugins I didn’t use just sat there – and not updating them either because I didn’t use them…
So despite keeping my WordPress installations up-to-date I was waving a flag that basically was yelling, “Come and get me!” Unfortunately, many WordPress users do that too.
I learnt my lesson the painful way.
For the sake of a few minutes and some basic security I lost DAYS of time and a lot of data. Data that I am sure I would not have lost if I went to my host for help in the first place!
While you cannot ever guarantee that you will never be hacked you can reduce the risk. Manually installing your WordPress website, adding a few simple security features and keeping everything (including themes and plugins) up-to-date are all simple steps.
It’s not difficult to manually install WordPress, although the WordPress instructions can be a little overwhelming – I have a guide available on Amazon Kindle that walks you through the process, step-by-step with screenshot images too
Now I have my hacked story out of the way, without further ado here’s the infographic!
Download your copy of How to Install WordPress and Build a Secure WordPress Blog from Amazon UK.