installing wordpress For those unfamiliar with the the title of this post, it is a quote from the front page of WordPress. ‘Download & Install WordPress with our famous 5-minute installation. Feel like a rock star.’ Now a word of warning for those who may be considering moving their blog from another platform to WordPress. It takes more like 5 weeks and at the end of the process you will feel more like a rock than a rock star. It is decidedly not easy and takes a mountain of searching forums, bulletin boards and help files to find the answers that you need.

In one instance, I had a very small problem with my initial installation and searched high and low for a remedy. After two days of reading, hunting, searching and trying to decipher hundreds of code suggestions, I discovered that the WordPress program itself could perform the fix automatically. So much for clearly written help files. The WordPress ‘help file’ is called a ‘Codex’ for some reason. So after solving my problem, I was left with one more conundrum. What the hell is a ‘Codex’? So off to my dictionary.

codex |ˈkōˌdeks|

noun ( pl. codices |ˈkōdəˌsēz, ˈkäd-| or codexes )

an ancient manuscript text in book form.

• an official list of medicines, chemicals, etc.

ORIGIN late 16th cent. (denoting a collection of statutes or set of rules): from Latin, literally ‘block of wood,’ later denoting a block split into leaves or tablets for writing on, hence a book.

Now that really sounds like a useful name for a help file!

Since deciding to move The Vandal from Google’s Blogger to WordPress, I have been through a learning curve that would probably, when measured accurately, extend to the moon and back again. Twice! This is not to say that the effort hasn’t been worthwhile, but I must say that the road to success is full of potholes and booby traps. My advice to anyone considering moving to the WordPress self-hosted platform would be to read, read, read and then experiment for some time before making your new site live.

It is now approaching two months since I made the change and now I’m finally happy with how it all works and I can get back to doing what I like doing. Writing. Blogging for me is my discipline that ensures I write something everyday. Sometimes complete nonsense, but still writing. So enough css, php, html, plugins, themes and widgets for me. Back to tired old clichés, aching alliterations, adverb abuse and arguing with my spellchecker.

Famous 5 Minute Install
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6 thoughts on “Famous 5 Minute Install

  • 24/08/2011 at 4:10 pm

    I thought it was just me! It took me forever to figure the whole thing out. They say that they go through it step by step, but it was really several giant leaps. I am not really sure how I got my photo working in my Gravatar…..

    Now I am really happy with it too. If I could only get some traffic!
    Great post~

    • 24/08/2011 at 5:51 pm

      Thanks for taking the time to comment Susie. Yes, the Gravatar had me stumped for quite a while too. Seemed like an awfully convoluted way to get a profile picture on one’s own blog. Anyway, still striking little issues from time to time, so still learning. Good luck with your blog!

  • 24/08/2011 at 11:59 pm

    I tried setting up WordPress through the five minute installer. I gave up. I signed up with GoDaddy and they have an autoinstaller. No more headaches for me!

  • 25/08/2011 at 1:05 am

    I’ve tried figuring out WordPress three times and just couldn’t. It’s not as user friendly as Blogger and it’s almost like they set it up that way intentionally.

  • 25/08/2011 at 3:57 am

    I feel your pain. I also moved my blog from Blogger to WordPress, and I’m happy with the final result, but it was a rocky road to get there. Best of luck with it.

  • 25/08/2011 at 2:58 pm

    I’m on the progress of making blog in wordpress too, it takes all day for me to find out what kinds of blog that suit for me.. :)

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