Install WordPress with WordPress Loader

in WordPress Tutorials

When you make a living online, time is everything. One of the main benefits of being self employed on the net is the freedom it allows. Specifically, the freedom to fit your work around your social life. However, that freedom quickly disappears if you are spending all your time at your computer working.

So I am always happy to hear about things that speed up tasks I do regularly. One feature I love in WordPress is the ability to upgrade via the admin area as it makes the upgrade procedure incredibly quick. However, this doesn’t really help for new installations.

Thankfully, Alister Cameron has released a great little script which speeds up the process of installing WordPress on your server. In the past I would download the latest version of WordPress and then upload the files via FTP. His new WordPress Loader script does this job for you.

All you need to do is upload the 66kb WordPress Loader file to your directory and click the go button. It then takes about 5 seconds to unzip the latest version of WordPress to the directory the loader file was uploaded to.

You still need to update the wp-config.php file as usual, however the whole installation process is now much quicker.

Some hosting panels do offer an automatic WordPress service which will install WordPress though I’m sure those who are not lucky enough to have this feature in their hosting package will really appreciate Alisters new script. I encourage you to check it out.

Download Link : WordPress Loader

Comments (4)

  • Comment by Kevin Muldoon
    Kevin Muldoon

    no need to thank me, I was really impressed with the script. :)

  • Comment by Alister Cameron // Bloglogist
    Alister Cameron // Bloglogist

    Thanks for the write-up, Kevin!

    Damian, I mentioned in my original post that, of course, SSH is better. But for people who have ONLY FTP, this is way better.

    Thanks again, Kevin ;)


  • Comment by Kevin Muldoon
    Kevin Muldoon

    Hi Damian,

    Perhaps a better title would have been ‘Upload WordPress the easy way’.

    I agree with you that a telnet terminal or something is another option. Though I think it takes about the same amount of time since.

    WordPress is really quick to install anyways. All this script does is save you having to download and then re-upload the files (which putty etc does too). :)

  • Comment by Damian Jakusz-Gostomski
    Damian Jakusz-Gostomski

    When I read the tweet saying an easier way to install WordPress, I was a little doubtful, and after reading this, I think I still am.
    With this you still need to run the installer to generate the config file (or do it yourself) and when I need to install wordpress on a remote server, my steps are:
    1. Open up putty or SSH client of choice and connect
    2. Get the latest version direct to the server (using wget)
    3. Unzip and carry on as before

    All in all, that takes a couple of seconds for me :)