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marys

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Wordpress Installation
« on: July 16, 2011, 05:21:05 AM »
Hello,
I have some questions regarding installation of wordpress through cPanel.
1) Should i install it in root directory or in subdirectory?
2) What exactly is the difference in the two?
3) Can i have more than one subdirectory on single domain when i am installing wordpress?
4) Will it have any effect on SEO?

I have a general purpose domain.
eg www.digitalcamera.com
I would like to have my url for various posts as
www.digitalcamera.com/sony/some model of sony DGC



how i should l go about to achieve this using wordpress?



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Re: Wordpress Installation
« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2011, 12:25:37 PM »
Hello,
I have some questions regarding installation of wordpress through cPanel.
1) Should i install it in root directory or in subdirectory?
2) What exactly is the difference in the two?
3) Can i have more than one subdirectory on single domain when i am installing wordpress?
4) Will it have any effect on SEO?
5) www.digitalcamera.com/sony/some etc

1&2) That is really a matter of preference. I put the Wordpress files in a subdirectory, like /blog, just to keep the files out of the way. Then, if I want the front page on the site to be controlled by WP, I copy the index.php file from the subdirectory into the root directory and edit it to change the "./wp-blog-header.php" to "./blog/wp-blog-header.php". You'll also want to change the "Site address (URL)" in the General settings panel in your dashboard.

The only real difference I know of is that your WP files are cleanly contained in a subdirectory rather than all in the site root. That, and it's slightly easier to set up when it is in the site root.

3) Yes, you can have as many installations of WP on your site as you'd like, they just need to be in different directories. If you have more than a couple, it's probably worth looking into using the WP multisite options and running the various "sub blogs" off of one installation. The main advantage is that you can maintain and update everything in one dashboard rather than multiple dashboards. The main disadvantage is that things get more complex when setting things up and when updating themes/plugins to make sure it doesn't break one site while fixing another.

4) The search engines don't know that you're using multiple copies of WP or a single copy unless they are different versions. If you just want the keywords in the URL see the next answer.

5) The easiest way to get all the hierarchy in the URL is to use categories. You can define your top level categories as the highest level keywords then create other categories that use those as "parent" categories. So, to get your above URL you'd have a category of Sony and a post/page with the slug of "some" and the permalinks structure of /%category%/%postname%.

HTH

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Re: Wordpress Installation
« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2011, 01:14:59 AM »
Hello Wayne,
Thank you very much for your reply. Now i have a better understanding of the problem.
regards,
MaryS

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Re: Wordpress Installation
« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2011, 01:42:19 AM »
You're welcome!

Glad it helps.

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Re: Wordpress Installation
« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2011, 02:23:20 AM »
Hello Wayne,

One more question, once we install wordpress in root directory can we change it to subdirectory? Is it possible?

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Re: Wordpress Installation
« Reply #5 on: July 21, 2011, 09:48:12 AM »
Digressing slightly, I have just upgraded my site to the latest version of WP and it is offering a new theme Twenty 11.

It appears inferior to Twenty 10 so am I missing something, has anyone used this theme yet.

Thanks

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Re: Wordpress Installation
« Reply #6 on: July 21, 2011, 06:34:37 PM »
Hello Wayne,

One more question, once we install wordpress in root directory can we change it to subdirectory? Is it possible?
Hi marys,

Missed this until today.

Yes, it is possible to move from root to subdirectory, although it's much easier to make the move the other direction.

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Re: Wordpress Installation
« Reply #7 on: July 21, 2011, 06:36:06 PM »
Digressing slightly, I have just upgraded my site to the latest version of WP and it is offering a new theme Twenty 11.

It appears inferior to Twenty 10 so am I missing something, has anyone used this theme yet.

Thanks

Hi daiarian,

I'm curious what you classify as "inferior".
I have not used it, but I don't really use twenty ten so it's moot.

Thx.

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Re: Wordpress Installation
« Reply #8 on: July 21, 2011, 06:59:08 PM »
Hi Daiarian,
I use the Twenty 10 Theme and I have upgraded to Twenty 11 on some installs...

Main thing that I have found so far is the header graphics rotation system I quite like but only on a Blog where the header is not part of my promotion or branding. On those I have not upgraded as I could not find a way so far to incorporate a branded header into the rotating ones or be able add branding to those headers.

Apart from that I have not seen any major difference, but then again I am not an expert on WP either so I may just not come across anything apart from that one cosmetic thing.

Regards

Ray

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Re: Wordpress Installation
« Reply #9 on: July 21, 2011, 07:06:49 PM »
 Hi daiarian, ::P

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It's nice to meet you.

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Re: Wordpress Installation
« Reply #10 on: September 08, 2011, 08:29:12 PM »
If you want a great wordpress theme you can try the socrates, thesis, or gazette themes.