Is there a difference between Wordpress 1-Click install, and setting it up on my own VPS?

I’m a professional software developer taking over a friends small-business WordPress site, and I was wondering if there were any substantial differences between the 1-Click install and setting up my own VPS and deploying LAMP/installing WordPress?

With the one-click install, obviously some decisions would be made (i.e versions of PHP/Apache etc), but can I still access server in the same way as my own VPS/is there limited functionality with using the 1-Click option? Essentially - what are the flexibility trade-offs by selecting the 1-click deployment?

Thanks in advance, Andrew

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In terms of functionality, you’re still able to SSH in to the server and update, upgrade, and install new packages/software. The one-click images are simply meant to give you a starting point. They offer a simple way of pre-configuring a LAMP stack and a single WordPress installation with minimal effort.

Last I recall, the LAMP stack is pretty standard and doesn’t vary from what you’d get by simply using apt-get or yum to install packages, other than WordPress being installed or you.

If you’re capable of setting up your own server and don’t need the one-click image, then setting it up on your own is what I’d recommend.


No, not really. But with the one-click is pre-setup with all sorts of stuff, so it has firewall activated and a couple of more things.

The one-click doesn’t take into account the size of the droplet, so it doesn’t tweak configuration for that amount of RAM/etc. Of course, neither does the clean install, but you know that, since there’s no pre-configuration made for you.

If you know what you’re doing, then the clean install is the right choice, since you’re in full control and know exactly what/why you have (not) done something. The one-click is made for you to try something within a minute or two. It’s not meant to be run in production.

There are many. High cpu and ram = high performance., pre installed. everything is ready. vs. You do it your self. and you need alot of work. like file permissions. and some missing extentions. I have both. Wordpress image is great. I really like. I advice you to choose wordpress image. if you can pay 10$ a month.

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