A 1-click installer is a popular tool that many web hosting companies offer to their customers, making it easier for them to install free and sometimes commercial scripts. These scripts may range from content management systems to e-commerce web applications. Many of the scripts are free and open source, available to customers at no extra charge. Others may require licensing before completing the installation.
1-click installers have some obvious benefits, but they also have some cons. The following are factors you should consider.
1-click installers offer these benefits:
- Easy and painless installation
- Pre-configured to work with your server
- Easy uninstallation
- May include an updating service
Some of the disadvantages include:
- Fewer customization options
- Dependence on update service may result in update delays
- Configuration settings may not be the most optimal or secure
Most of the disadvantages are conditional, meaning it is possible to have a 1-click installer in place that works without those problems. Most web hosting companies have script installers that make it easy for users to shop for and install the scripts of their choice. Many of these scripts are accessible from the host’s web-based control panel, and users can specify a few of the settings before installation.
The types of updates, if any, available depend on the script installer’s software. Some may provide none and rely on the user to keep the scripts updated in the future. For scripts like WordPress, the user can use the self-updating tool within the application. Others would require manual updates.
As you can see, the pros largely outweigh the cons of 1-click installers, even in the worst case scenario. They are generally added features that do not cost more to use, so you can benefit from them without extra expense.