Assume I have SSH from a shared/managed-VPS hosting, and FTP access, but no fantastico.
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Yes. There is a script called easywp.php You upload it to your server and run it. it will install wordpress for you (i.e. download the .gz file, open it, etc ...)
Another option is to download wordpress to your server using wget and ssh. you can do that using the command:
if you want that wordpress install in Hebrew:
Using the wget command is a very quick way of uploading WordPress files to your server but an even "quicker" way would be to install using subversion.
The main benefit to using subversion is that it is easier to update to new versions using the ssh svn commands.
To install WordPress using svn:
Create the directory you would like WordPress to reside in or cd to your public_html or root web directory to install in root.
$ mkdir my_wp_install_dir $ cd my_wp_install_dir
If you want to install the latest bleeding edge version:
$ svn co http://core.svn.wordpress.org/trunk/ .
If you want to install the latest stable version add the current version number following tags/ and always add a space then the period after the version number to make sure WordPress gets installed in the directory you are currently in.
$ svn co http://core.svn.wordpress.org/tags/3.0.1 .
You would then need to edit the wp-config-sample.php file as usual and save it as wp-config.php
$ nano wp-config-sample.php
ctrl-x to save then change the name to wp-config.php at the next prompt
Run /wp-admin/install.php as you normally would. and your done.
To update an svn installion to the latest version cd to your installation directory and run:
$ svn up //this will update to latest trunk bleeding edge version
or if a version 3.0.2 came out and you are not running trunk run
$ svn sw http://core.svn.wordpress.org/tags/3.0.2/ .
then run the normal wp-admin/upgrade.php