Oh yes, Excel is the better way to get started for a 10 gallon, right you are.
Better to add a lot of plants just as soon as the lighting is correct. Lighting is the fuel, if you dont' have the plants to use it, algae will move in to take up that excess energy.
You can fill the tank with stem plants, I have sunset hygro and ambulia, that will help fill the tank while the rooted plants take time to get established.
I find that rooted plants in a 10 gallon are slightlly dwarfed due to the relatively shallow depth of the gravel. So, the crypts and swords do not get as large as they will in bigger tanks, which is important for so many plants will get too big for that tank. My 10s have pearlgrass, crypt wendtii red, java moss, corkscrew vals, sunset hygro, ambulia, java fern, anubias nana, compacta swords. The wendtii in the 59 gallon is 17 inches tall, brushing the surface, but in the 10 is 10 inches tall, brushing the surface. I also have stopped root fertilizing the 10 gallon, as the swords were out of control and had to be replaced. As it is a former goldfish tank, it has a lot of mulm now so no more Root Tabs for that one.