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by Eric Woersching

Introduction

WordPress started in 2003 when Mike Little and Matt Mullenweg created a fork of b2/cafelog. The need for an elegant, well-architected personal publishing system was clear even then. Today, WordPress is built on PHP and MySQL, and licensed under the GPLv2. It is also the platform of choice for over 41% of all sites across the web. WordPress pricing starts at $4.00 per month. There is a free version. WordPress offers a free trial. See additional pricing details below.

WordPress is a blog publishing application and content management system. According to wordpress.org,WordPress is 'a state-of-the-art semantic personal publishing platform with a focus on aesthetics, Web standards, and usability.' The following sections describe how to install and configure WordPress for use with FastCGI on Internet Information Services 7 (IIS 7) and above. This document assumes that you have completed the setup and configuration of the FastCGI extension and PHP libraries.

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The easiest way to install WordPress is by downloading it from the Windows® Web App Gallery. If you need the Microsoft® Web Platform, you can install the components with the Microsoft® Web Platform Installer (Web PI), which is also available at the Windows Web App Gallery.

The following article provides guidance for installing WordPress manually. The instructions have been tested and found to work in the following configurations:

  • Windows Server® 2008 operating system
  • IIS 7
  • PHP 5.2.9
  • MySQL 5.1.34
  • WordPress 2.8.5

Prerequisites

From the base default configuration file provided by PHP, modify the following lines in your Php.ini configuration:

  • Define extension_dir as c:phpext (for example, the location of your php extensions directory).
  • Uncomment extension=php_mysql.dll in the extensions list to enable MySQL support.

Download and Unpack the Application

First, download the latest stable release of WordPress. For this article, WordPress version 2.8.5 was used. Uncompress the WordPress files and copy the files to C:Inetpubwwwrootwordpress or another directory of your choosing. There is no need to modify permissions on the WordPress Web directory, because the default permissions suffice.

Set Up the Database

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Before starting the installation procedure for WordPress, you must create a database on your server. Also create a user and grant this user 'db ownership' permission to the database. This article uses the following database information:

  • Database name: wordpress
  • Database user: wordpress
  • Account password: wordpress

Modify the Configuration File

Modify the WordPress configuration file to connect to the database.

  1. From Windows® Explorer, navigate to the installation directory C:inetpubwwwrootwordpress, and rename the file wp-config-sample.php to wp-config.php.
  2. Edit wp-config.php; change the DB_NAME, DB_USER, DB_PASSWORD, and DB_HOST values as follows:

Setup and Configure the Application

  1. From Windows® Internet Explorer®, go to http://localhost/wordpress/wp-admin/install.php.

  2. Type the name of your blog and your e-mail address, and then click Install WordPress.

    Figure 1: Enter information

  3. Note the temporary password assigned for the administrator account.

    Figure 2: Note the administrator password

  4. Begin managing your blog from http://localhost/wordpress/wp-login.php.

    Figure 3: Log on to blog

  5. The Welcome page appears.

    Figure 4: Welcome page

Enable 'Pretty Permalinks'

Typically, WordPress users must use 'almost pretty' URLs (for example, http://contoso.com/index.php/yyyy/mm/dd/post-name/). With the URL Rewrite module, you can create 'Pretty Permalinks' (for example, http://example.com/year/month/day/post-name/) for WordPress blogs hosted on IIS.

The steps that follow assume that WordPress is installed in a Web site root directory. If WordPress is installed in a subdirectory, then the rewrite rules must be included in the Web.config file located within the same subdirectory as the WordPress files.

  1. Install URL Rewrite Go Live release.

  2. Log on to WordPress as an administrator.

  3. Click the Settings button.

  4. Click the Permalinks tab for the Customize Permalink Structure page.

    Figure 5: Customize permalink structure page

  5. Select Custom Structure, and then type
    /%year%/%monthnum%/%day%/%postname%/ in the Custom Structure text box.

  6. Click Save Changes. You will see that all the blog post links have URLs that follow the format you have specified; however, if you click any link, the Web server returns a 404 - File Not Found error, because WordPress relies on a URL rewriting capability within a server to rewrite requests that have 'pretty permalinks' to an Index.php file.

Create Rewrite Rule

  1. Open the Web.config file (located in the same directory as the WordPress files). If you do not have a Web.config file in the WordPress directory, create it.

  2. Copy and paste the following XML section into the system.webServer element:

This rule matches any requested URL; if the URL does not correspond to a file or a folder on a file system, then the rule rewrites the URL to Index.php and determines which content to serve based on the REQUEST_URI server variable that contains the original URL before it was modified by the rule.

Test the Rewrite Rule

After the rewrite rule is saved to the Web.config file, open a Web browser, and then click any one of the permalinks in WordPress blog. You should see the correct content returned by the Web server for every permalink.


Figure 6: Blog welcome page

Note

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This article updates ' WordPress on IIS' by Eric Woersching, published on September 11, 2008.

Links for Further Information

  • Setting up FastCGI for PHP.
  • Using FastCGI to Host PHP Applications on IIS 7.0 and Above.
  • Installing PHP on Windows Vista with FastCGI.
  • Installing FastCGI Support On Server Core.
  • FastCGI forum.
  • PHP community forum.

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Our Mission

WordPress is software designed for everyone, emphasizing accessibility, performance, security, and ease of use. We believe great software should work with minimum set up, so you can focus on sharing your story, product, or services freely. The basic WordPress software is simple and predictable so you can easily get started. It also offers powerful features for growth and success.

We believe in democratizing publishing and the freedoms that come with open source. Supporting this idea is a large community of people collaborating on and contributing to this project. The WordPress community is welcoming and inclusive. Our contributors’ passion drives the success of WordPress which, in turn, helps you reach your goals.

WordPress contributors work around the globe, and have dedicated countless hours to build a tool that democratizes publishing. WordPress is open source software that is both free and priceless.

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Our Story

WordPress started in 2003 when Mike Little and Matt Mullenweg created a fork of b2/cafelog. The need for an elegant, well-architected personal publishing system was clear even then. Today, WordPress is built on PHP and MySQL, and licensed under the GPLv2. It is also the platform of choice for over 41% of all sites across the web.

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The WordPress open source project has evolved in progressive ways over time — supported by skilled, enthusiastic developers, designers, scientists, bloggers, and more. WordPress provides the opportunity for anyone to create and share, from handcrafted personal anecdotes to world-changing movements. People with a limited tech experience can use it “out of the box”, and more tech-savvy folks can customize it in remarkable ways.

Bill of Rights

WordPress is licensed under the General Public License (GPLv2 or later) which provides four core freedoms. Consider this the WordPress Bill of Rights:

The 1st Freedom

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To run the program for any purpose.

The 2nd Freedom

To study how the program works and change it to make it do what you wish.

The 3rd Freedom

To redistribute.

The 4th Freedom

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To distribute copies of your modified versions to others.