Monday, March 22, 2010

Install WordPress on IIS7

A friend of mine wanted me help him install WordPress on his website - no big deal as WP is famous for it's 5 minute installs and so I figured this should be a cake walk for me. Little did I know that my friend's web-server was IIS7 on Windows Server 2008 and this would translate to a 5 hour install :(

Google, pointed me to a very good site that helped me out -

Here are the components that you need to download:

Here are the Installation steps:
  1. Install & configure PHP
  2. Install & configure MySQL
  3. Install & configure PHPMyAdmin
  4. Install & configure URL Rewrite Extension
  5. Install & configure WordPress
  6. Configure Search Engine Friendly URLs on WordPress

However, here are a few "gotchas" that need to be taken care of:
  • For PHPMyAdmin to work, you may need to change in
    $cfg[$i]['host'] = ‘localhost’; to
    $cfg[$i]['host'] = ‘127.0.01’; or
    $cfg['Servers'][$i]['host'] = ‘′
  • For PHPMyAdmin to work, you may need to change in
    controluser = ‘pma’ to
    controluser = ‘root’
  • For PHPMyAdmin to work, you may need to change windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts file:
    Remove the comment (#) in front of the line
    Comment out the line ::1 localhost
  • Read the comments in all the pages as they have solutions to a lot of common problems

Note: I am assuming that IIS7 is already installed. If not, then there's a good tutorial for that as well here!

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