WordPress is the most popular PHP application running on Windows. SlingAlibi currently runs on BlogEngine.NET. We decided to set up a second blog engine with WordPress, running side by side on Windows Server with BlogEngine.NET.
The steps are super easy thanks to the Web Platform Installer, we’ll walk through them with screenshots below. In essence, it takes 5 steps to host PHP on Windows Server 2008 via WordPress (assuming your hoster supports PHP and MySql):
1. Download WebPI
2. FTP the WordPress files to your webserver
3. Create a blank MySql database
4. Configure the wp-config.php file to point to #2 and #3
5. Launch the wp-admin/install.php file in a browser and finish the setup.
Download Web Platform Installer
The easiest way to pull down WordPress for Windows is through the Web Platform Installer (WebPI). WebPI will automatically pull down any necessary dependencies such as PHP and MySql:
In the Web Applications tab, you can choose
FTP the Files
This is simple enough to do. I use FileZilla to bring over the WP files, which I have stored in a directory called AntiqueCurator.
Create a MySQL Database
WebHost4Life uses PHPMyAdmin, a popular tool for managing my database. To access it, click on MySqlManager on your control panel. This will launch PHPMyAdmin. Type in a database name and click the Create button.
Edit the WP-Config file with your server and database information
Open up the WP-Config file in Notepad, and just update the user, password, database, and server fields with your data. Be sure to FTP the updated file over to the server.
Run the installation page in a browser
From the server, open the /wp-admin/install.php page and walk through the wizard.