As Enigma’s intranet has a number of handy links that I need access to when away from the office, my first thought was to simply create a static page local to the laptop and have that as my home page. I could then copy those links to this page. Then it occurred to me that, in this day and age, there are much better options: Wikis and content management systems (CMS). As I’m familiar with WordPress, and as it has good CMS features, it seemed the obvious choice.
As I’m running Vista, and as I have a number of years experience with using IIS and little experience of Apache, I figured I’d try to get WordPress running on Vista/ IIS 7. And so began a long and frustrating journey. By the end of it, I’d figured out that it is a relatively simple process – if you know what you are doing in advance. So I’ve written up details of how to install WordPress on IIS 7 and Vista here so that others can avoid the pain I went through.
To help organise the installation process, I’ve split the instructions up over a number of short pages:
Stage 1: Install IIS
Stage 2: Install MySQL & PHP
Stage 3: Configure MySQL and PHP
Stage 4: Configure etc/hosts (Optional)
Stage 5: Configure IIS
Stage 6: Install and run WordPress