Replacing my fixed home page with a private CMS and blog using IIS and WordPress on Vista

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Stage 4: Configure etc/hosts (Optional)

If you are happy to access your local copy of WordPress via http://localhost, then you can ignore this stage.

If you develop websites, RIAs, or simply plan to run a number of web-based utilities off your machine, then you have a problem: only one can exist on localhost:80. The easiest solution to this is to add entries to your etc/hosts file and to configure IIS to filter on hostnames.

I am going to assume you wish to access your WordPress instance from http://mywordpress. Replace it with a local name of your choice.

  • edit C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts
  • add an entry: 127.0.0.1 mywordpress

And you are done with this optional step.

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