Stage 5: Configure IIS
The first stage is to decide where you are going to install WordPress. I’ve chosen C:\MyWP here, but feel free to change it to a folder of your choice.
- Create the folder now.
Next we need to set up IIS, both to use PHP and to host WordPress:
- Go to Start menu > Administrative tools > IIS Manager
- Double click Handle Mappings
- Select Add Module Mapping (found below Actions on the right hand side)
- Set up the module as shown below:
- Select OK then Yes
Next you need to configure IIS to host the WordPress website:
- On the left hand side, below Connections, expand the host entry if required and then expand Sites.
- If you have a default website entry, you may wish to delete it. If you followed the optional stage 4 and intend giving WordPress a hostname. this isn’t necessary.
- Right click on Sites and select “Add Web Site…”, then:
- Give the site a name (can be anything you like, it’s just a reference within IIS)
- Point the physical path at your chosen WordPress installation folder.
- Click on Connect as…, then on Set… on the Connect As dialogue
- Enter a username that has read and write access to your chosen wordpress installation folder.
- Enter the password twice, then click OK and OK again on the Connect As dialogue.
- Now click on Test Connection. You should get green ticks against Authentication and Authorization.
- If you followed the optional stage 4, enter your chosen host name in the host name field. Leave blank if you didn’t do that stage.
- Finally click OK. Your new site will be created.
The last thing we need to configure within IIS is to tell it to treat index.php as a default document:
- Ensure your new site is selected in the site list on the left hand side (beneath Connections)
- Double click on the Default Document icon
- Right click in the table and select Add…
- Enter index.php and select OK
Now restart the web server:
- Select the top level item below Connections on the left hand side of the IIS windows (it should be the name of your computer).
- Click on Restart below actions on the right hand side.