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  • There are two ways (that I know of) to do this.

    First, use a 3rd party URL rewriter. Sorry, but this is really the best way. There are a couple of free ones if I remember correctly, but to get anything resembling the functionality of Apache’s mod_rewrite you’ll need to cough up a few bucks.

    Method number 2 involves a bit of recoding in WordPress. I’ve used this technique several times now with 100% success. IIS can use any file (including ASP or PHP files) as a custom 404 (file not found error, which is what you’ll see if you try to type a “pretty” WordPress URL on an IIS server) page. If a new file can be created to act as the 404 page and pass control to the necessary existing pages as needed, this can work. In ASP, the call is Server.Execute("filename.asp"), but I don’t know the equivalent PHP.

    Not a job for a beginner to work on. I highly recommend the first solution.

    The third way is simply to get Apache installed on the server. Worked for me 🙂

    Well thanks for the suggestions ……. Though it wont work for me
    1. Cant install a External rewrite filter cause its on a webhost they are not willing to do it.
    2. I paid for a IIS account already
    3. I not a great programmer .. (Too bad wish i was) though i have a basic idea …

    Thats why i gave that link,1094.0.html
    Because some here has found a solution to this problem except its for Joomla(Mambo) CMS so if some can give me the hack I’ll be grateful

    Wan’t there a solution with permalinks starting with /index.php/(and-then-the-permalink-structure-as-required)? This supposedly bypasses the need for .htaccess. Worth a try, perhaps.



    I just came up with a work-around for using permalinks in IIS without using any ISAPI URL Rewrites. (Although the one above works nicely.)

    The solution uses custom 404 redirects to accomplish the same end. The best thing? You don’t have to learn any regular expressions!

    Here’s the link to the solution:

    Permalinks without URL Rewrite

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