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installing on my windows server 2008 (7 posts)

  1. phartman
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I downloaded WordPress intending to use it as blogging software. I followed the instructions in the readme file. I tried installing the files in a subdirectory of the website root, and tried running the install.php file from the browser on my pc and from the console of the server. No luck. I think that I have now figured out that I need php and MySQL installed on my server. Is that so? If so, I think that sounds difficult.
    What I am wondering is how the blogging part is different from the html editor part of wp. If it isn't, why not just use html? I hope someone can clarify the situation for me. I am in a class that suggested using wp to set up a blogging site, and I need to know if I am understanding the situation.

  2. Pioneer Valley Web Design
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

  3. phartman
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I downloaded and installed MySQL and php, apparently. When I try to run the wp-admin/install.php in the browser, It prompts me to open or save it. When I try to open, it just loops back to open or save.

  4. phartman
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Basically, IE won't open and it just displays what is in the folder.

  5. ClaytonJames
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I downloaded and installed MySQL and php, apparently.

    Either you did, or you didn't, and even if it appeared to install correctly, it may not be properly configured yet. If you aren't familiar with how to install and configure PHP, MySQL, and (either IIS or Apache) on your Windows server, then you're going to have a very difficult time of it.

    What I am wondering is how the blogging part is different from the html editor part of wp. If it isn't, why not just use html?

    The reason it isn't simple HTML is because it's a web application that provides dynamic content. It uses PHP and MySQL to store and retrieve content to/from a database, and HTML and CSS for presentation.

    WordPress requires a properly configured server environment to function.

    What You Most Need to Know About WordPress

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    Installation and configuration of the software required to run WordPress in a server environment usually falls well outside of the scope of the forums. You may find a lot of helpful information related to installing and running pre-packaged development software that will let you run WordPress on a windows desktop - Installing WordPress on your own Computer - however properly installing and configuring MySQL and PHP on a Windows server is going to require some time and effort. There's a reasonable learning curve to that process.

  6. phartman
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I got the instructions to download the install program from Microsoft.com/web/downloads/platform.aspx. I followed the instructions on the link above. The app files installed and I got to the finish with no problems. At that point, I was supposed to run the install.php program in the server's browser, but it won't execute there. From what you say in your post, it is folly for me to try to get wordpress to run on my server. For one thing, I have a big issue with rights every time I install a new ssl certificate. I usually just run websites and have no big issues. I am taking a class in online blogging/writing and the instructor thinks that wordpress is important if you are going to have a blogging website. I guess I will just blog on my regular websites. Thanks anyway.

  7. ClaytonJames
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    From what you say in your post, it is folly for me to try to get wordpress to run on my server.

    I don't recall saying any such thing. You're success with running your own server depends entirely on your own motivation and desire to learn about what you need to do make it happen. And again, what I said is relative to running your own server, not installing or using WordPress.

    At that point, I was supposed to run the install.php program in the server's browser, but it won't execute there.

    I've used that package many times. I suspect that you may need to take some time and carefully review the documentation for the Web Platform Installer. It sounds like a crucial step may have been omitted or only partially completed.

    I am taking a class in online blogging/writing and the instructor thinks that wordpress is important if you are going to have a blogging website.

    I think your instructor has the right idea, and it sounds like it might be an exciting class to participate in!

    There is another alternative where you don't have to worry about server setup, security, or installation issues.

    You can get a free WordPress blog hosted at wordpress.com. It's a little more restrictive than if you had a self hosted site, but pretty much everything else is taken care of for you. All you have to do is blog. You should check it out when you get a chance. That way you can research the issues with building your own server or development environment at your leisure, get a WordPress blog up and running for free almost right away, and you can make the switch later on down the road if you want to, once you're confident in your results. It might be a great solution and definitely a HUGE time saver.

    http://en.wordpress.com/features/

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