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  • I currently have a website running on Windows Server 2008 with MS Sql Server 2008 Web Edition.

    I want to host a blog, tightly coupled to the site, and after reading a good few articles, decided that I would like to install WP in a folder off the website root, accessible like this?

    I’ve just upgraded to Web Platform 4.6, and this has returned a few different options with regard to installation. Here’s what I have:

    – Standard wordpress installation
    – Brandoo WordPress
    – WebMatrix3

    WordPress itself is not familiar (apart from using it of course), and wondered if anyone could shed any light on these options.

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  • As far as I know, Brandoo uses MS SQL rather than MySQL. If you’re using MS SQL, that would be the option I’d take, but having not used it before I can’t give any more information than that.

    Standard WordPress install I imagine will install MySQL as part of the install.

    WebMatrix3 is a Microsoft product that allows you to upload / download website files and edit them in an HTML editor. Its not bad if you want something nice and simple to work from.

    If we are talking installing WordPress, WordPress does not install SQL, MySQL, MS SQL, or any database server because it was written to be installable on any server that has at least one of the supportable database servers already installed.

    If you did not have any database servers or subsystems installed already, WordPress will not install, because it expects you to have already created the database and its user with password in order for WordPress to begin installation.

    If you just have the basic WordPress package that comes in a “zip” or “tar.gz” file, all you need to do is extract the contents of the archive file into the folder you want to install WordPress (be sure to have the option “create sub-directories” enabled in your archive manager). The only thing: You need to create and edit the “wp-config.php” file before you being the installation.

    One of the best, short tutorials on installing WordPress!

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