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  • I know WordPress is usually hosted on Linux servers but my blog is hosted on a Windows machine:
    – Windows 2008 Server
    – IIS7
    – MySQL 5.x
    – WordPress version: 2.8.5

    Is it likely I will encounter any problems just clicking the “Upgrade to 2.9” button from the Dashboard?

    Or would it be advisable to have it done manually by an expert?


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  • I have a similar situation and here are my poor results:

    I attempted a clean, new, 2.9 install (not an upgrade) on a Windows server on GoDaddy:

    • IIS 7
    • MySQL 5
    • PHP 5

    This new 2.9 install failed on godaddy. All I get is this cryptic error message:

    Server Error
    500 – Internal server error.
    There is a problem with the resource you are looking for, and it cannot be displayed.

    Hi Doug.

    That message is a very general error message that doesn’t provide any useful information at all. Sometimes it’s as much information as you want to give to your site visitors, but it’s not enough to be of use in tracking down a problem.

    To get a proper and useful error report you need to ask your host to turn on detailed error reporting for your domain. It’s particularly important that you have detailed reporting during development, so you as the developer know what’s going on and specifically what needs attention.

    I’m not at all familiar with GoDaddy’s setup. There may be a way in your Windows account control panel to enable detailed reporting, or you may be able to enable it yourself in some other way. With my host I can make an entry in the web.config file to enable and disable detailed reporting at will. If you can’t find a way to enable it yourself send a request to their Support people.

    In my experience GoDaddy doesn’t have a great reputation for flexibility. If it ends up in the too-hard basket contact me through my website at Computer & Online Security and I’ll refer you to a very flexible Windows host.

    Best regards,
    – Bill Hely
    – Bill Hely Consulting
    – Brisbane, Australia
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