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  • I don’t want to over complicate my life by learning all the secrets of installing and configuring WordPress. I would like to use the Microsoft installer to add a blog to our website. I installed it on a test server and it did not seem to allow redirection to a subdirectory and localhost became the wordpress home. It worked, i think, but if I install it on my existing web server will my real web pages fail or disappear? If there exist some simple step by step instructions, please direct me to them. Microsoft server 2003. IIS. Existing web.

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  • WordPress will only work in a WordPress installation, so I’m not sure what you are trying to do. You CAN, however, put WordPress in a sub-directory of your existing site:

    I thought I could run a WordPress blog as well as a normal site. I.e. “click here to see our blog”. We are not ready to be a WordPress only site. Should I set up a WordPress site separate from my real site? We host our own site, and I was ‘given’ the job of webmaster by attrition. Someone must be doing the same thing.

    Yes, you can use it in a sub-directory of your site – but you have to fully install WP in that directory and it will be separate from your site so far as maintaining WP and accessing the blog.

    If you don’t want to deal with all the technical/backend stuff of WordPress, you could set up a WordPress.COM blog – you can see the differences between .ORG and .COM here: and

    Then you would, yes, just include a link to that blog on your normal site. If you want more info on the WordPress.COM blogs, you can find that on their site or ask on their forums here:

    Although I have not used this, have a look at:

    And at Step 8, set the values to a sub directory and that it is not set as the Default web site.

    I did a manual install of MySQL and PHP on a Win 2008 R2 Server that is running IIS 7.5. A bit more work, but it works just fine.


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