WordPress website on SBS2008 running IIS7

Posted on 2011-10-22
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
We have created a new test Wordpress website on our SBS2008 server running IIS7.  When you are on the server and browse to http://localhost/wordpress, the website looks & works fine, and the login to make modifications to the site works perfect.  The Wordpress folder is currently under the Default website.

We host our real website,, at netsol.  We want to change our Internet DNS to point to our static IP and have display the Wordpress site.

When you are on our server and browse to http://localhost, you get the default IIS7 webpage.  I can edit the Basic Settings of the Default site and change the Physical Path to c:\inetpub\wwwroot\wordpress, and then browsing to http://localhost brings up the Wordpress site with the theme busted, and the site login breaks, along with webmail.

I have little experience with IIS and while I was able to follow tutorials to get a Wordpress site running properly, I’m afraid I will have to modify all the .php files or even start over from scratch creating the Wordpress site properly.

Does anyone have an easy solution to my dilemma, or can even give me steps on what I should do in IIS first (create a new website named…) before re-creating the Wordpress site?  Thanks in advance! Steve

Question by:TSKC-Inc
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    Accepted Solution

    As Robwill stated in another post. Running external websites on SBS is not a great idea. However, now that you are almost there here is what I recommend.
    Normally when installing a website or CMS like Wordpress, Jumla or other you want to create an new website in IIS and install it there. This way you keep it separate from the default website and avoid potential issues with Exchange client access. I would recommend you uninstall Wordpress and reinstall it to it's own website. This way you can add a binding to the website for your and the website will answer to it once you repoint the domain name to your public IP and forward port 80 to the SBS server (again not a great idea).

    Author Comment

    Thanks murgroup,
    I know the dangers of running external websites on SBS, but I'm a small shop and don't get that many hits.  I still may move it off someday as you and others rightly suggest.  As I indicated, I think your solution of starting from scratch is the best course.  I did create an site in my IIS, and tried to re-direct to http://localhost/wordpress, but that does not seem to solve the issue.  If no one comes up with an easy fix, you'll get the points for your answer.  Thanks, Steve
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    Expert Comment

    Download the web platform installer and install it on the SBS server. This is the easiest way to install Wordpress. It allows you to create a new website in IIS using the wizard.

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