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How can I run WordPress internally on a Windows PC in the office?

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Hello,

How can I run WordPress internally on a Windows PC in the office?

Regards,
Robbie.
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by:Robert Saylor
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You would follow a WAMP installation. "Windows Apache MySQL PHP.

http://www.wikihow.com/Install-WAMP

Once you have all the web services running you would install WorldPress just like if it was a Linux server.

Your URL would be http://192.168.1.45 (If that is your local IP address). http://localhost would work as well.
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Can i run WordPress on Windows Small Business Server 2003?
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The OS does not matter when it comes to php and MySQL. It is supported by Linux, Windows, MAC and more.

So if you installed WAMP on Windows 2003, XP, Windows 7, 8, etc it all works the same.

I would recommend placing it on your central server or creating a new server just for apache, php and mysql.
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by:IP4IT Staff
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My Small Business Server 2003 already has IIS running on it.

How do i install PHP and MySQL and PHPMyAdmin?
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Will installing XAMPP on my Small Business Server 2003 and changing the Apache http and https ports from the default 80 and 443 to ports that are not being used break anything on the server?

I am going to use the portable lite version found here
http://www.apachefriends.org/en/xampp-windows.html#646

They say this does not make any changes to the registry on the website.

Please confirm what this will effect on the server if anything.

If you need any more information on the server. Please let me know.

IIS and Exchange are running on the server
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I need someone to get back to me on this.
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if you are in charge of the "office PC"  as you call it -which turns out to be windows server - you should always back up the system before installing software so you can fallback incase of problems.

if it were me,  I would put a cheap windows PC on the network and install LAMP on it and go from there.

keep freeware and shareware it separate form business critical systems

I use the following on any old PC - http://www.wampserver.com/en/

you could actually install it on your PC and not the Office server. it would still be availalbeo nthe network
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I would not put apache on a server running IIS. It will cause conflicts. Grab an older PC and install Windows then install WAMP.
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If i change the ports from the default 80 and 443 will this portable version effect the server?
http://www.apachefriends.org/en/xampp-windows.html#646
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unless you are an expert in how to configure and set up the small business server I would leave well alone.  use a separate PC - actually the facrt you are asking these questions - i would advise you not to touch the server
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I don't see why you don't recommend this.
This software works off a USB flash drive.
It does not touch the registry.
It won't start if the ports it listens on are in use.
It works inside its own directory using relative paths.
I'm going to change the ports from 80 to 81 and 443 to 442.

Please explain why you would not recommend this.
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is your business server critical to the office?  can you afford it to go offline?
how easy it is to get an old PC (or even your desktop PC) and use that?
the installation of your LAMP choice says it installs a service so that must change the registry.

its all freeware , if it all goes wrong there is no support.
best practise is to isolate changes (separate PC away from critical systems) and test them.
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It's not common to have 2 web servers on the same box. But changing the ports would take care of that. The only difference in the browser your users will have to pass the ports to get to the apache server.
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I am not using LAMP.

I am using XAMPP Portable Lite please look at the link.
http://www.apachefriends.org/en/xampp-windows.html#646

There is an option to install it as a service but i am not going to do that.
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let us know how you get on.
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Thanks chilternPC for your help.

Does anyone else have any recommendations or concerns?
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by:ScorchD
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You can easily setup within IIS, in fact just use the web platform installer, its fairly idiot proof, that said the bits around that, so ports and bindings you need some idea what you are doing with if running alongside an office environment.
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