word press hosting - my windows server or a cheap alternative?

Hi
I have a 2008 R2 windows server hosting .net sites and DB's with sql server 2008

I want to start using word press sites, but i've not got time to mess around with the server
How quick would it be to get this server working with wordpress?
what is a cheap alternative for hosting about 5 sites?

the windows server is ideal if its quick and easy and it will cost me nothing
help, advice appreciated
websssAsked:
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Brad GrouxSenior Manager (Wintel Engineering)Commented:
To get WordPress installed you'd need to install PHP and configure WordPress to work with SQL and IIS, or you could install WAMP (Windows Apache MySQL PHP) Server - http://www.wampserver.com/en/

Linux shared hosting is very cheap and great for WordPress, you can find it for a few bucks a month on hosts like Host Gator and Blue Host. It all just really depends on if you want a turn-key solution or to learn how to run PHP on Windows. For multiple sites you may want to look into reseller hosting (as it may be cheaper than buying multiple single site hosting).

Microsoft actually has a WordPress initiative, see here - http://www.microsoft.com/web/wordpress/

Here's a quick overview of WordPress on Windows install - http://codex.wordpress.org/Installing_WordPress#Easy_5_Minute_WordPress_Installation_on_Windows

If you have an MSDN account you can install WordPress on Microsoft Azure in a few minutes for free... or you can use a free Azure account (or paid account if you so wish) - http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/web-sites-php-web-site-gallery/
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websssAuthor Commented:
Thanks
I want to be able to install themeforest themes and just roll out sites easily

I agree, maybe reseller hosting is a better option? can you recommend some cheap options?
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Brad GrouxSenior Manager (Wintel Engineering)Commented:
Reseller hosting via BlueHost or HostGator are great and very easy to manage with WHM panel and Cpanel. If you install WordPress yourself, you'd have to get a WHM/Cpanel license to easily automate the process of creation - which may not be worth it.

However, make note that most hosting is on "shared" hosts so performance can vary. It may be worth your while depending on your sites/clients to get a dedicated reseller account.

http://www.webhostingtalk.com is a great resource for finding out more about various web hosts and solutions. I've used Host Gator and Blue Host in the past and had great results - I did NOT like GoDaddy hosting.
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websssAuthor Commented:
Great thanks
I've been warned about hosting too cheap as it's very slow
Have you had these issues?
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