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Yesterday I wrote about how to setup IIS, MySQL & phpMyAdmin on your PC. That is required if you want to setup applications like WordPress or Drupal via Microsoft’s Web Platform Installer. The 1-click installer allows you to setup popular web apps on your PC allowing you to test the themes, plugins, modules etc.

The Microsoft Web Platform Installer 2.0 (Web PI) is a free tool that makes it simple to download, install and keep up-to-date with the latest components of the Microsoft Web Platform, including Internet Information Services (IIS), SQL Server Express, .NET Framework and Visual Web Developer. In addition, install popular open source ASP.NET and PHP web apps with the Web PI.

So here’s the how-to in order to setup a simple WordPress blog or Drupal instance using WPI 2.0.

Installing PHP

We will install PHP via the Web Platform Installer, after installing WPI navigate to Web Platform & check PHP 5.2.10 (or whatever version is available) & install. Screenshot:

Microsoft web platform installer install wordpress

After successfully installing PHP:

  1. Navigate to Web Applications –> Blogs
  2. Check WordPress & press Install
  3. Once downloaded follow screenshots:

Microsoft web platform installer install wordpress

Insert the required details.

Website name = name in IIS Manager under ‘Sites’ or a new site name of your choice. I have created a ‘test site’ which I’ll be using. Screenshot:

Microsoft web platform installer install wordpress

Enter the database parameters, the username & password for the database are the one’s that you entered during the final steps of the MySQL setup. Screenshots:

Microsoft web platform installer install wordpress

Microsoft web platform installer install wordpress

If all goes well & Matt is a good guy, you’ll see this:

Microsoft web platform installer install wordpress

Now, in your browser, go to localhost/wordpress (the location depends on what you entered) ideally you should see the WordPress setup page like this:

Microsoft web platform installer install wordpress

If you don’t & your browser says that it cannot connect or something similar, you might want to go back into IIS Manager & ‘Start’ the website. Screenshot:

Microsoft web platform installer install wordpress

Finally here is Drupal & WordPress installation done via Web Platform Installer, screenshot:

Microsoft web platform installer install wordpress

~Enjoy