Featured Web App – WordPress

By Mark Castle on 16th March, 2011.

What is WordPress?

Everyone is talking about WordPress and there is good reason. It has become one of the most widely used blogging tools on the internet today. Many designers are extending its functionality to create beautiful websites with ease. If, as a designer or developer, you want to experience the full power of this platform you’ll need to be working with the self hosted platform i.e. you need to find a hosting company that can offer this to you (we can certainly recommend one!).

Already have a dedicated server running Windows? Perfect, the install is simple. All you need to do is download and install the Microsoft Web Platform Installer (http://www.microsoft.com/web/downloads/platform.aspx). Its a very straightforward install. If you have already installed the product then you can add any Web Apps including WordPress to a new website within IIS. The image below shows where the application is found.

The install process of WordPress takes you through installing MySQL and PHP on your server both of which perform fantastically on Windows these days. There really is very little to do apart from choosing administrative passwords for the applications (please make sure these are very strong!).

Once up and running you are free to install any of the widely available templates and any updates to the software are simple. We do recommend that you check for WordPress updates regularly as these often address security issues.

Of course for existing clients, we’ll support any issues with IIS so please contact us if you have any queries or need some guidance!

Mark Castle


Marks is a director at Secura hosting and one of our resident Network specialists.

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