May 102012
WordPress Hosting-feature

WordPress is one of the most popular Content Management Systems (CMS) for so many reasons. The ease of use and relatively recent availability to Windows users has made WordPress explode with popularity. A user-friendly platform like WordPress makes it a great option for any business to build a great website. This PHP based application is flexible, reliable and best of all free! Pair that with a Windows server and you have a winner! If you’re ready to get a piece of the WordPress hosting action, take a look at how easy it is to get started!

How Can A PHP- Based Application Run On Windows?

If you know anything about Linux, you may first be wondering how a PHP based application like WordPress can even run on a Windows server. LAMPS which stands for Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP  is used on many Linux based servers and has previously been the only available platform for running WordPress. With the introduction of Windows Server 2003, Windows servers have been able to support the installation of WordPress through the use of WIMP- Windows, IIS, MySQL, and PHP making WordPress fully compatible and the additional benefit of IIS makes installation a breeze.

What Kind Of Hosting Plan Will I need??

All you need to get started with WordPress hosting is a web host and server with some working knowledge of them. It’s important to understand that finding the right hosting platform is key to your success. If you’re just starting a WordPress blog or personal website, a shared hosting plan is fine but if you’re planning to use your site for business, you should consider using a VPS-Virtual Private Server. This type of server is more reliable and responsive than shared hosting because the space is dedicated just to you. This could mean faster load times and more available resources for your site. With a VPS you also have the freedom to install any software that fits your website needs and allows you to work with what you are comfortable with, not limit you to what options your web host may provide. If you choose the VPS route, it does require the business to have technical expertise to install, configure and support all the required components so be sure to weigh the pro’s and cons of shared hosting or a VPS to choose the right option for your project. Building a VPS is very easy and takes less than 15 minutes and will look like the image below.

Installing WordPress On Your Server

Once you have your VPS built (or if you already have a server ready) you will now need to install WordPress. There’s no reason to do this manually, which means finding all of the software that will be needed, installing and learning how to use it before you can get started.  A more efficient way to install WordPress is to use Microsoft Web Platform Installer. It downloads everything you need for any application in a neat package all at once for a seamless installation. You can refer to my previous post on using WebPI to install WordPress for a tutorial on how this is done.

Setting Up Sites

Now all you have to do is install a theme you want to use for your website and you’re ready to roll. If you have the need to host multiple sites on your server, an additional benefit of using a Virtual Private Sever is the allowance to host as many sites as the resources will allow. This is a huge benefit to a web designer who needs to manage multiple sites from one place. If you plan to have multiple sites on your server and don’t want all of the additional sites pointing to a single site, you can use Host Headers in IIS which will allow you to assign more than one site to a single IP address on a web server.

Sites in IIS using hostheaders

So now that you see how easy it is to host a single site or many sites on a Windows server it’s time to get started! If you already have a hosting package, you can build upon that. If you need a web host for your WordPress site, contact with any questions or sign up for a new VPS hosting package today!

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