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Last week I was asked to setup a WordPress website on one of our servers to allow a consultant to build a new website for us. After more than a few days of fighting with it, I've finally got it all working. (for now)
If anyone here ever has a need to do the same thing, I'd like to put this on record so the next poor sod doesn't suffer needlessly.
Whatever you do, don't use the Platform Installer in IIS to install WordPress. Besides certain prerequisite packages failing with signature issues, when it finally does install, every component is out of date. To boot, the MySQL instance can't be upgraded using the MySQL installer.
One other thing...never try to test a new WordPress website using IE. I was remoted into the server, (server 2016) and since it only had IE, that's what I used. After receiving 500s for a couple of hours and tweaking dozens of settings to no avail, did I decide to try it in Chrome and finally received an informative message I could use...the php version was out of date!
I quit using MySQL and php several years ago but now it seems I'm back in the thick of it! My only hope is that WordPress abstracts enough that I don't have to get my hands dirty with it.
I've been in charge of the websites for 20+ years but the time has come for a makeover...something more modern...bootstrap, huge graphics, lots of white space, endless scrolling, fancy transforms, fade-ins, ad nauseum. It's actually a relief to be handing this responsibility off to a real web designer.
Is an Apache server in a linux VM a viable option?
I suppose it would be...a VM in a VM...never tried it before. Even then, it'd have to listen on another port number which would be awkward.
Unless you meant another VM, in which case I'd rather spare the extra expense/hassle. If it was high traffic, I might agree, but it's not. Besides, I don't have time to learn 'nix.
After the latest Windows Updates (Your WIN 10 installation is about to expire - or some such nonsense)
my File Explorer now shows that I have a CD drive though I can't see it, touch it, taste it, or smell it.
The size of my machine is a awe inspiring 3"X3"X1.5" - where could this device be hidden?
Nope - still can't see it.
[But I did get a new icon for it ]