Wordpress With MySql on Windows Server 2012 R2

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Not bad, could be easier

  • By Jim
  • on 04/28/2017

Went with this as it seemed to be the most recently updated Windows version of Wordpress available through AWS Marketplace.

It would be great if they moved this to Server 2016, as I forgot that server 2012 uses that horrible interface.

Right off the bat, the instructions talk about a "wizard" walking you through the installation-- that didn't happen for me. I went into a web brower, where http://localhost allowed me to set up the basics of Wordpress.

However, because the wizard was no more, I had to manually change the MySQL password from the generic one, then update the wp-config.php file with the new one.

Other things not configured out of the gate:

* Updates were set to use an FTP server. I had to manually add define('FS_METHOD', 'direct'); to the wp-config.php file to get it to grab files directly from the web site.

* Along with that, you have the usual issue of Wordpress needing what seems like overly-elevated rights to the web root for IUSR and IIS_IUSRS in order to run updates.

* There was no SMTP support. I installed a GMail plug-in and set up application credentials for our no-reply account to get that working.

* The upload size was set to 2MB, which is pretty light in this day and age. I boosted that up quite a bit in the php.ini file

I was very happy to see that the full MySQL tool kit was installed on this, unlike some of the Bitnami installers that we'd used in the past-- one of the main reasons we were using this image was because we couldn't successfully upgrade MySQL on an older box, so it's nice to know that we won't have to struggle with that down the line.

Overall, my biggest issue with this would simply be that the instructions on their web site are out of date-- maybe if the wizard was still running, some of this might have been handled for me, but it felt like there were a lot of manual steps that weren't documented anywhere.

My other big issue is with having to manually set up Wordpress to install updates/themes-- that should have worked, one way or another, right out of the box.

Fortunately, their online chat support was easy to use, and they did walk me through all the pain points listed above, which let me get this running in a reasonable amount of time.

Hopefully future versions will either get that wizard back, or they'll update the web site with a more comprehensive guide.

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