There has been quite a bit of comments going back and forth on the code that I wrote to enable permalinks for WordPress on IIS since I put it up on the site. Just recently, Einar Egilsson posted an extremely helpful bit a code in the comments. It’s a much better and cleaner way of accomplishing the same thing.
I was always aware that my solution was a little odd in that it used ASP. WordPress is written in PHP and to use ASP requires odd work-arounds. Einar gave us a great simple solution that uses PHP. It too requires 404 redirects, though.
It’s requirements are:
- IIS for Windows
- Ability to change your 404 error page with your web host.
To install, copy and paste this text into a file named wp-404-handler.php:
$qs = $_SERVER['QUERY_STRING'];
$_SERVER['REQUEST_URI'] = substr($qs, strpos($qs, ':80')+3);
$_SERVER['PATH_INFO'] = $_SERVER['REQUEST_URI'];
Next set the 404 error page to /wp-404-handler.php. If it gives you a choice between file and url, choose url.
Lastly, make sure you enable permalinks in the WordPress control panel under Options > Permalinks.
That should do it.