Wow! Didn’t know they would make such big changes going between betas. This page lists the important ones that you have to make on any project made in ASP.NET 2.0 Beta 1.
It appears I was a little quick to talk about how easy it was to install this on a Windows server. 3 hours later!
WordPress was really written to take advantage of all the benefits of Apache. It uses a feature of Apache called mod_rewrite to make urls like this “site.com/index.php?year=2004&monthnum=07&day=07” look like this “site.com/archives/2004/07/07/”. This is incredibly helpful with the search engines as they often don’t read URLs that have ?’s in them.
While you can use WordPress without this feature enabled, I feel it is extremely important. I was on the verge of uninstalling it when I finally found this article that solved my problems.
The problem was that Windows web server, IIS, doesn’t have an equivalent feature to mod_rewrite. In short, the solution suggested installing an add on to IIS called ISAPI_Rewrite . You can download the lite (freeware) version of it from here.
Rather than quote everything that I did, this article explains it very well.
For the past 2 weeks or so, I’ve been determined to create a blog about my travails in learning .NET. Well, I shouldn’t exactly say travails, but definitely, my trials. I searched and searched for the best blog software written in .NET.
See I was convinced that it just would not go to have a blog about .NET using some other platform. I tried installing CommunityServer – ran into several problems. First of which was that it didn’t like .NET 2.0. Second of which I wanted just a blog. Their photo gallery and forums were great, but I didn’t want to go there.
Anyway, I finally broke down and installed WordPress on my machine. Amazingly it only took about 5 minutes to install like that tutorial said. I happened to have PHP and MySQL already installed on my Windows 2003 machine. That made it significantly easier, but still.