WordPress FAQ

By Faith A

July 6, 2010

WebMatrix supports installing open source community applications from the Web Application Gallery, and publishing to hosting providers, including a set of Beta partner hosting providers. This FAQ contains information about installing and publishing, as well as any issues that may occur after publishing.

Installing and Publishing WordPress

Q: How do I install WordPress?

A: To install WordPress, use the following steps:

  1. Open WebMatrix and select Site from Web Gallery.
  2. Select the Blogs category on the left-hand side.
  3. Find WordPress in the list and install it.
  4. In any workspace, on the Home tab, in the Site group, click Run or press F12 to open the site in your default web browser.
  5. Follow the instructions to complete installation.

Q: How do I publish my WordPress website?

A: To publish a WordPress website, use the following steps:

  1. In any workspace, on the Home tab, in the Site group, click Publish.
  2. On the Publishing Settings dialog, enter the server info you received from your web host.
  3. Click Validate Connection to ensure that the settings are correct.
  4. Click Publish.
  5. If you have not published your database before, select the Database checkbox.
  6. After previewing the changes, click Continue.

Known Issues

Issue: Wordpress fail to publish with a database error indicating that a particular line of SQL could not be processed
WebMatrix installs MySQL with the UTF-8 character set by default. If you install MySQL on your own, and the character set is not UTF-8 (e.g. it may be Latin1), publishing databases may fail
Workaround:
1) Change the character set for MySQL to UTF-8. More information.
2) Re-install the application
3) Re-publish the application



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