Would you like to learn how to install WordPress on Windows using IIS instead of Apache? This tutorial will show you how to install WordPress on Windows using the Microsoft Web Platform Installer and IIS.

WordPress is a free and open-source content management system that uses PHP and MySQL

The Microsoft Web Platform Installer is a free tool that makes it simple to download, install and update the latest components of the Microsoft Web Platform.

Internet Information Services is the web server software created by Microsoft.

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Tutorial - IIS Installation on Windows

Open the Server Manager application.

Access the Manage menu and click on Add roles and features.

Windows 2012 add role

Access the Server roles screen, select the Web Server (IIS) option and click on the Next button.

IIS Installation

On the following screen, click on the Add features button.

IIS Features

On the IIS service screen, select the CGI option and finish the installation.

IIS enable CGI

The IIS server is now installed on your computer.

Tutorial - Web Platform Installer on Windows

Now we need to install the Microsoft Web Platform Installer.

Open the IIS manager application and click on the following option:

• Get New web Platform components

This option is located on the top right part of the screen and will redirect you to the WebPI official website.

IIS web installer

Access the Web platform installer website and download the installer.

Web installer download

Double click the Web platform installer and finish the installation.

After finishing the installation you are able to use the software.

Tutorial - WordPress Installation on Windows

Now, we need to use the Web Platform Installer to install WordPress on Windows.

There are multiple ways to start the Web platform installer.

Open the start menu and click on the Microsoft Web platform installer option.

Web platform installer

Another way to start the software is to access the IIS manager and locate the Web platform installer option.

IIS web platform installer

Wait for the Web platform to start.

web platform software

Search for WordPress on the top right part of the screen.

Click on the Add button.

Click on the Install button.

The system will detect that you don't have the MySQL database installed.

It will automatically install the MySQL Database.

Enter a password for the MySQL root user and click on the Continue button.

Wordpress MySQL Windows

The system will show a list of required software that will be automatically installed.

Wordpress web installer summary

The system will download and install all the required software automatically.

wordpress installer download

On this screen, you are able to perform IIS customizations.

In our example, we did not perform customizations.

Click on the Continue button.

wordpress iis configuration

Here you need to enter random characters to help keep your WordPress installation safe.

The web installer software will show you a summary of your installation.

wordpress summary

The system will automatically open the WordPress web installation wizard.

Select the desired language and click on the Continue button.

wordpress installation screen

On the next screen you will have to enter the following information:

• Your website Name.
• Your administrator username.
• Your administrator password.
• Your administrator e-mail account.

After entering the desired information you need to click on the Install WordPress button.

wordpress information needed

On the next screen, you will receive the confirmation of your WordPress installation.

wordpres installation finished

Click on the Log in button to be sent to the official login screen.

On the login screen, you need to enter the administrator account and password.

After a successful login, you will be sent to the WordPress Dashboard.

Wordpress dashboard

Congratulations, you have installed the WordPress on Windows.

To access your WordPress website:

Open your browser and enter the IP address your web server plus /wordpress.

In our example, the following URL was entered in the Browser:


The WordPress website should be presented.

wordpress website