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Installing Joomla on IIS/Windows Server

Plesk login screenInstalling Joomla on an IIS server can be a royal pain in the butt and I always recommend switching to a LINUX server whenever possible.  However, for those times that it isn't, here are some steps to help you out.  

I will try to go back and grab some screenshots to improve the post, but here is the meat and potatoes for now:





From  PLESK account

Go to Control Panel->Websites & Domains



- Setup new user
- Use Akeeba Extract wizard to unzip JPA archive
- Manually upload all files to FTP (~8,000 to 15,000)



- Go to Websites & Domains-> Database. Add new database (mySQL/localhost)
- Create database user
- Open in WebAdmin
- Import in mySQL from old site



- Go to Domains and add new.
- Point to correct folder (usually /httpsdocs/)
- Set to PHP 5.3 Fast CGI
- On PHP tab, set display_errors, register_globals, magic_quotes, and safe_mode to OFF (will give error, just hit OK)



- Check Sys Info-> Folders and make sure GREEN
- Change directory permissions by going to:
Control panel --> websites & domains --> Advanced Options --> virtual directories
-Select folder and adjust permissions for IUSR user:
list folder contents

**NOTE: to change a folder like "libraries," you may have to open one of its subfolders and change there.




- Make sure that open_base dir is OFF
- Make sure that session.save_path is correct
- Rename the web.config.txt to just web.config


Author: Alexis Priddy Categories: Server Settings, IIS, Joomla Installation

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Alexis Priddy

Alexis Priddy

Alexis moved to Waco in 2008 after five years in the United States Army as a military police officer.  Web design was a hobby that grew into a passionwhile she was in the military.  She is the founder of, a reference website for Army personnel that averages over 25,000 unique visitors a month.  When she sold that website to a national marketing firm, she decided to venture out and start YellowWebMonkey Web Design in 2009.  She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Computer Science Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY.

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