Install WordPress for Windows

WordPress is one of the most popular open-source blogging, publishing and content management systems, with a deep plugin and theme architecture that allows for limitless possibilities. WordPress also runs great on the Microsoft Web Platform. Microsoft is teaming up with the WordPress Community to make using WordPress on Windows even easier and Microsoft along with its hosting partners is working to make hosting WordPress on Windows a great choice for everyone.

The Microsoft Web Platform Installer will download any
pre-requisites and then install WebMatrix and WordPress
for you. Just click Install and we’ll handle the rest.

Get Started with WordPress and WebMatrix

Microsoft WebMatrix makes it easy for anyone to create a WordPress site. WordPress available from the Web Application Gallery is fully tested to run on WebMatrix. Customize your site easily and then publish it on the internet from a wide choice of hosting service providers.




  • WebMatrix makes creating a WordPress site easy. WebMatrix will download, install and configure the latest version of WordPress for you automatically.
  • WebMatrix provides everything you need including the web server, MySQL, and PHP. It also includes our URL Rewrite module for “Pretty Permalinks” in WordPress and WinCache to ensure your WordPress site runs fast on Windows.
  • By using the same stack on your development desktop that you’ll use on the server that hosts your clients’ site, the process of going live is painless and worry free.
  • WebMatrix lets you customize your WordPress site. The lightweight editor supports HTML, CSS and ASP.NET and makes you more productive with features such as color coding and tag completion.
  • WebMatrix provides editing capabilities for your SQL Server database allowing you to modify your schema or edit data directly if needed.
  • WebMatrix provides a Search Engine Optimization (SEO) report that crawls your local site. WebMatrix and gives you specific feedback to ensure your site is easily indexed by all the major search engines.
  • WebMatrix makes it easy to publish your site to a hosted server. WebMatrix supports the standard FTP and Secure FTP protocols as well as Microsoft’s WebDeploy protocol.
  • WebDeploy makes publishing even easier by automatically configuring your server first as well as smartly deploying only the files that have changed for any updates. WebDeploy can even synch your development machine with your live site.
  • Best of all WebMatrix includes a Hosting Gallery with great offers for hosting on Windows. Get the best deals for hosting WordPress on Windows right inside WebMatrix itself.


New to WordPress?

Microsoft and the WordPress Community are teaming up to provide definitive and deep guidance on the installation, configuration and tuning of WordPress on the Microsoft Web Platform. Detailed technical information for installing and tuning WordPress on IIS is available on the WordPress Codex.


New to PHP on Windows and IIS?

There is a wealth of information for learning more about running WordPress or any PHP-based website on the Microsoft Web Platform including features and information on FastCGI, WinCache, PHP Manager and running PHP applications in our cloud platform, Azure. Plus links to detailed articles for users who want to get the ultimate performance from their WordPress sites on Windows. Visit our PHP on Windows page to learn more.


Have questions on WebMatrix or need assistance?

If you have questions on running WordPress with WebMatrix or are having trouble visit the WebMatrix Forums and connect directly with the community of users using WebMatrix and the Microsoft engineers who created it. We’re always on and ready to help.

WordPress and WebsiteSpark

WordPress WebsiteSpark Partner

Interested in running WordPress on Windows? WebsiteSpark from Microsoft gives software, support, and new leads to Web Developers and Designers. Through WebsiteSpark you’ll get:

Software and solutions: Multiple licenses are available for Microsoft development tools, Web platform technologies, server products, including: Visual Studio®, Expression®, SQL Server®, and Windows Server®.

A new business pipeline: Increase your visibility to customers with a profile in the Partner Catalog. Opt in to lead generating campaigns and connect with businesses that need web development and design services.

Training and support: Access Microsoft technical support professionals and receive offers and discounts from Network and Hosting Partners to help your company run more efficiently.

Getting started is easy. Just click on the Register Now button

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WordPress and Hosting Service Providers

Great Deals for WordPress Hosting

The Microsoft Web Hosting Gallery makes it easy to find the best deals for Web Hosting on the Microsoft Web Platform. Compare and filter on price, location, features, consumer ratings and more to find a package just right for your needs. Select from the wide variety of packages available—from shared to virtual machines or dedicated servers; there is something for everyone and an offer for every need.

The expansive network of Microsoft hosting services provider partners enables you to grow your business on WordPress. The Microsoft Web Hosting Gallery’s “Spotlight Offer” feature also ensures that you will be able to easily find the offers that are running the latest versions of Microsoft software.

Check out some of our great offers for WordPress users now.

Hoster Gallery

WordPress Tutorials

Microsoft is working with the WordPress community to create beginner and advanced tutorials on running WordPress on the Microsoft Web Platform. Take a look at this growing list of tutorials to get great how-to information on making WordPress even better on Windows.

All tutorials

Installing and Publishing a WordPress Blog with WebMatrix

Build a Website in 20 Minutes Using WordPress and WebMatrix


WordPress Case Studies

WordPress users have great stories to share. Take a look at these success stories from people in the WordPress community who are successfully building WordPress for themselves or their customers on Windows.

Web Hosting Company Turns to Windows Platform for Hosting WordPress Websites

Windows Live Writer

Windows Live Writer for WordPress

Create content easily online or offline. Writer makes it easy to author rich content including seamless integration of photos and videos on WordPress. With Writer, you can preview everything you’re adding to your website, to see how the fonts, spacing, colors, and images will look, before you publish.