Thursday, July 17, 2008

WordPress Blog: Closed Nature of an Open Source New Media Tool

There are a variety of new media software applications that provide blog, wiki and forum functionality on intranets. Open Source new media tools offer a platform independence advantage when compared with the comprehensive Microsoft SharePoint Portal Suite. SharePoint is tightly integrated with Windows and Internet Information Server (IIS). Platform independence has proved true of CanvasWiki, Galleon, and Mango Open Source.

WordPress surprised us.

It requires MySQL to operate (see WordPress Support Post) Database independence through ODBC has been available for 17 years so it is surprising that an open source design would not have considered it.

That aside, the installation process was a breeze, the famous five minute install. The software is located at WordPress Download.

Our platform is Windows 2003 Server with IIS. Our database is SQL Server so we needed to install and configure MySQL, available from Sun at MySQL Download. Again, the MySQL installation was very straightforward. We use a graphical user interface to administer MySQL available at Kovocs. Our installation steps were:

  1. Install PHP. An MSI file for the Windows version of PHP can be downloaded from

  2. Once PHP is installed, we added index.php as index page in IIS.

  3. Create a folder in Inetpub\wwwroot to hold the blog

  4. Create a database in MySQL

  5. Change wp-config_sample.php to wp-config.php

  6. Edit wp-config.php and add db info

  7. Start Firefox and open Inetpub\wwwroot\thefolderyou justcreated/wp-admin/install.php

WordPress has proved to be full-featured, and very flexible. It lends itself very well to a professional appearance.


Heidi M said...

I use WordPress for my work-related blog. I'm not overly impressed, but it does a good job. Somehow the tech people who set it up didn't allow for paragraphs. All my blog entries, as a result, are about 100-150 word paragraphs with one image illustration. It makes my job writing the blog a lot easier in the end!

Manjot kaur said...

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