How to Solve Problems in Wordpress on Windows Server

How to Solve Problems in Wordpress on Windows Server

WordPress in no. 1 content management system and well optimized for blogs. But you can use WordPress for any type of websites, be it an e-commerce, general purpose or personal one

Due to ease of maintenance and availability of thousands of plugins and themes; WordPress Development is getting popular day after day.

Wordpress runs on PHP in the background, so, basically it runs best on Linux, but – if you are still willing to run Wordpress on Windows, this article will help you fix the most common errors you'll probably encounter on your windows platform.

IIS Folder Permissions

Wordpress needs special permissions in order to update wp core, its plugins & access file writing functions. If you are using Web platform installer you'll have to setup folder permissions manually.

Open Windows Explorer and locate wordpress installation folder. Right click on it, and select Properties and click Security tab. Then, click on 'Edit' and then 'Add'. Imput these users, IUSR & IIS_IUSRS , and give them Full Access permissions.

Once added, Windows will apply these user permissions to all child folders and those created in the future by Wordpress.

Default Document Type & Directory Browsing

By default, IIS won't allow for directory browsing due to security reasons. But it has to, to function properly. To overcome this problem, locate web.config file in the root of the hosting space, if you can't find it – that means it does not exist and thus it has to be created. Create one, and copy/paste details into it :

Slow Page Loading

If wordpress pages are loading slow, it might be due to one line in wp-config.php that is 'problematic'. Locate your wp-config.php file, and find :


and change it to


If wordpress is still loading slowly, change wordpress theme to default one, and try again.

Maximum File Upload Size

Due to some point you'll , almost certainly, encounter this error :

„This file exceeds the maximum upload size for this site“

If you have installed Wordpress from Web Platform Installer to install PHP for Windows, maximum file upload size will be set to 2 Mgb ( Megabytes). Today, this is insufficient.

Locate the PHP root folder ( where PHP was installed in ) . Edit php.ini and locate the following variable:


Change it to the following:


Or whatever size you need it to be.

Posted by Michael Johnson

Michael Johnson
I am a Digital Marketing expert working for Ingenium on various projects.

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