WordPress is one of the most widely used blogging platforms on the web today. It is also one of the most popular open-source blogging, publishing, and content management systems. Windows is by far the most popular and widely used operating systems out there. It stands to reason that these two should come together in a happy and joyful union. Microsoft is teaming up with the WordPress Community to provide even more power and features to WordPress
WordPress started way back in 2003. Since then it has grown to be the largest self-hosted blogging tool in the world, used on hundreds of thousands of sites and seen by tens of millions of people every day. A lot has been said about Microsoft as the big Money Grabbing Giant, but these accusations have mostly been levied by the opposition.
Microsoft has come a long way to helping out the community. This WordPress union is just one of those examples. Grow your blog and business on WordPress and Windows by being part of the largest software union and community in the world. Be part of the millions who trust and use both WordPress and Windows. WordPress is tested to run seamlessly on the Microsoft Web Platform allowing you to leverage your skills to get to market quickly for your customers. Check out and install WordPress on Windows.
Download, install, and configure the latest version of WordPress with the Microsoft Web Platform Installer (Web PI).
WordPress with SQL Server
Previously one had to jump through all sorts of hoops to get WordPress working with MS SQL Server. But now the guys at Microsoft and WordPress have made that process so much simpler.
Now available is the 0.8.8 beta of WordPress for SQL Server 2008. This special build of WordPress is to allow users to install and run WordPress with SQL Server 2008 on Windows and IIS 7. Before starting this process go to the Installing WordPress on SQL Server Page for detailed installation instructions.
So Windows is way too expensive you say. Well what if I told you you could get a whole bunch of windows software for free to get you started. That’s right, it’s a partnership called WebsiteSpark. The WebsiteSpark program provides no-cost software, support, and exposure to new customers that reduces your risk as you expand your opportunities.
By Joining the WebsiteSpark program you as a developer, potential web service provider, and blogger get a jump-start in your efforts to dominate the world wide web and blogging world. The WebsiteSpark program provides the tools and resources needed to build great websites with no upfront cost. It includes Visual Studio, Expression, SQL Server, Windows Web Server and much more. All for free. That’s a deal you can’t turn away from.
What about support? Receive dedicated support from Microsoft engineers and Network Partners around the world. Then there is promotion and marketing. Increase your visibility through automatic enrolment in the WebsiteSpark Partner Catalogue & Microsoft Partner Network.
Windows LiveWriter for WordPress
I use LiveWriter all the time. It allows me to write and view my blog post without being online and logged into my blog. I think it is an essential tool for you and me as a blogger. Create rich content easily. Writer makes it easy to share your photos and videos on almost any content authoring system, including WordPress. With Writer, you can preview everything you’re adding to your website—to see how the fonts, spacing, colours, and images will look—before you publish.
WordPress Windows Hosting
So all this and nowhere to host your precious and beautiful creation? Well Microsoft have teamed up with a bunch of highly professional and competent service providers to get you the jump-start you need for your WordPress hosting. The expansive Microsoft network of hosting providers allows you to grow your business on WordPress for customers of the Microsoft Web Platform. 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. And believe me, the prices are fantastic. Most of the prices are so low they are almost free.
What are you waiting for?
Wow, this is such great news. Microsoft is not the big bad wolf. They have gone out of their way to help you and me, especially those who have just begun on the internet, blogging, development journey. It seems that they want you and I to succeed. By providing all the tools necessary for you and I to do just that. It is now up to you and me. What do you think? Will you try it? Please let me know your thoughts as well as your experiences.