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    Question WordPress. Help!

    Hi folks,

    (Hopefully this is the right forum as it does start with "Internet Related...")

    Among my many random requests I have been asked about setting up WordPress for students to use. I have zero knowledge about WordPress.

    I've asked a few IT friends and was mostly pointed towards Microsoft Web Platform as a simple place to start (short of building LAMP servers etc.)

    I've installed it on a Win 7 PC, but can't seem to configure it remotely - I've pointed to the server from another machine using the IP address, the relevant port, and /wp-admin (which is working as localhost).

    Can anyone advise what I'm doing wrong from a remote access POV, or recommend a guide?

    My long term plan is to install it on a dedicated VM which the students can trash, and I'll then just return to an earlier snapshot.

    TIA

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    Howdo

    My first recommendation would be (especially if you're going to VM it anyway) to use a *nix distro (I use Ubuntu for all things like that).

    If you use the server edition, then you can pretty much get it to set up out of the box by telling it you want the webserver and MySQL etc. In terms of guides for using it, Main Page « WordPress Codex is a great place to start.

    Getting to the remote access point, I assume that the machine you've installed on has port 80 open on it for accessing the webserver and such? If it does, are you accessing it using an IP address or domain name? If domain name, does your DNS have the pointers in place to make sure it gets to the right machine etc?


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    Yes, firewall's disabled on the Windows PC. I tried accessing only by IP address.

    I installed on two PCs, and oddly the port was different on both machines. Not sure whether that's symptomatic of something?

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    Microsoft Web platform using a different port for each install of wordpress or anything else that you use from the list of programs. I am not sure if you can change the port it uses - I'll have a look on my laptop in abit and see if you can

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    Oddly the address I was using yesterday doesn't work at all today - page not found - but I haven't had much time to look into it yet.

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    When you open up Microsoft Web Platform, select the site (which Opens up Microsoft WebMatrix). From there you can select Site > Settings. On this screen you change the address (I haven't tried changing it before), also the port number is in here as well

    WebMatrix.jpg

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    Thanks, that's got me access back. Curiously I was using the right address, so no different, yet it worked via the Matrix link (!).

    Odd though that I still can't access remotely. I'm not quite sure where to start from a troubleshooting perspective.

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    I get a 400 error remotely: This error (HTTP 400 Bad Request) means that Internet Explorer was able to connect to the web server, but the webpage could not be found because of a problem with the address. For more information about HTTP errors, see Help.

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    WebMatrix has ti be running for you to access the site. When I get back in office (I'm currently out visiting clients and using mobile) I'll have a look at the settings and see if I can workout how to access it from another machine. What happens if you change localhost to the ip address of the machine, can you access the site from another machine then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevehill06 View Post
    What happens if you change localhost to the ip address of the machine, can you access the site from another machine then?
    Then I get a "connection refused" error, which is from our upstream county council proxy. Having checked our local firewall it's giving a 503 error for the favicon.ico. Odd! Perhaps there's a routing issue?

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    When I switch the hosting PC to the county council proxy (not using our local proxy) - essentially our upstream proxy - I get a 400 error.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gongalong View Post
    Then I get a "connection refused" error, which is from our upstream county council proxy. Having checked our local firewall it's giving a 503 error for the favicon.ico. Odd! Perhaps there's a routing issue?
    I'm guessing it shouldn't be using the proxy for a local ip address... have got bypass proxy for local addresses ticked in ie? What happens if you remove the proxy address?

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    If I use the upstream proxy it allows me to ignore for local addresses, which is enabled with the correct scope. I do have some other local resources e.g. network hardware, which do seem to resolve correctly.

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    Under settings I can actually define the access address (!). It was set to EduGeek.net - The I.T. Professionals' life line so I change it to the IP address of the PC with the same port. I can now access the PC locally via IP address, but it still doesn't work remotely. The requests button does show when the machine is accessing itself, but doesn't show anything when trying to access remotely. Again though it looks like a routing issue, as the local firewall is showing the remote PC getting a 503 error. I've changed the proxy to the upstream again, and now it's working remotely. So the Settings page fixed it!

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    I spoke too soon. That's broken the ability to login to the admin page (:17351/wp-admin). It's doing some odd redirect, and trying to go to localhost:17351/wp-login.php?redirect_to=http%3A%2F%2F10.121.245.115% 3A17351%2Fwp-admin%2F&reauth=1



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