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Buddypress as an Intranet

  • Travis_98


    I would really like to use BuddyPress for our company intranet, however I am finding that links do not work when the local install is on Windows 2012 server using IIS. Has anyone had any experience using BuddyPress as a company intranet, installed locally with IIS? I am not an IT guy so rewriting code to correct URL mapping/rewrite issues is not something that comes too natural.

    Any help would be appreciated. At this point I am considering WP Symposium as an option, but I would really prefer BP due to its history, support, direct connection to WP, etc.


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  • mrjarbenne


    Just taking a guess here, but depending on your setup, you may not have the URL ReWrite module active. You need Pretty Permalinks to make BP work. Here’s a tutorial:



    Thanks for the reply. I actually tried that last week but without success. Maybe I missed a step. I’ll do a fresh install of WP on the server and try it again. I really want this to work, BP is the best solution for our office and this is my only roadblock…which is kind of a biggie.

    Henry Wright


    @travis_98 if you do get this working, I’d be interested in hearing about the steps you took. If you could post here that would be great πŸ™‚



    We had WordPress Multisite up and running on Windows Server 2008 for a few years before switching over to NGINX (we could never get the MS box to run quickly enough, and it needed to be restarted a fair amount when there was heavy traffic.)

    Before we made the switch, we hired Ruslan Y to look over our configuration and make suggestions for optimizing. They were some great suggestions. I’ve copied the document he shared with us here. I’m not sure if he still does this, but you could try.

    Regardless of what plugin you end up using, it might be worth a few dollars to have someone look at your set up and optimize it. The biggest issue of running WP on IIS is that most support forums won’t have what you are looking for, and when you run into problems, you will be immediately dismissed because developers love to blame IIS for bugs when they hear you aren’t running on LAMP.



    Thank you mrjarbenne, I appreciate the advice and will keep that doc in my back pocket through this adventure. And thanks for pointing me in the right direction with the above suggested IIS link.

    I am pleased to report that my BP links are now working. Here is what I did and where I got stumped initially:

    Using Windows 2012 R2 server with IIS manager to setup a local intranet.

    So I created a site called “Test” and here is what happened:
    1- I followed the direction in the link provided above by first taking Permalinks off of Default and using the suggested custom structure.
    2- I created a web.config file and placed it in the wwwroot folder (same top level as the β€œTest” folder).
    3- I copied the code from what was suggested in the link:
    <rule name=”Main Rule” stopProcessing=”true”>
    <match url=”.*” />
    <conditions logicalGrouping=”MatchAll”>
    <add input=”{REQUEST_FILENAME}” matchType=”IsFile” negate=”true” />
    <add input=”{REQUEST_FILENAME}” matchType=”IsDirectory” negate=”true” />
    <action type=”Rewrite” url=”test/index.php”/>

    Two differences with what was provided in the link and what I used above in order for it to work for me:
    1- I placed it within the <system.webserver> container. Not a coder, so not sure if this mattered or not.
    2- I correctly entered MY FILE LOCATION to the index.php file (test/index.php)

    At this point, I have links that are working. That’s a win and it’s on to the next challenge in order to use BP. Totally stoked now. Having some issue with the profile/avatart pic not appearing in order for the user to crop, but that is likely another topic to search or create πŸ™‚


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