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Installing SilverStripe

Getting SilverStripe up and running on your computer and on your web server.

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How to configure SS after install


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18 March 2013 at 12:07pm Community Member, 10 Posts

Ok, here we go...

I have a Windows XP Pro SP3 (IIS 5.1) that has been my home Web server for quite some time now. I would like to have a go at using SilverStripe to revamp this presently rudimentary site. I was hoping that the Microsoft Web Platform Installer would take care of everything, but it didn’t seem to work. I then decided to install PHP, MySQL and unpack the SS (Option 1 package) in the wwwroot folder, but I am stuck here. I would now like to configure SS but when I try to load the index.php page in a browser, I get a 500 error which is probably too generic to troubleshoot:

IE error message (HTTP 500):
- The website is under maintenance.
- The website has a programming error.   

There are probably quite a few things that would need to be configured right, but I really have no clue where to start. I have searched extensively for some simple step by step debugging, but I don’t seem to get anywhere and I would like to avoid making things worse by applying the wrong solutions.

Looking for any help on this one.



19 March 2013 at 9:19am Forum Moderator, 921 Posts

You will have issues with old versions of Windows and IIS, they're not supported and untested. URL rewriting isn't supported either.

To be honest, the time you'll need to spend debugging getting SilverStripe running on an old web server isn't worth it. Instead, I'd install WampServer which gives you the whole LAMP stack out of the box.


19 March 2013 at 3:16pm Community Member, 10 Posts

Hi Sean, thanks for the suggestion. Worked great so far.

I did a system restore to remove all PHP and MySQL that I had previously installed and downloaded and installed WampServer. Well, I would say it was a little easier, indeed! I think I have a well configure AMP right now and I would just need to install SilverStripe. Would you say that it is necessary to secure WampServer beforehand, as it is suggested here:

Or, is this overkill?

Also, do I need to perform Step 6, here, before installing SilverStripe?

I didn’t even know that a full package including Apache could be installed on Windows... It would be nice if I actually had a clue what I am getting into just to revamp my Website... :-)

Thanks again.


20 March 2013 at 10:00am (Last edited: 20 March 2013 10:01am), Forum Moderator, 921 Posts

Hi there,

Securing WampServer that way is probably a good idea. I would definitely do step 6 modifying my.ini before installing SilverStripe.



21 March 2013 at 8:49am Community Member, 10 Posts

Thanks Sean! Works great!

I just have a problem with Themes, but will create another thread for this.