Setup a website in IIS on Windows Server

This tutorial will provide you with the step-by-step picture instructions how to setup a website in IIS on Windows Server.
I presume you have Windows Server installed already with IIS (Internet Information Service), so first log in log on to the Web server computer as an administrator either directly if you have access or via remote desktop.
Click Start, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.
Click on Start – Administrative Tools, and then double-click Internet Services Manager.

Setup a website in IIS on Windows Server

Click Action, point to New, and then click Web Site. This is the way actually how you are starting to setup a website in IIS.

Setup a website in IIS on Windows Server

After the Web Site Creation Wizard starts, click Next.
Type a description for the Web site.

Setup a website in IIS on Windows Server

This description is used internally to identify the Web site in IIS (Internet Services Manager only).
Select an IP address in IIS to use for the site.

Setup a website in IIS on Windows Server

If you select All (unassigned), the Web site is accessible on all interfaces and all configured IP addresses. This is the place where you are setting-up different hosting IP addresses for different web hosting clients.
Type the TCP port number to publish the site on. Better leave port 80 since this is the default port and if you change it, your clients has to type it the same in the browser.
For example if you choose port 8080, in my example you should write:

http://mywebsite.com:8080
The next is to ype the Host Header name (the real name (domain name) that is used to access this site), and click Next.
What will appear is the location where the website files will be stored.

Setup a website in IIS on Windows Server

Either type the path to the folder that is holding the Web site documents or click Browse to select the folder, and then click Next.
Select the access permissions for the Web site, and then click Next.

Setup a website in IIS on Windows Server

The next is just Finish.

Now put an Index file. Under Windows you have the following first pages:

Default.htm
Default.asp
Default.aspx
index.htm

So, if you put there ‘index.html’ for example, it wont be shown.

I will put one index.htm file in the Windows document root folder with simple HTML code.

Setup a website in IIS on Windows Server

Then if I open the IIS page in browser it will appear with the file I setup:

Setup a website in IIS on Windows Server

This is the end of this tutorial about how to setup a website in IIS on Windows Server.
The next will be Setup FTP for Web site in IIS on Windows server

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