How to enable php on webmatrix to create wordpress RRS feed

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  • User1041351475 posted

    Hello im trying to create wordpress using webmatrix aaand i have problem, when i start i get error HTTP Error 403.14 - Forbidden(photo), and to fix this i read that i need enable php on webmatrix settings, and i can't (second photo) , please tell me how to fix this, thanks !



    Wednesday, February 21, 2018 2:30 PM

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  • User690216013 posted


    WebMatrix is no more. Use other tools please.

    Wednesday, February 21, 2018 8:10 PM
  • User-1935546128 posted


    I'am a German Teacher for CS.

    Although the gallery was deactivated before, you were still able to install and use Webmatrix as it is until the end of January 2018 - without support.

    The problem is now, that there are dependencies to Microsoft Platform Installer 5.0 - it seems that Microsoft decided to discontinue the delivery of packages required for normal php development at the beginning of February. 

    For instance this set of files:

    php-5.5.38-nts-Win32-VC11-x86.zip  --> WebMatrix would show PHP 5.5 instead of "Unable to read PHP settings."



    As WebMatrix is the perfect all-in-one tool (php editor with testing opportunity at localhost, db editor with sql support, ftp client for publishing) for my students I will continue to use as long as possible. I'm sorry that Visual Studio isn't beneficial - it's just too confusing for the students - WebMatrix is/was more like an educational edition.

    If you have installed WebMatrix before February 2018 on a computer you can copy the following folder to another computer (nearly the same path, maybe different username): 

    C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Web Platform Installer

    Afterwards it is possible to install WebMatrix, downloaded from common download portals. My current student tell me that they were able to install and work this way on their private machines with the help of the folder Web Platform Installer.

    Maybe this helps.


    Sunday, March 4, 2018 9:00 PM
  • User-409061366 posted

    thanks for the update. But question remains the same. how to find the checkbox to enable PHP on webmatrix. there must be a way to enable it. is there any settings or registry entries that can be changed for the checkbox to show up. Please let us know if there are any anybody know about. 

    Sunday, April 22, 2018 1:59 PM
  • User-1935546128 posted

    I guess you did not read carefully my post above - or maybe - my description is not precise enough.

    php-5.5.38-nts-Win32-VC11-x86.zip --> WebMatrix would show PHP 5.5 instead of "Unable to read PHP settings."

    You find the PHP setting at Site -> Setting -> PHP settings.

    In my case of the installed package (provided via the Web Platform Installer initialized by WebMatrix) there is a checkbox right under PHP settings where you can activate PHP and even a choice box where you can choose the PHP version.

    Sunday, April 22, 2018 5:12 PM
  • User-409061366 posted

    I have read your post correctly. but in my case the issue is exactly as shown in the 2nd image posted with the original issue.. may be you have missed it. posting the url once again please take a look at the image. there is no checkbox.


    Sunday, April 22, 2018 5:20 PM
  • User-1935546128 posted

    All of my students got "Unable to read PHP settings." as well. But then I provided them the package mentioned above and the the error message disappeared and instead you get the checkbox and the choicebox.

    Watch it: https://imgur.com/a/wqFUYXI

    Sunday, April 22, 2018 5:38 PM
  • User-409061366 posted

    ohh apologies..I misunderstood your post.. just one more question. how did you change the path to point to the new php location. is it only applicationhost.config or there is some file where changes are required.

    Sunday, April 22, 2018 5:53 PM