Installing ELGG on IIS 6.0 + IIRF

Topics: User Forum
Dec 9, 2010 at 7:26 PM



As stated I am installing ELGG on my IIS 6.0 Windows 2003 R2 Server.


I've already gotten MySQL and PHP working just fine and am currently using Joomla CMS for my main website.


I've been able to get ELGG installed, however after the initial install... the path tot eh CSS file does not show up.


I see all the text and fields... but no background, color, formatting, etc.


I believe the issue is with the IIRF.ini. Here is what I have (Basically I've copied from the .htaccess file with one change):

# Elgg htaccess directives
# Copyright Curverider Ltd 2008-2009
# License GNU Public License version 2
# Link

<Files "htaccess_dist">
    order allow,deny
    deny from all

# Don't listing directory
Options -Indexes

# Follow symbolic links
Options +FollowSymLinks

# Default handler
DirectoryIndex index.php

# Turn on expiry
<IfModule mod_expires.c>
	ExpiresActive On
	ExpiresDefault "access plus 10 years"

# php 5, apache 1 and 2
<IfModule mod_php5.c>
	# default memory limit to 64Mb
	php_value memory_limit 64M
	# to make sure register global is off
	php_value register_globals 0
	# max post size to 8Mb
	php_value post_max_size 8388608
	# upload size limit to 5Mb	
	php_value upload_max_filesize 5242880
	# hide errors, enable only if debug enabled
	php_value display_errors 0

# Turn on mod_gzip if available
<IfModule mod_gzip.c>
	mod_gzip_on yes
    mod_gzip_dechunk yes
    mod_gzip_keep_workfiles No
    mod_gzip_minimum_file_size 1000
    mod_gzip_maximum_file_size 1000000
    mod_gzip_maximum_inmem_size 1000000
    mod_gzip_item_include mime ^text/.* 
    mod_gzip_item_include mime ^application/javascript$
    mod_gzip_item_include mime ^application/x-javascript$
    # Exclude old browsers and images since IE has trouble with this
    mod_gzip_item_exclude reqheader "User-Agent: .*Mozilla/4\..*\["
    mod_gzip_item_exclude mime ^image/.*

## Apache2 deflate support if available
## Important note: mod_headers is required for correct functioning across proxies.
<IfModule mod_deflate.c>
	AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text/html text/plain text/xml text/css text/javascript application/javascript application/x-javascript
	BrowserMatch ^Mozilla/4 gzip-only-text/html
	BrowserMatch ^Mozilla/4\.[0678] no-gzip
	BrowserMatch \bMSIE !no-gzip

<IfModule mod_headers.c>	
	Header append Vary User-Agent env=!dont-vary
	# The following is to disable compression for actions. The reason being is that these
	# may offer direct downloads which (since the initial request comes in as text/html and headers
	# get changed in the script) get double compressed and become unusable when downloaded by IE.
	SetEnvIfNoCase Request_URI action\/* no-gzip dont-vary
	SetEnvIfNoCase Request_URI actions\/* no-gzip dont-vary

# Configure ETags
<FilesMatch "\.(jpg|jpeg|gif|png|mp3|flv|mov|avi|3pg|html|htm|swf)$">
	FileETag MTime Size

<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>

RewriteEngine on

# If Elgg is in a subdirectory on your site, you might need to add a RewriteBase line
# containing the path from your site root to elgg's root. e.g. If your site is
# and Elgg is in, you might need 
#RewriteBase /sites/elgg/
# here, only without the # in front.
# If you're not running Elgg in a subdirectory on your site, but still getting lots
# of 404 errors beyond the front page, you could instead try:
RewriteBase /

RewriteRule ^action\/([A-Za-z0-9\_\-\/]+)$ engine/handlers/action_handler.php?action=$1&%{QUERY_STRING}

RewriteRule ^services\/api\/([A-Za-z0-9\_\-]+)\/(.*)$ engine/handlers/service_handler.php?handler=$1&request=$2&%{QUERY_STRING}

RewriteRule ^export\/([A-Za-z]+)\/([0-9]+)$ services/export/handler.php?view=$1&guid=$2
RewriteRule ^export\/([A-Za-z]+)\/([0-9]+)\/$ services/export/handler.php?view=$1&guid=$2
RewriteRule ^export\/([A-Za-z]+)\/([0-9]+)\/([A-Za-z]+)\/([A-Za-z0-9\_]+)\/$ services/export/handler.php?view=$1&guid=$2&type=$3&idname=$4

RewriteRule ^\_css\/css\.css$ _css/css.php

RewriteRule ^pg\/([A-Za-z0-9\_\-]+)\/(.*)$ engine/handlers/pagehandler.php?handler=$1&page=$2&%{QUERY_STRING}
RewriteRule ^pg\/([A-Za-z0-9\_\-]+)$ engine/handlers/pagehandler.php?handler=$1&%{QUERY_STRING}

RewriteRule xml-rpc.php engine/handlers/xml-rpc_handler.php
RewriteRule mt/mt-xmlrpc.cgi engine/handlers/xml-rpc_handler.php

RewriteRule ^tag/(.+)/?$ engine/handlers/pagehandler.php?handler=search&page=$1


I initially had issues with going past the install phase, but after uncommenting "RewriteBase /" it allowed me to continue.


One more thing I must add... since both sites are running from the same IP, I've had to use separate ports for each site:

Joomla    =

ELGG       =


Seems to work out well minus this CSS issue.


Thank you and Merry Christmas,



Dec 14, 2010 at 12:27 PM

There's a verifying and troubleshooting page in the IIRF documentation.

Check it out - it will tell you how to use the /iirfstatus URL to quickly check to see if there are any syntax errors or warnings in your ini file.

It will also tell you how to look in the IIRF log file to see the specific error messages.

The iirf.ini file does not support the full .htaccess syntax. You can't simply copy over an .htaccess file.  As a result, IIRF will tell you that your ini file has numerous errors in it.