Create a New Website in Windows IIS 10

Time needed: 15 minutes

This how-to will step you through setting up a new website in Internet Information Services (IIS). These steps are shown in IIS 10 on Windows 10 Enterprise, but the same basic procedures apply to IIS 7 and 8.

  1. Open IIS Manager.

    Open Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager. You can find it quickly by typing “IIS” in the search field.Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager

  2. Add website.

    Expand your computer’s directory by clicking the > to the left of the icon in the left-hand pane. Then, right-click Sites and select Add Website
    Add Website

  3. Create site name.

    The Add Website window will open. First, add an easy-to-remember name for the website in the Site name field.
    Site name

  4. Add physical path.

    Navigate to the directory containing your website’s files so that it appears in the Physical path field.Physical path

  5. Set binding options.

    Under Binding, select the Type (HTTP or HTTPS), IP address, Port, and Host name.

  6. Decide whether or not to start the website.

    If you would like to start the website right away, make sure that Start Website immediately is checked. If not, uncheck it.Start website immediately

  7. Finish up.

    Click the OK button to finish creating your new website.
    OK button

  8. Next Steps.

    After the Add Website window closes, you will your new website in the list of sites. At this point you will likely want to protect your new website with an SSL/TLS certificate. For detailed instructions, please refer to these how-tos:
    Generate a Certificate Signing Request (CSR) in IIS 10
    Ordering and Retrieving SSL/TLS Certificates
    Install an SSL/TLS Certificate in IIS 10
    Binding in IIS 10

    New website in list of sites

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