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WordPress error Windows Server HTTP Error 403.14 Forbiden

If you see the following error after a successful install of wordpress on a IIS 7.5 on a Windows Server the fix might be to change your default document to index.php    In the case of the following error we found the default document set to index.aspx since it was inherited from the parent website, in this case a website.

Solution change your default document for your WordPress website. 

To change your default document in IIS 7.5 open IIS select/highlight/click the WordPress website (folder)

Then scroll down in the middle panel and double click the “Default Document” icon under the IIS section.  Here you can verify the default document(s) for your WordPress website and check to see if it is set to “index.php”

Actual Errors displayed in web browser
Error Summary HTTP Error 403.14 – Forbidden

The Web server is configured to not list the contents of this directory.

403 – Forbidden: Access is denied.

You might see the full error is you are viewing your wordpress website on the actual server via a browser which would like this

Server Error in Application “RIPTIDEHOSTING.COM/BLOG”

Internet Information Services 7.5

Error Summary HTTP Error 403.14 – Forbidden

The Web server is configured to not list the contents of this directory.

Detailed Error Information

Module DirectoryListingModule

Notification ExecuteRequestHandler

Handler StaticFile

Error Code 0x00000000

Requested URL

Physical Path C:inetpubwwwrootRiptideHositng.comblog

Logon Method Anonymous

Logon User Anonymous

Most likely causes: •A default document is not configured for the requested URL, and directory browsing is not enabled on the server.

Things you can try: •If you do not want to enable directory browsing, ensure that a default document is configured and that the file exists. • Enable directory browsing using IIS Manager. 1.Open IIS Manager. 2.In the Features view, double-click Directory Browsing. 3.On the Directory Browsing page, in the Actions pane, click Enable.

•Verify that the configuration/system.webServer/[email protected] attribute is set to true in the site or application configuration file.

Links and More InformationThis error occurs when a document is not specified in the URL, no default document is specified for the Web site or application, and directory listing is not enabled for the Web site or application. This setting may be disabled on purpose to secure the contents of the server. View more information »