You might not realize it, but it is possible to make use of SQL Server to run a WordPress site, albeit with a slightly complex and roundabout setup process which requires a degree of patience and expertise to orchestrate correctly.
Of course, if you are well versed in the ins and outs managing a server, handling everything from SQL server blocking to hardware faults and beyond, then you may still be eager to take the plunge and attempt WordPress integration.
To that end, here are some tips on the options you have for achieving this, ranging from the straightforward to the more challenging.
Make use of comprehensive tools
Rather than having to start tackling the issue of getting WordPress and SQL Server to play ball with one another from scratch, it makes sense to take advantage of the hard work that others have already done to overcome it.
Project Nami is one such solution, which was built from the ground up to allow the SQL server to act as the app database on which WordPress operates.
There are some conditions that need to follow and limitations to consider with this route; it is only compatible with SQL Server 2012 or later, so if for some reason your database is running on an older version then it will not support. Although the group to which this problem applies is vanishingly small.
Another issue to keep in mind if you take this route is that not all WordPress plugins are supported since this is a forked version of the platform and so compatibility is not guaranteed. Even so, the team behind this platform is constantly tweaking, improving, and updating it. With crowdsourced support from users helping to cover the cost. The good news is that the project is free to access and use. So, you can take it for a spin without needing to commit any cash upfront.
Take a different approach
If you are willing to get your hands dirty and find a slightly more fiddly workaround for getting WordPress to run on SQL Server, then this guide is worth considering in more detail.
It outlines the steps involved in effectively duping WordPress into accepting SQL Server. As its database in part by piggybacking on the implementation of MySQL that is on support.
The main downside of this approach is that it is at SQL Server 2008. So your success at getting the results you want with newer iterations will vary.
WordPress on SQL Server: Use an alternative
Ultimately you may decide that the hassle involved in getting WordPress to cooperate with SQL Server is too great. In which case you will almost certainly be better off sticking with MySQL. The officially supported database management system that is in this particular CMS.
The advantage of sticking with MySQL is that it is open source. So, does not necessarily come with the same costs as are with Microsoft’s SQL Server. Indeed the aforementioned Project Nami is reliant on integration with Azure. Which adds extra costs to the process of integration, whereas the native support for MySQL in WordPress avoids these.
It is also entirely possible to migrate from an SQL Server database to MySQL with comparative ease. Which could provide you with another way to embrace WordPress. Without having to find a workaround for the conflicts and incompatibilities. That exists between it and Microsoft’s platform.
Should you feel overwhelmed by any of this, it makes sense to let a professional assist you. With any kind of WordPress adoption or migration, as this will iron out issues effectively.