The host this blog resides on lets us use php and mysql, so the initial setup was not too difficult - just edit the Wordpress config file for the database, etc. The trick here was to get article permalinks relatively clean so they werenâ€™t search-engine unfriendly IDs.
I found the following info helpful:
post on permalinks with IIS
The upshot is you create a file in the root directory of your web site called â€śphp.iniâ€ť with the following in it:
cgi.fix_pathinfo = 1
cgi.force_redirect = 0
Then you set up your permalink structure as follows:
If we had access to IIS, there are some better options, such as ISAPI plug-ins and the like. In the meantime, this works pretty well.
For email handling, we found wPhpMailer.