Enabling WebHelp Plus Output

Enabling WebHelp Plus Output

If you want to take advantage of the advanced server-side features of WebHelp Plus (i.e., automatic runtime project merging, faster search, server-side search, searching of non-XHTML files), you must enable WebHelp Plus output. This includes performing the following tasks: (1) installing Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) and ASP.NET, (2) setting up the WebHelp Plus target and generating/publishing, (3) configuring IIS on the production server, (4) starting Microsoft Indexing Service or Microsoft Windows Search (depending on the operating system), and (5) enabling WebHelp Plus search.

It is not necessary to install these in order to simply build WebHelp Plus output. However, if you want to be able to view and display WebHelp Plus output, the following steps are necessary. You must perform these steps on the machine that will be hosting the published WebHelp Plus output. If you want to view the output on your local machine to test the results, then you also need to perform these steps on your local computer, except for the procedure "Configuring IIS on Production Server."

For a complete scenario that illustrates these and other WebHelp Plus steps in a real-life situation, see WebHelp Plus Scenario.