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DotNetNuke (DNN) & – A Beginner’s Guide – Part 2 of 3

by Community Manager on August 25, 2008

Welcome to our 3 part series of DotNetNuke blog. We did start by talking about what DotNetNuke is all about. In part two we will talk about how to install DNN using your account. We will end our series by showing you how to create your first DNN page. We hope you will enjoy this series. If you missed part one then please visit

How to install DNN using a account?

The process is actually very easy. First make sure that you are a Windows 2008 user?

If you are an existing user then here is how you can find out your server version.

First login to control panel by visiting

Once you are in then click on “Domain Name” link.

Then click on “List of Domain Names”…

This page will give you all the info you need… Make sure that your server version is Windows 2008.

If you are not an existing user but planning to join then make sure that you at least subscribe to a “Premium Plan”. You may become a user by visiting: and clicking on “Sign-Up”, we would love to see you join…

Once you made sure that you are on Windows 2008, next steps are very easy. Start simply by clicking on “Site Management” link at the top main navigation.

Then click on “Application Manager” link…

You will be presented with the available applications. Simply click on Go button for DotNetNuke.

If you don’t have a MS SQL database activated with your account then go ahead and click on the “Click here” link…

For instructions on how to activate your MS SQL 2008 account, please visit this blog posting.

After successfully activating your database, go ahead and start the DNN installation one more time. This time you will be presented with the available databases. In our case there is only one database available so we select that and click on “Continue button”.

Next page will ask you where to make the installation. I prefer installing under the root directory so I go ahead and delete the word “dotnetnuke” and click on the install button.

Be patient, files are being copied.

Installation will be completed once you click on the “Complete Installation” button.

Although the page says “Installation Completed”, we are still not done. We now need to configure our installation.

As a beginner, you may prefer selecting Auto but I will go ahead and continue with a Typical Installation. Select typical and click on the next button.

Next page is about “File Permissions”. Click on “Test Permissions” link to test your server settings.

If you haven’t done any changes to your permissions, test should not fail.

Click on next to continue. Next page is about SQL Configuration. I will not change anything as I trust the wizard. If you are not sure about the settings then go ahead and click on “Test Database Connection” link to make sure.

Be patient, we are very close to completion…

Next step is to assign a username and a password for the SuperUser. This user is God, it is the administrator of all administrators so make sure that you enter a hard to guess password and username.

Final step is to create an administrator for this portal. Make sure that you again enter a hard to guess password. Click on next and woilaaa your site is ready. Go ahead and visit this site at:

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Simple Simon February 15, 2010 at 10:35 AM

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Stoddard January 20, 2011 at 9:22 AM

I hate when a program says “Installation Completed” but then you have to configure the installation. So disappointing!

Randy5 May 9, 2011 at 7:53 PM

I always Test Database Connection, even though I probably don’t have to.

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