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How to use Plesk to install DotNetNuke

This article describes how to install DotNetNuke (also known as DNN) in Plesk. DotNetNuke is a content management system (CMS) based on Microsoft .NET.

There are two ways to install this application. Use whichever method you prefer:
  • Quick installation: Plesk supports a quick installation option that enables you to quickly and easily install the application using default, optimal settings.
  • Custom installation: The custom installation option enables you to customize many application configuration settings.

Method #1: Quick installation

To quickly install the latest DotNetNuke version, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to Plesk.
    If you do not know how to log in to your Plesk account, please see this article.
  2. In the left sidebar, click Applications.
  3. On the Applications page, click All Available Applications.
  4. In the search text box, type DotNetNuke and then press Enter. DotNetNuke appears in the search results.
  5. Next to DotNetNuke, click Install. The Installation of DotNetNuke page appears.
  6. In the Specify the location where this web application should be installed section, select the protocol, domain, and directory.
    If you have an SSL certificate installed on your site, select https. If you do not have an SSL certificate installed on your site, the protocol option may not be available.
    If you want your domain name to go directly to the application, make sure the text box for the directory name is blank.
  7. Click Install. Plesk installs the application, and then displays configuration settings, including login information.

Method #2: Custom installation

To install DotNetNuke using custom settings, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to Plesk.
    If you do not know how to log in to your Plesk account, please see this article.
  2. In the left sidebar, click Applications.
  3. On the Applications page, click All Available Applications.
  4. In the search text box, type DotNetNuke and then press Enter. DotNetNuke appears in the search results.
  5. Next to DotNetNuke, click the down arrow, and then click Install (Custom). The Installation of DotNetNuke page appears.
  6. Review the license agreement, select the I accept the terms of License Agreement check box, and then click Next.
  7. In the Specify the location where this web application should be installed section, select the protocol, domain, and directory.
    If you have an SSL certificate installed on your site, select https. If you do not have an SSL certificate installed on your site, the protocol option may not be available.
    If you want your domain name to go directly to the application, make sure the text box for the directory name is blank.
  8. Under Update Settings, select the Automatically update this app when updates are available check box to keep the application updated.
    Keeping your site updated helps prevent unauthorized access attempts and data loss.
  9. Under Administrative access, select one of the following options:
    • Use administrative credentials not connected to any particular user: Select this option if you want to create a dedicated administrative account for the application.
    • Grant administrative access to existing user: Select this option if you want to use an existing user as the administrator for the application.
  10. Under Portal's Preferences, in the Portal administrator's email text box, type the administrator email address.
  11. In the Portal administrator's login text box, type the administrator username that you want to use.
  12. In the Password and Confirm Password text boxes, type the administrator password that you want to use.
  13. In the Portal name text box, type a name for the web portal.
  14. Under SMTP settings, in the SMTP Server text box, type localhost.
  15. In the Database name text box, type the name of the database to create for the application, or accept the default value.
  16. In the Database user name text box, type the name of the database to create for the application, or accept the default value.
  17. In the Database user password and Confirm password text boxes, type a password for the database.
  18. In the Confirm password text box, retype the password for the database.
    You can leave this text box empty and DotNetNuke generates a random, strong password for you.
  19. Click Install. Plesk installs the application, and then displays configuration settings, including login information.

More Information

For more information about DotNetNuke, please visit http://www.dnnsoftware.com.