Install DNN

With 750,000 production websites and more than 8 million downloads, DNN is the leading Web Content Management platform (CMS) for the Microsoft Web Platform. An intuitive interface allows users to easily create new sites or extend existing websites. An open API and nearly 10,000 pluggable apps allow web professionals to create sites for many scenarios. An enthusiastic open-source community with more than 800,000 registered members supports DNN on the Microsoft Web Platform.

The Microsoft Web Platform Installer will download any
pre-requisites and then install WebMatrix and DNN
for you. Just click Install and we’ll handle the rest.

Get Started with DNN and WebMatrix

Microsoft WebMatrix makes it easy for anyone to create a DNN site. DNN is available from the Web Application Gallery and is fully tested to run on WebMatrix. Customize your site easily and then publish it on the internet from a wide choice of hosting service providers.




  • WebMatrix makes creating a DNN site easy. WebMatrix will download, install and configure the latest version of DNN for you automatically.
  • WebMatrix provides everything you need including the web server, database, and ASP.NET, including the new Razor Syntax and Helpers in WebMatrix.
  • By using the same stack on your development desktop that you’ll use on the server that hosts your clients’ site, the process of going live is painless and worry free.
  • WebMatrix lets you customize your DNN site. The lightweight editor supports HTML, CSS and ASP.NET and makes you more productive with features such as color coding and tag completion.
  • WebMatrix provides editing capabilities for your SQL Server database allowing you to modify your schema or edit data directly if needed.
  • WebMatrix provides a Search Engine Optimization (SEO) report that crawls your local site. WebMatrix gives you specific feedback to ensure your site is easily indexed by all the major search engines.
  • WebMatrix makes it easy to publish your site to a hosted server. WebMatrix supports the standard FTP and Secure FTP protocols as well as Microsoft’s WebDeploy protocol.
  • WebDeploy makes publishing even easier by automatically configuring your server first as well as smartly deploying only the files that have changed for any updates. WebDeploy can even synch your development machine with your live site.
  • WebMatrix includes a Hosting Gallery with great offers for hosting on Windows. Get the best deals for hosting DNN on Windows right inside WebMatrix itself.


New to DNN?

If you’re new to DNN and are worried about where to start, you've come to the right place! Visit the DNN for a wealth of resources available to help you get started with DNN. If you’re having trouble installing DNN, visit the DNN Forums, where you’ll find solutions and connect directly with the folks who know and are always ready to help, or the DNN Wiki. Get access to modules and skins developed by the DNN community at the DNN Forge. Visit the DNN website for additional information and resources, the destination for open source collaboration on the DNN platform.


Have questions on WebMatrix or need assistance?

If you have questions on running DNN with WebMatrix or are having trouble visit the WebMatrix Forums and connect directly with the community of users using WebMatrix and the Microsoft engineers who created it. We’re always on and ready to help.

DNN and WebsiteSpark

DNN WebsiteSpark Partner

Interested in running DNN? WebsiteSpark from Microsoft gives software, support, and new leads to Web Developers and Designers. Through WebsiteSpark you’ll get:

Software and solutions: Multiple licenses are available for Microsoft development tools, Web platform technologies, server products, including: Visual Studio®, Expression®, SQL Server®, and Windows Server®.

A new business pipeline: Increase your visibility to customers with a profile in the Partner Catalog. Opt in to lead generating campaigns and connect with businesses that need web development and design services.

Training and support: Access Microsoft technical support professionals and receive offers and discounts from Network and Hosting Partners to help your company run more efficiently.

Getting started is easy. Just click on the Register Now button

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DNN and Hosting Service Providers

Great Deals for DNN Hosting

The Microsoft Web Hosting Gallery makes it easy to find the best deals for Web Hosting on the Microsoft Web Platform. Compare and filter on price, location, features, consumer ratings and more to find a package just right for your needs. Select from the wide variety of packages available—from shared to virtual machines or dedicated servers; there is something for everyone and an offer for every need.

The expansive network of Microsoft hosting services provider partners enables you to grow your business on DNN. The Microsoft Web Hosting Gallery’s “Spotlight Offer” feature also ensures that you will be able to easily find the offers that are running the latest versions of Microsoft software.

Check out some of our great offers for DNN users now.

Hoster Gallery

DNN Tutorials

Microsoft is working with the DNN community to create beginner and advanced tutorials on running DNN on the Microsoft Web Platform. Take a look at this growing list of tutorials to get great how-to information on making DNN even better on Windows.

All tutorials

Using WebMatrix to build a DNN Application