Chapter 2. Installing DotNetNuke Version 5

This chapter reviews the installation processes of the available packages that come with DotNetNuke. The installation process has been simplified with the automated installer, and you have four packages to choose from when you consider installing DotNetNuke.

The Install Package contains only the files needed for a runtime deployment to a web server. The Source Package contains everything, including full application source code. The Starter Kit Package contains the files needed to configure a development environment in Visual Web Developer Express, which is a free tool for creating and working with ASP.NET web applications or Visual Studio 2005/2008 applications. You can also use SQL Express for your database. All of these are free from Microsoft Corporation.

The Upgrade Package contains only the files needed for an upgrade of an existing installation. Your previous edition for the upgrade should be v4.x.

Which package is good for your application? Select the Source Package if you are a web developer and need to customize the DotNetNuke web application framework. Select the Install Package if you want to deploy a live site to a web server with minimum required files. The Upgrade Package would be used to upgrade an existing installation to a newer version.

To get these downloads, you need to go to, register on the site, and click the Download icon located on the top of the page.

What You Need to Install DNN 5

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