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Install, publish DNN or other web applications from WebMatrix


Earlier we wrote a tutorial on how to install and deploy DNN (DotNetNuke) manually via an FTP client. But since WebMatrix is becoming more of a standard for web deployment, it’s the right time to let you guys know how to publish your existing DNN site from WebMatrix to your Phi 9 account. The process being straight-forward is still almost the same but this is a step-by-step tutorial for people who are still starting to use WebMatrix and our control panel.

To sum up the overall process, all you  need to do is:

  • Download WebMatrix profile from our control panel, add connection string to it and import it to WebMatrix
  • Publish
  • Complete post-publish installation wizard, if any

So, this process is same if you want to publishing any other applications from WebMatrix except there’ll be different post-setup wizard depending upon the web app you’ll be using!

This tutorial assumes that you just have downloaded the DNN on your local system in WebMatrix; which in most cases does require post-setup.
Below are the detailed steps.

1. This tutorial assumes that you’ve a working installation of WebMatrix and DNN from it’s gallery on your computer. If not open up WebMatrix and install DNN or any other web application you want. We’ll use DNN for this example.

2. Login to your Windows control panel (usually at, yours may be different; consult emails from Phi 9). Go to Web Sites > Click on your website name > Under Home Folder tab, make sure that “Enable Write Permissions” checkbox is enabled.

3. From Databases section in control panel, create an SQL Server 2008 database, also its db user and assign the db user to your database. Simply click the mentioned buttons.

4. From Web Sites section > your website > Web Publishing tab > Enter your control panel username and password > Click Enable.

5. From the same screen, click on Rebuild Publishing Profile link. Select the database you  just created, its db user, leave FTP field to default and click on OK button.

6. Finally click on “Download Publish Profile” on the same screen. Save the file on your computer.

7. Open WebMatrix, open your web application site or DNN site in it, go to “Remote” tab, click “Publish” and “Import Publish Settings”.

8. Finally publish the site making sure to select checkbox saying, “Delete files on the remote server that are not on my computer” .

9. It’ll take a few minutes to complete. Then click on your site URL.

10. Complete the post-deployment installation steps. In case of DNN, just keep clicking “Next” until you are asked to set up your account with a username and password.

11. Set up completes with a success message and your DNN site is published!

Written by Phi 9 World

September 29th, 2012 at 1:27 am