How to Create a DNN Portal

Clarity | Building custom DNN websites for nearly 10 yearsDotNetNuke (now called DNN) portal systems have a variety of useful features. A portal is simply a site used as an entrance point to reach the World Wide Web. The DotNetNuke, or DNN portal is powerful and has many useful features. We will explain how the DNN portal works, and define parents and client portals.

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Most shared hosting methods require you to buy a domain name, and host with an internet provider. If you want to buy another domain name, you need to get an additional hosting package; this can prove to be costly. Many organizations use DNN portals for their business. The multiple DNN portals enable individuals to manage multiple domain names from just one hosting account. All the administrator has to do is create a portal for each domain name. To create DNN multiple portals for domains, go to the portal alias settings, and select the domain name you would like to point to the portal.


How Does a DNN Portal / Website Work?

This is how the DNN portal works. The point domain names that you purchase should be pointed to a single DNN site installation. In order to do this, go to the hosting services control panel, and then click on the IIS settings. Afterwards, change the Host Header settings to point the domain name to your DNN installation IP address.
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What is a Parent Portal?

A parent portal is sometimes also referred to as a client portal. A client portal or parent portal is the gateway to your website.

A parent portal is sometimes also referred to as a client portal. A client portal or parent portal is the gateway to your website. Every parent portal has a one of kind domain name such as In the DotNetNuke portal community, people are often confused about the parent portal and child portal. The only difference between these two is the URL. Child portals allow the URL to be a subset of the original, one-of-a-kind domain name. The URL for the child portal could be

Both the parent and child portal are given portal numbers that begin with 0. The main differences between the child and parent portal are the child has a special root folder in the DotNetNuke installation, and a parent portal does not have to re-direct to the main install page after the first redirect.

How are these two types of portals set up?

A parent portal or a client portal can be created by assigning a portal ID to the portal. The default setting of a DotNetNuke portal has every portal starting with 0. First, you need to set up your portal by writing down the domain name of the site to your DNN install. You need the title, keywords and description of your website. Then just go to security settings and select Create portal. Your portal will be running in an instant.

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