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How to Create a DNN Portal

Brief explanation of how to create a DNN portal so you can get started
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How to Create a DotNetNuke / DNN Portal

DotNetNuke (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.

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 the URL Know Where The Site is?

How Does a DNN Portal / Website Work?

This is how the DNN portal works. The domain names (URLs) that you purchase should be pointed to a single DNN site installation. This is normally done by editing the ANAME records to point to the IP address of the server which is hosting the DNN 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.

Parent > Client > Child Portals

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. Every parent portal has a one of kind domain name such as www.dotnetnuke.com. 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 www.dotnetnuke.com/pricing.

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.

A parent portal is sometimes also referred to as a client portal. A client portal or parent portal is the gateway to your website.
Each Portal has its own Sub-directory

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.

DotNetNuke is a great platform to build your web presence with. Clarity can help you customize any web software that you or your company wishes to utilize. Please Ask an Expert if you have any questions about DNN or its features.

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