DNN Hosting Requirements

DNN Implementation partner explains the basic hosting recommendations of a DNN portal
DNN Portal Hosting Recommendations Explained

DNN Hosting Requirements

Clarity has designed and built more than 1,000 DNN websites over the last 14 years. Our own Clarity ecommerce platform was designed to plug in as DNN modules to the DNN CMS. If you've got an older version of DNN, don't hesitate to give us a call. We've still got active clients running all the way back to version 5.

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The following are required for DNN Platform 9.4 and DNN Evoq 9.4.

Supported Operating Systems

  • Windows 8
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 10
  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Windows Server 2016

.NET Framework

  • 4.7.2+

Web Server

  • Microsoft IIS 7.5, 8.0, 8.5, 10

Database Server

  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Express R2
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Express
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2014
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Express
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2016 (for DNN 8.0.4+)
  • Microsoft Azure SQL Database


  • Chrome
  • Firefox
  • IE 11
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Safari for Mac

Note: DNN products are tested on the latest browser versions at the time of release. Although untested, older browsers could still work. Clarity normally tests on the latest 3 versions of IE, and the latest 2 versions of Firefox, Safari and Chrome.

Developer IDEs

For creating extensions:
  • Visual Studio 2015
  • Visual Studio 2017
  • Visual Studio 2019

Note: Starting with DNN 9.4.0, .NET Framework 4.7.2+ is required, however, it is still possible to use older versions of Visual Studio, and .NET Framework for extension development. The minimum version for extension development is dependent upon the targeted DNN Minimum Version.

For contributing to the DNN Platform:
  • Visual Studio 2017
  • Visual Studio 2019

Recommended Environment

  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • IIS 8.5
  • SQL Server 2014 or Later
  • For developers: SQL Server 2014 Developer Edition or Express
  • For developers: Visual Studio 2019

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