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Installation Quick Start

These are the high level steps for setting up mojoPortal content management system with links to more detailed documentation for each step.

  1. Download the mojoportal deployment package for the database you plan to use, usually MS SQL.
  2. Unzip the package
  3. Upload the contents of the wwwroot folder (in the package) to the root folder of your web site
  4. Copy the user.config.sample file from the root of the wwwroot folder and rename it to user.config
  5. Set the connection string for your database in user.config, usually your host can tell you what the connection string is.
  6. After uploading the files make sure the /App_Data and  /Data folders are writable by the web process user (the user that is the identity on the application pool of your site in IIS Web Server).
  7. Visit yoursiteroot/Setup/Default.aspx to complete the installation.

First you need web hosting of some kind, so have a look at our Hosting Requirements and when you are ready, acquire hosting.

Download the release version of mojoPortal to a folder on your local machine, typically you will want mojoportal-x-x-x-x-mssql-net40-deploymentfiles.zip

Extract the contents of the .zip file and you will have a number of files and folders. You can ignore the legacyscripts folder as that is only there for upgrading very old versions of mojoportal, it is not needed for a new installation.

The wwwroot folder corresponds to the root of your web site, upload the contents of the wwwroot folder (not the folder itself) to the web root folder at your hosting provider. See Uploading Files to a Hosted Server for more details and tips.

Database Creation and Connection Settings

Your web host will typically provide a web control panel and there will be something there that allows you to create your database and database user. Create your database and user and make note of the database name, the user name and password, and the server name. You'll need this information to set the connection string in Web.config or ideally user.config (See Web.config Guide for more detail about the optional but recommended use of a user.config file). To set your connection string, you will edit the Web.config or user.config file using a text editor like notepad on your local machine, then you will upload it and overwrite the one you uploaded previously (its in the root web folder). Typically you will be using MSSQL/SQLExpress and to set your connection string you want to edit this setting:

<add key="MSSQLConnectionString" value="server=yourservername;UID=yourdatabaseusername;PWD=yourdatabaseuserpassword;database=yourdatabasename" />

Documentation for other databases can be found here.

Running mojoPortal Setup

After setting your connection string and uploading the edited file, visit the web page at http://yoursiterootordomainname/Setup/Default.aspx and mojoportal setup will proceed with installing the tables and other database obejcts into your database.

File Permission Errors

If the setup page indicates problems with file permissions, then you need to look in your hosting control panel for the permission manager or file manager and set the permissions on the /App_Data and /Data folder so that it and all sub folders and files inside it are writable by the web process user (the user that is the identity on your application pool in IIS Web Server). The way this is done varies by hosting providers so if you have trouble you may need to ask your host.

Security Exception Errors

If you get any errors that say security exception, it probably means your hosting provider is enforcing a Medium Trust security policy. mojoPortal can be configured to work in Medium Trust by following additional steps discussed here.

Signing Into Your New Site

Once setup completes you will be able to sign into your new site using admin@admin.com and the password admin. The next thing you should do is go to the MyAccount page and change the password and change the email address to your own email address. After doing that you should sign out and then sign in again using your real email address and new password. You should also consider your password encryption options.

Additional Help with Installation

If you have difficulties and you can't find the answer in the documentation, please post in the forums and we will try to help you.

Last Updated: 2011-04-21 -- Joe Davis