Installing Kentico - custom installation

The following procedure describes the installation of Kentico in the most basic scenario for development purposes. You need to have an IIS server installed along with access to an SQL server.

  1. Click Next on the welcome screen of the installer.

  2. Select your country. The installer automatically tries to pre-select the appropriate country based on your system’s locale.

  3. Agree to the license terms.

  4. Click Next.

  5. Click Custom installation.

    Custom installation

  6. Check if the installation location for program files suits you (these are only the setup files, not the web project).

  7. Click Next.

  8. Check if the installation location for your web project suits you (the default path is C:\inetpub\wwwroot\Kentico11).

    Selecting installation type

  9. Choose your installation type configuration. We recommend the default options:

  10. Click Next.

  11. Check I have access to the SQL server.

  12. Select your SQL server from the list.

  13. Choose an authentication option for your SQL server.

    • The most common is an SQL Server account, in which case fill in the user name and password.

    If you choose the Integrated Windows authentication option:

    Make sure that the login of the user you are authenticated as already exists in the SQL server database and has correct schema configured (recommended schema is dbo).

  14. Click Establish connection.

  15. Type the name of a new database for your web project.

    Setting up the database installation

  16. Click Next.

  17. Leave the default configuration of components (all components included) and click Next.

  18. Choose a site:

    • Dancing Goat – a showcase of some of the Kentico Integrated Marketing Solution functionality and modern, responsive web design built within Kentico.
    • E-commerce Site – a model of the Kentico e-commerce solution.
    • Corporate Site – a showcase of most of Kentico’s capabilities.
    • Blank Site – to begin the development of a new website from scratch.
    • MVC Blank Site – a blank template used for sites that use an MVC application for their presentation. The site is only intended to be a repository for content displayed by an external MVC application. The content itself is managed by content editors.

    License limitations for sample sites

    Some of the sample sites use features that are only available in specific Kentico license editions. If you use a license edition lower than Kentico EMS, you may encounter problems when working with certain features (Content Personalization, for example). The initial trial license is equivalent to an EMS license.

    Selecting sample sites to import with the installation

  19. Click Next.

  20. Decide whether to enable the Kentico improvement program for the installed instance (via the Send anonymous usage records to Kentico checkbox).

    Opting in for the Kentico improvement program

  21. Click Install.

After the installation is successfully finished, Kentico automatically opens in the default browser.

Default sign in credentials

The default user name to a newly installed web project is administrator, the default password is blank (no password).

It’s highly recommended that you change the password after you finish the installation.