DotNetNuke Project Templates


This Visual Studio Package contains Project Templates to aid in your DotNetNuke Extension development.

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by ClubReady Chris | June 23 2014

by Luis Lepe | August 21 2013

This is THE template to use if you're serious about programming in DNN.

by Michael Clausing | March 05 2013

by hismightiness | September 01 2012

Great job, Chris!

Chris-Hammond September 03 2012
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  • Cant Install the DotNetNuke Project Templates due to unable to install the extension to all the selected products.
    3 Posts | Last post July 23, 2014
    • On my PC already have the Microsoft Visual Studio Ultimate 2012, but still cant install for my PC.
    • need to install Microsoft Visual Studio Professional 2012 only can work ?
    • The latest release of the templates only work for Visual Studio 2013. You can get a 2012 supported version from Codeplex at 
  • Error when create project: the web server '' could not be found
    6 Posts | Last post March 13, 2014
      I'm getting the following error when create a new project:
      the web server '' could not be found
    • After added : DNNDEV.ME and DNNDEV to SitteBindings. It works :D
    • Glad you got it figured out.
    • Bless you ThienDuy; your SiteBindings solution worked for me.
    • Hi guys,
      Could you tell me what site bindings you have setup in your IIS as it did not work for me.
      Right now, I access my DNN with the following URL: http://localhost/evoqdnn/
      but it clearly does not work with
      Any help will be greatly appreciated :)
    • The templates are setup for not a application/virtualdirectory off of the website itself. 
  • moving DNN from VS2012 to VS2013
    2 Posts | Last post December 29, 2013
    • when moving DNN from VS2012 to VS2013, I got build errors in the website not the module project.
      The errors are:
      Error	36	Could not load type 'Christoc.Modules.CustomRegistration.View'.	D:\PROJECTS\Hyundai\DPN\HmaPerformance\\DesktopModules\CustomRegistration\View.ascx	1
      Error	42	Could not load file or assembly 'DotNetNuke' or one of its dependencies. The system cannot find the file specified.	D:\PROJECTS\Hyundai\DPN\HmaPerformance\\DesktopModules\CustomRegistration\User.ascx	3	
    • I would start by checking to make sure the references are still configured properly. 
  • Error: The DNNModule1 Web Application Project is configured to use IIS. Could not find the web server ''
    1 Posts | Last post September 09, 2013
    • I have Problem-
      i made changes in site binding still the issue is there,
      also after click on NO where the create virtual directory option comes.. then project converion windows comes which has issue. not all code get convert.
      i have DNN 7.* verion, IIS 6.1, windows 7, VS 2010
      Please give me solution or give me project templete fil for the same.
  • Error: The DNNModule1 Web Application Project is configured to use IIS. Could not find the web server ''
    1 Posts | Last post August 06, 2013
    • Hi Chris,
      I have this problem:
      The DNNModule1 Web Application Project is configured to use IIS. Could not find the web server ''
      I use administrative privilegies, and nothing. 
      Only choose DNN Template into VS2012.  I don't have, It's necesary ?
      I don't have any idea!
  • error
    7 Posts | Last post March 04, 2013
    • Hi Chris,
      I'm getting the following error after I double-click and attempt to install the  vsix file:
      "The extension manifest is invalid"
      Any idea what could be causing that?  Some details about my environment:
       - Windows 7
       - I've got VS 20080 and VS 2010 installed
       - I think that all the latest updates are installed
    • I also tried the more manual method:
       - pulled down the C# Dal2 template from Code Plex
       - Copied it to the proper VS folder under My Docs
       - VS found the template and lets me specify the module name and whatnot
       - But I get :
      "The project template has a reference to a missing Extension.  Could not find an Extension with ID 'e48 ....... <GUID> ..... 3eed'"
    • The "manual" install of the old DAL template also failed.
    • Chris - so sorry, but you can DISREGARD my issue.  I missed the part that said that these were VS 2012 templates.  Obviously won't work in VS 2010.  
      As you were ...
    • Thanks for the follow up Jason. You can check out the older templates for VS2010 support! they are on codeplex 
    • Hi Chris,
      I could not find the VS2010 templates on codeplex.
    • @josef 
  • Why requiring DotNetNuke 7.0.2+
    2 Posts | Last post January 28, 2013
    • Were there some fundamental changes to DNN to make the new 2.0 templates  require the latest DNN version?
    • 1) DAL2 is only available in DotNetNuke 7, and being that 7.0.2 has a number of bug fixes there is no need to go back to DNN 7.0
      2) I always encourage people to develop on the latest release.
      You can always download the source code from codeplex and change any requirements yourself.
  • Compatible with 2012 Express Web
    6 Posts | Last post January 25, 2013
    • Are the DotNetNuke Project templates compatible with VS 2012 Express for Web?
    • These are not, I need to track down why, but there is something about the projects that doesn't work (I don't know what, I was told by the VS Gallery team that they wouldn't work)
    • I opened vsxi file wit 7zip, then opened file extension.vsixmanifest
      changed <InstallationTarget Id="Microsoft.VisualStudio.Pro" Version="11.0" />
      <InstallationTarget Id="Microsoft.VisualStudio.VWDExpress" Version="11.0" />
      and i'm able to install :)
    • MDMIKO is it safe to assume that the project templates are working for you after install?
    • I've got a new version of the templates ready for the gallery, but I can't get them uploaded to the gallery due to a problem with the gallery and the express editions of VS not supporting project templates. I am hoping to hear back from the gallery team on if they plan to resolve this or not.
      If not, I may have to just release the templates on codeplex for people that want to use the express editions.
    • With the 2.0 release of the templates, the VSIX file on Codeplex should work in Express, but with the limitations that the Gallery provides the one available here is only for paid versions of VS2012
  • Cannot access the IIS metadata.
    3 Posts | Last post November 19, 2012
    • Hi Chris,when I created a new dnn project, vs2012 told me "Web application projects are configured to use IIS. Cannot access the IIS metadata. You do not have sufficient privileges to access IIS Web sites on the computer."
      What should I do? 
      ps:My computer system is win8 pro X64.
    • Edit the project file, "<UseIIS>False</UseIIS>"
    • The project templates are designed for using IIS 7/7.5 with Administrative privileges, so you'll need to run VS as Administrator to get the full functionality.
  • DNN Using 4.5?
    2 Posts | Last post September 10, 2012
    • Hi Chris, thanks for posting an updated template for DNN in VS12! Can we infer that DNN 6.2 can use ASP.NET 4.5 or should we still use 4.0 in our project templates?
    • Jose, I haven't tested things against 6.2 and 4.5 yet personally, but my assumption would be yes.