To run an ASP.Net application locally, you need to have access to a database server and Internet Information Services (Microsoft's web server software). Developers will usually have both of these tools installed, but designers and more casual users may
1. Ensure your server meets the
system requirements for installing Graffiti
2. Download the latest release of Graffiti from
3. Extract the files to a folder on your computer. You can FTP them to your server or load them directly onto your computer.
4. After the extraction process is complete, navigate to the parent folder into which you extracted the files. Along with a number of files, Graffiti extracts two folders – Web and Data – and loads them into the parent folder.
5. Select the child Web folder and copy it and its contents to your Web site folder or virtual directory. This is the root location of your web files. It could be your own server, a shared server, etc. If you have a hosting account, your provider should have
given you a location to put your Web files.
6. You will need to select a database to use with Graffiti and configure it. See
Configuring A New Database
for instructions. You will also need to configure a database connection by making some changes to the web.config file. See
About the Graffiti Database
7. In your web browser, navigate to site url. You will be forwarded automatically to the setup page. Set the site title, time zone, and admin user account email and password before continuing.
8. You will be forwarded to /graffiti-admin/
to access the login page.
When you login for the first time, the
dashboard will be empty because there is no content in the database.