How to Disable the Getting Started page in DNN 7.x and 7.1.x

The getting started page in DNN 7.0.x and 7.1.x will show every time you log in, and there isn't a built in way to disable this feature.  There is also a bug in DNN that can cause this popup to occur every time you go to a new page on the site, which can be very annoying.  Fortunately, there is an entry in the database that allows us to disable this popup.
Resolution Method 1:  SQL Management Studio
  1. Load the SQL management studio software and connect to the database server
  2. Create a New Query
  3. Enter the following text, replacing database with the name of your database and prepend your objectQualifier to the table name if needed:
    USE database 
    UPDATE PortalSettings
    SET SettingValue = 'True'
    WHERE SettingName = 'GettingStartedPageShown'
  4. Execute the query.
  5. Recycle your application pool by going to Tools > Recycle Application Pool in DNN.
Resolution Method 2:  SQL from DNN
  1. Go to Host > SQL
  2. Enter the following text into the text box:
    UPDATE {databaseOwner}{objectQualifier}PortalSettings
    SET SettingValue = 'True'
    WHERE SettingName = 'GettingStartedPageShown'
  3. Click Run Script.
In DNN 7.2+, there is a "Don't show this again" check box was added in the bottom left corner of the "Welcome to your website" page you can check to disable this.

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