Default DNN Usernames and Passwords

By default, DNN is installed with two accounts: host and admin.
The host account is responsible for the hosting environment. It can be used to add portals (sites), modules, and skins to the installation. It also sets up SMTP and has the ability to enable the site log.
The admin account is used to administer the default portal (site). Through the admin account you can perform common administration to the site like adding users, adding content, and adding modules installed by the host account to the installation and changing skins. The default passwords for the accounts are as follows:

For the Host (Superuser) Account:
Username: host
Password: dnnhost

For the Admin Account

Username: admin
Password: dnnadmin

Every fresh installation of DNN comes with the same host and admin passwords. It is crucial that you change these passwords to strong, unique passwords.

DNN 9.3.x and above
Starting with DNN 9.3 the default host and admin users are required to change the password upon first login
Change the Default Passwords DNN 9.2.x and below (PersonaBar)
  1. Select the Login link in the upper right corner of the website
  2. In the PersonaBar on the left side select the Manage (Crossed Wrenches) icon and select Users

  3. The users menu will now open, by default DNN's PersonaBar will show authorized users to change the superuser (host) password select the dropdown next to show and select Superusers

  4. To change the password for the host user select the "..." and select Change Password

  5. Once you selected Change Password, you will be prompted to enter and confirm a new password. Select Apply to update your password

  6. To change the portal (site) administrator users, you can use the same steps above to change the administrator user under the Authorized section of the Show dropdown

Change the Default Passwords DNN 7.x to DNN 8.x (RibbonBar)
  1. Select the Login button in the upper right of the website
  2. Log in with host (default password is listed above)
  3. Click on Host > SuperUser Accounts
  4. Click on the Edit icon (paper with pencil) to the left of the host account
  5. Supply an email address and click on the Manage Password tab
  6. Supply the current password, then enter your new, strong password twice then click Change Password
  7. Click on the Admin > User Accounts
  8. Click on the Edit icon next to the admin user
  9. Click on the Manage Password tab
  10. Enter your new, strong password twice then click Change Password.  *** It is important to note that your Admin password can not match your Host password or it will give a generic error message ***
DNN 7.0.2 and DNN 7.0.3 Issue
If you receive a "A critical error has occurred. Object reference not set to an instance of an object." error when trying to change your host password, your DNN version may be 7.0.2 or 7.0.3. See Unable to Change Host Password in DNN 7.0.2 and 7.0.3


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