DotNetNuke Usernames and Passwords - Change Passwords

DNN Host and Admin Accounts, Their Default Passwords and How to Change Them.

By default, DotNetNuke is installed with two accounts: host and admin. The host account is responsible for the hosting environment. It can be used to add portals, 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. 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 Account:
Username: host
Password: dnnhost

For the Admin Account

Username: admin
Password: dnnadmin

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

Change the Default Passwords
  1. Click on the Login button in the upper right of the website
  2. Log in with host / dnnhost as the username and password
  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 ***
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. See Unable to Change Host Password in DNN 7.0.2.


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