Exporting an individual site


The following instructions will help admins and content managers export individual sites within a DNN portal. This is especially helpful when moving a finished site from a testing to a production instance. 

NOTE: An export can take time depending on the selected components and the size of the site.

ALSO NOTE: The export will fail if any files or folders utilize a forward slash in their name. These should be renamed prior to attempting an export. 


Requirements: SuperUser/Host access

1. Log in to your DNN portal with SuperUser/Host credentials. 

2. Go to Persona Bar > Settings > Import-Export.


2. Select the specific site to export from the site drop-down. 


3. Click on the Export Data button.


4. Configure the export settings as needed.


Field Description
Name A user-friendly name to refer to the export.
Include in Export The components to export.
Pages in Export The pages to export.
Include Deletions If enabled (On), Recycle Bin items are exported.
Note: These items are not imported into a Production installation.
Run Now If enabled (On), the process starts immediately.
Export Mode

Differential. Exports only the differences between the last export and the current state.

Full. Exports the selected components and pages fully.

Note: The first export is always a full export.

5. Click on the Begin Export button.

The following dialogue box will pop up:


6. You will be automatically brought to the queue section. Validate that the export has successfully finished by looking for the Completed status:


NOTE: The export will be found in the App_Data/ExportImport folder of your DNN installation.

The Jobs are stored in the ExportImportJobs table and the Logs for each job are stored in the ExportImportJobLogs table:

  • Level 0 logs are for every event in the process.
  • Level 1 logs are for general information such as totals, sizes.
  • Level 2 logs are for warnings such as pages skipped.
  • Level 3 logs are for errors and exceptions.



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