Install, upgrade, and deploy
To start using Sitefinity CMS you must download it from Sitefinity CMS website and run the installer. Sitefinity CMS installs and opens the Sitefinity CMS Project Manager, which you use to start creating your project. When you start using Sitefinity CMS for the first time, the installation of your license is incorporated in the process of page creation and is guided by a wizard.
You can install Sitefinity CMS on your local machine, on the IIS, or, via FTP connection, on a remote server. You can also install your project locally and later deploy it to Windows Azure cloud services. Sitefinity CMS also supports different databases, such as Microsoft SQL Server, Express, and Azure, Oracle, and MySQL.
Before you install
Before you install Sitefinity CMS, you can get acquainted with our recommendations about the hosting settings, as well as consider how to optimize your system’s performance depending on your environment.
You use following deployment procedures to migrate a Sitefinity CMS project from your development machine to a production server. After the physical relocation of the application, all CMS functionality continues to operate. You do not need to install Sitefinity CMS on the server. You must only move the files of the project to the production server.
Upgrading Sitefinity CMS to the latest version is a semi-automatic procedure. Make sure you back up your database and projects before you upgrade.