To ease installation the first time you launch Plato within your web browser you will be presented with the web based set-up screen. This screen allows you to name your installation, provide a database connection string and set-up your default Plato administrator account.
You can see the web based set-up screen for Plato below. You will always see this screen the first time you launch your Plato site.
An explanation of each field presented on the set-up page is provided below.
This is the name that will appear in the top left of all your Plato pages and within all emails generated by your Plato installation.
The database connection string is critical to ensure your Plato set-up is successful.
To allow you to host multiple instances of Plato within a single SQL Server database Plato will add a unique table prefix you specify during set-up to any database tables or stored procedures created during set-up and going forward for your Plato installation. If this is the first time your installing Plato you can leave this value as default.
During set-up you can provide a username, email address and password for the default administrator account. This is the account you will use after you've completed the set-up process to login to Plato and further configure Plato via the dashboard.
IMPORTANT The default administrator account password must contain at least 1 special character and a combination of uppercase and lowercase characters with at least 1 digit.
After completing the set-up process you will be presented with a minimal installation of Plato with only the core modules installed. From the default homepage you can now login using the administrator account you configured during set-up.
You can see the default Plato homepage after completing set-up below. Notice the homepage is very minimal after a fresh installation. You will need to login and configure the features you want to enable to add real functionality to Plato.