FunnelWeb is an Open Source ASP.NET MVC based Blog Engine. All you need to do is little configuration and you are all set with fully functional Awesome Blog of your own.

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Getting Started with FunnelWeb - ASP.NET MVC based Blog Engine

Recently I updated my blog and now it's running on the magic of FunnelWeb, an open source blog engine. Previously, I have worked few days to get the first run of my blog on the Internet -- setting up a Web Application + Database and the addition logic for adding comments functionality. It's not that I was not aware of any blog engine earlier. At that time, I knew, things like Dasblog, Subtext and many others exists but it was ASP.NET MVC that attracted me to do my Blog. So I started doing blog using MVC and way back then I was not aware that something like FunnelWeb exists.

Was pretty happy the way things were working and never thought of upgrading blog. But then one day, I searched my blog in Google and it gives me a Bad Bad message! - "This site may harm your computer.". And I said What, When and How did that happen. There are many reasons that could happen. I did what I could and Yes, after trying things with Google Webmaster and this upgrade, the error message is gone and I am happy :), What a Relief!!

That all gave a new birth to the blog and it is now Powered by FunnelWeb. It only took me a few hours to get it up and running and migrate all the previous posts.

  • From the official website downloaded the latest stable release (.zip).

  • Extract the zip to a folder and you are 20% done :).

  • First things first, FunnelWeb requires you to have a Sql Server database instance(Standard or Compact Edition). This is required to execute database scripts required for storing blog related information.

  • If you meet this pre-requisite, you may proceed to update the My.config (rename my.config.sample to my.config if required) configuration file. The file is to be updated with Database connection string, FunnelWeb Administration panel login username and password.

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
    <funnelweb xmlns:xsi="" xmlns:xsd="">
    <setting key="funnelweb.configuration.database.connection" value="initial catalog=[Database name];server=[Server Instance name];user id=[Username];password=[Password];" />
    <setting key="funnelweb.configuration.database.schema" value="dbo" />
    <setting key="funnelweb.configuration.authentication.username" value="[Login User]" />
    <setting key="funnelweb.configuration.authentication.password" value="[Password]" />
    <setting key="funnelweb.configuration.database.provider" value="sql" />

  • You are now all set now to host the application in IIS. To do this, Create a new folder in wwwroot folder and name it say "TestingFunnelWeb". Now copy all the files of FunnelWeb application to this new folder. Additionally if you don't already have an App_Data folder in there, go ahead and create it and give the ASPNET user account ([UserName]\IIS_IUSRS) Read/Write access to this folder to get it working right.

Funnel Webapp copy to IIS

  • After doing this, Open the website and you are 80% done. Don't worry if you are already thinking about the design and CSS issues. It should look like this

Admin Login Page

  • If everything is set up correctly in the my.config file and a connection to the Sql instance is established successfully, scroll down to see an "Upgrade" button. If the connection string is not working, update it and try again (Note that the database must be created in the Sql server before doing this) Click on this button will execute the set of database scripts required for FunnelWeb to work.

Upgrade - FunnelWeb

  • After executing the scripts it says Woohoo! and Yes!, the blog is set. Create a new post using the New Post link. This is how i got started quickly setting up my blog. Hopefully you will too :)
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Posted by: Dinesh Singh Malik
Last revised: 23 Aug, 2012 09:10 PM History


Maryann Murphy
Maryann Murphy
24 Sep, 2012 03:06 AM

Happen to be trying to find this and learned much more than anticipated in this article. Thanks.

30 May, 2013 04:03 PM

I've just started using FunnelWeb for a client's blog website and I've got to say - I found your guide more informative than the official Getting Started guide on the FunnelWeb HQ website.

I have just one question - what is the purpose/reason behind;

  1. Create the App_Data directory (what is it used by FunnelWeb for?)
  2. Giving read/write access to it

I'm currently having problems with themes but only once uploaded to my web host provider, running from Visual Studio and in my local IIS it's fine.

28 Jun, 2013 10:39 AM

Hi Dinesh,

Thanks for sharing this information! Let me "pay it forward" by adding a few steps that I had to take to make my funnel web instance running.

  1. Latest source code is now at this location on GitHub
  2. build.bat did not work for me for some reason. I opened the FunnelWeb solution in visual studio instead and issues a build from there. NuGet got me the missing packages while building
  3. I then copied the contents of the FunnelWeb.Web project to my IIS virtual directory. The point to note is that it must be either a site root or application under IIS.
  4. After copying, I had to modify the My.Config again

I now have a working copy on my system and hope to replicate this to the public internet soon. Thanks for the inspiration once again!

12 Dec, 2013 01:14 PM


I'm creating blog and follow your steps but i'm getting following error

It is an error to use a section registered as allowDefinition='MachineToApplication' beyond application level. This error can be caused by a virtual directory not being configured as an application in IIS.


Line 17: Line 18:

can you help me to solve this? Thanks.

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