Installing NopCommerce on Plesk with Godaddy

What is nopCommerce

nopCommerce is an .NET framework based open source ecommerce platform that allows developers and website administrators to install and deploy e-commerce solution on their servers. It is fully customizable using Admin backend with settings and reports. nopCommerce is developed using ASP.NET 4.5 (MVC 5) for front-end with MS SQL 2008 (or higher) backend database.

nopCommerce Features
  • Fully customizable open source platform
  • Product catalog
  • Mobile commerce
  • Multi-store using a single installaton
  • Multi-vendor
  • SEO
  • Checkout
  • Marketing
    Payment methods
  • Shipping features
  • Tax features
  • Customer service
  • Product features include custom product attributes, product comparison, stock management, price management, product download, product reviews and ratings, Rental products, Recurring Products, Product tags, RMA (return management), Supports multiple images per product, Featured products, sale products or new products, Disable buy buttons for specific products, Related product and cross-sells, "Email a friend" feature, Catalog mode (based on customer role), Bundle (e.g. Build your own computer) and grouped products, Conditional product attributes, Product specifications (e.g. processor, memory, graphic card), Security. ACL (access control list) on products, categories, and manufacturers, Products can require that other products are added to the cart (Product X requires Product Y), Real-time currency exchange rates (ECB), Configurable measure weights and dimensions,
    Import and export, Bulk editing, and more.  
nopCommerce is a free open source e-commerce application. Get more information about nopCommerce from

Download the nopCommerce 3.70 source code from

  • Basic knowledge of nopCommerce
  • Basic knowledge of using FileZilla and Godaddy Control Panel.

Creating nopCommerce application in Godaddy plesk panel

Login to your Godaday account. Navigate to your Mange Host control panel, by using the quick link. In my case, I have purchased the economy plan with one MS SQL database. Let's start by creating a database.

 Click database from control panel, as show in the image below. The database dashboard will open. 
 Click on Add New Database.
 Give the database name and chose the server type as MS SQL server. Create credentials to access the database. Check the database status in the database dashboard.
 Extract the downloaded nopCommerce 3.70 and transfer the file to the Server, using FileZilla.

Once the file transfer is completed, go to your web hosting control panel and click on File Manager. If needed, you can rename the folder. Click on the web.config file and change the custom error mode to “off “, so that we can get the details of the exception that occurs while opening the site in browser.


Go back to your control panel and click on Host Setting. A new window will open.

 Change the document's root path to recently added nopCommerce application directory. 

Now, let's start running the website. Click open in control panel, or directly give your domain name that's set for this web hosting.

 Well, there is a permission issue which can be easily rid outremoved by the following steps:

Step 1: Change the ASP.NET Settings.

Set the CAS trust level to Full, as shown in the following figures.


Step 2: Update the web.config file.

Open the web.config in the text editor which is provided by GoDaddy. Add the following code in web.config file and save it.

  1. <system.web>  
  2. <trust level=”Full”/>  
  3. </system.web>  
  4. </configuration>  

That’s it. Now, open the site, complete the installation, and enjoy the nopCommerce e-commerce solution application.

Note:Update the custom error mode to remote only in web config file once the installation is completed successfully.
I hope you have enjoyed this article. Your valuable feedback, questions, or comments about this article are always welcomed.

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