To install from Visual Studio, select Tools > Extensions and Updates.
In the extensions window, select Online, and type episerver in the search box.
Select Episerver CMS Visual Studio Extension and click Download (or Update if already installed).
Restart Visual Studio.
The Episerver NuGet feed source http://nuget.episerver.com/feed/packages.svc/ added to your Visual Studio. Needed to add Commerce, Find and other add-ons to your solution, and to upgrade your project with the latest. See Installing Episerver updates on how to add a NuGet feed.
Note: You can order a time-limited demo license for evaluation purposes, see Episerver License Center. (A license is not required when using IIS Express.) You need a commercial Episerver license for testing and production environments.
Install an Episerver CMS website, empty or with the "Alloy" sample templates (MVC/Web Forms).
Select Templates >Visual C# >Episerver >Episerver Web Site and provide a name. Click OK.
Select Alloy (MVC/WebForms) to create a site with sample content, or Empty for a site without templates.
Select a search option:
For an Alloy site, select Episerver Find, or Episerver Search to use the built-in basic search.
For an empty site, the Configure Search option is disabled, and no search will be installed. You can add Episerver Find or Episerver Search later if desired.
The project is created. When finalized, build and open the website in a browser.
Log in to the site:
For an empty site, add /episerver to the site URL, and log in using your Windows credentials.
For Alloy MVC, you will be prompted to create an administrator account (site is using ASP.NET Identity). Provide the account credentials, click Register and you will be logged in.
For Alloy WebForms, select the Log in link at the bottom of the start page, and log in using your Windows credentials. Note that you must be local admin on the server you are running Episerver on. If not, create a new local user with admin rights under Control panel > Local Users and Groups, and log in using that account.
When prompted, log in using the default credentials admin/store (remember to change these later).
If you see a screen of migration steps, click Execute all pending steps.
Verify that you can access the edit and admin views using http://localhost:nnnnn/episerver/cms.
If you have difficulty accessing Commerce Manager from edit view:
Right-click the project in Visual Studio.
Select Set as StartUp Project.
Start the Commerce Manager site and log in.
Make the front-end project the start-up project again.
For information about adding Find to your Episerver website, see Creating your project in the Get started with Find section.
Episerver Commerce-Find integration
This integration adds specific functionality when using Find with Episerver Commerce. If you want to install this on your website, the Find content indexing job needs to be run on the site after the EPiServer.Find.Commerce package is installed. See Episerver Commerce-Find integration.
Installing other add-ons
You can extend Episerver through add-ons available for a wide selection of areas, as examples: analytics, search optimization, and marketing automation. Most add-ons are installed as NuGet packages, but other options exist. See Episerver add-ons and Installing add-ons.
Note: If you want to install CMO on a new project with the latest version of CMS, start by installing an Episerver 7.5 site with CMO 7.5 using Deployment Center, then gradually upgrade to the latest CMS and CMO versions by installing and upgrading NuGet packages in Visual Studio. When upgrading from CMS 7.5 to CMS 8, follow the instructions in Upgrading CMO with CMS 8 to move the CMO resources from the old location to a new location under the /modules/_protected folder.