After extracting the ZIP file to your desktop you'll see one of two folders based on the license type you purchased.
InstantForum Developer License
InstantForum Developer License customers will see a InstantForum2013DEV folder containing the following files…
InstantForum End User License
InstantForum.NET End User License customers will see a InstantForum2010EUL folder containing the following files…
Copying the Files for local development within Visual Studio
With InstantForum 2013 there is no longer a dependency on IIS. You can open the InstantForum Visual Studio solution file from any location on your computer.
For local development we would suggest the following folder structure...
c:\inetpub\wwwroot\InstantASP.Common <-- common source code only provided with developer license
c:\inetpub\wwwroot\InstantASP.InstantForum <-- forum specific source code
c:\inetpub\wwwroot\InstantForum2013 <-- the actual web application that should be uploaded to production - this should be marked as a IIS web application if you are using IIS for local development
c:\inetpub\wwwroot\InstantForum2013.sln <-- the Visual Studio solution file to load all projects and the web application in Visual Studio
Copying the Files directly to your shared hosting account or production server
If you don't intend to work with the InstantForum.NET Visual Studio solution locally on your computer you can skip this step and simply upload your files to a hosting environment. When uploading to a hosting environment you will only need to upload the "InstantForum2012" folder.
The other folders and solution file are only required for local development.
After extracting InstantForum you'll see 3 new folders and a single Visual Studio.NET solution file...
InsantASP.Common (Source Code)
This folder is only available with our developer license. This contains all the source code for our InstantASP.Common framework. There are 3 sub folders InstantASP.Common (contains the core InstantASP.Common business code), InstantASP.common.Data (contains the core data access code) & InstantASP.Common.UI (contains the core UI server controls).
InstantASP.InstantForum (Source Code)
This folder contains the source code for InstantForum.NET. There are 3 sub folders InstantASP.InstantForum (contains InstantForum business logic), InstantASP.InstantForum.Data (contains the InstantForum data provider) & InstantASP.InstantForum.UI (contains the code-behind for the various InstantForum skin controls)
InstantForum2013 (Web Site Files)
This folder contains all the web site files & folders. This is the folder you will need to copy into production or upload to your shared hosting provider. The source code folders are only required for local development when working with InstantForum.NET within Visual Studio. Upon compilation within Visual Studio the source code is compiled into the various assemblies within the InstantForum2013\Bin directory.
Visual Studio Solution (InstantForumDeveloper.sln / InstantForumEndUser.sln)
This file will depend on the license you purchased. To work with the Visual Studio.NET solution file copy all the folders listed above & this solution file into your web site root directly typically c:\inetpub\wwwroot\ . Ensure the InstantForum2013 folder is marked as a web application within IIS. You should then be able to double click the solution file to open all the required projects within Visual Studio. If your using Windows Vista / Windows 7 you will need to run Visual Studio in the context of an administrator.