Introduction to DotNetNuke
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by Rajdeep Mukherjee
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Features and Benefits

·         Installation and hosting are simple in DotNetNuke. Most of the hosting providers provide automated installation of DotNetNuke directly from the hosting control panel.

·         DotNetNuke ensures hierarchical navigation and management.

·         DotNetNuke provides great extensibility and scalability (can be used for implementing smallest websites to large web applications).

·         Simple Licensing Policy- DotNetNuke can be adapted for personal or corporate use without any issues.

·         Multiple database support. DotNetNuke runs across various database platforms.

·         DotNetNuke uses a database to save its contents and hence, updating of website can be done at a very fast pace.

·         DotNetNuke is highly customizable in terms of modifying the basic style-sheet elements and at all levels. The content can be managed well even with the change of skin and module containers.

·         DotNetNuke enables developing web pages with search engine friendly URL's for any type of content based web site, using its built in modules.

·         DotNetNuke supports localization and allows users across the globe to use it effectively through its localization features. Almost 50 installable language packs are currently available.

·         The user interface in DotNetNuke is very simple and easy-to-use; it helps users to manage their projects with user-friendly icons, wizards, etc.

·         DotNetNuke has appropriate security in place in terms of encryption, defect tracking and validations, etc.

·         DotNetNuke applications provide built in logging and error reporting features that are very manageable and reliable.

·         DotNetNuke provides excellent file uploading feature to its administrators by virtue of which they can upload any file directly from their desktop to the site.

·         Administrative activities and management are segregated between host and individual portal levels in DotNetNuke.

·         DotNetNuke supports multiple portals from single installation. Managing several different sites from an administrative perspective is pretty easy with DotNetNuke via a single hosting account.

·         DNN site administrators can login to the site and can manage the settings (add, modify or delete) for their own portal. However, they will not have any access to login to other portals that belong to the same host.

·         DNN site host login allows users to administer settings of site hosting and e-commerce. The host can access all the hosted portals with all the individual information, and also can perform edit, modify and delete operations for any particular portal.

·         DotNetNuke administrators have the ability to grant special privileges to User Groups. They can define the rights and privileges of the users for the entire portal or for any particular page. Assigning groups to the users is also possible by the DNN administrator and a single user can also be a member of many user groups. Accordingly, access and editing rights can be granted to these users for accessing various secured locations in the site.  

·         DotNetNuke clearly segregates the graphics portion (skin) of any web page with the text part (content). This helps in modifying the graphics part of the web page without affecting the text and vice versa.

·         DotNetNuke uses “modules” to add any content to a website. There are many modules that come free with DotNetNuke. Modules are also available for purchase from the web.

·         When a module is inserted in a web page, specific graphics (containers) can be selected that should be displayed around the module. The skins normally come with a selection of containers which suit the design of the skin. This exhibits immense flexibility and allows the user to define the look of the content.

·         DotNetNuke modules can be written as web services and made exposed to the consumers on the web.

·         DotNetNuke is well supported by its core group of programmers, its users, its dedicated community and several organizations who are practicing this development, assuring readily available support to its followers.


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User Comments

Title: OLD   
Name: DNN USER
Date: 2007-08-16 1:32:16 PM
Comment:
Nothing is new in this article. Please stop wasting time on old softwares that most of us already know. Not sure why Rajna and Ravi are impressed with this article.
Title: Very Informative   
Name: Rajna P Doran
Date: 2007-08-16 6:14:42 AM
Comment:
The article is very informative, contains summarized information about DotNetnuke and can be a good treat for beginners to this new technology. This article should not be confused as a promotional article for Dotnetnuke as commented by some other readers, neither it is meant for
developers already knowing the basic concepts of this technology, and can only be treated as a bag of useful, introductory information on this new technology, ideal in providing an overview of its concepts and features. Looking forward to similar articles on latest technologies.
Title: Ravi   
Name: Ravi
Date: 2007-08-16 5:45:36 AM
Comment:
Excellent article, well organized. Keep it up!
Title: open source joke - links all go to pay for places   
Name: dnnster
Date: 2007-08-15 11:47:43 PM
Comment:
So much for open source - this information looks old and every link you have to pay for things. Some of these words look copied from sites. why is nothing sent to the free resources that are around to help promote dotnetnuke. this article looks like a 'pay for comment' article. thumbs down here
Title: Installation   
Name: TheDoctorGp
Date: 2007-08-14 8:02:11 AM
Comment:
All speake about but no one tell how install.

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