DotNetNuke Tips & Tricks


Tips & Tricks

Monday, August 31, 2009 by dnnGallery

How-to: Change Contact E-mail from Terms and Privacy Page

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When you're using terms and privacy skinobject for your web site, it will pull in the web administrator e-mail address to display as part of a way for visitors to communicate with a site's webmaster. If you are like me, just wanted to add something real quick and move on, you'll more likely to come back in the future when the project is done and find a way to correct it. Well, remember during the process of installing DotNetNuke or creating a new portal for your project, you are asked to prov...

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009 by Cuong Dang

UnloadCSS to the Rescue

Filed under: Tips & Tricks, Skinning

Recently I had an opportunity to play with UnloadCSS skinobject from Timo Breumelhof. What a nifty little tool to use for your front-end performance optimization. I wrote an article a while back about cleaning up your default.css from the framework (or just get rid of it). There are many unnecessary CSS files get loaded within the framework (not to mention some not-so-good practices in CSS coding techniques within these files) that a web designer wants to take control of. Default.css is one of ...

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Thursday, March 26, 2009 by Cuong Dang

Developer Quick Tip: the BR Element Explained

Filed under: Tips & Tricks, Module Development

As many of you may know, I work closely with the development team at Engage on various projects. One of the most common mistakes I’ve seen is that developers use <br /> (BR) to create padding between elements. Sometimes, I see big chuck of BR element being used across just to create a larger padding between their elements. This isn’t new to many developers; I often see it in many commercial modules we bought as well. If you find yourself doing this religiously and not know what it means ...

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009 by Cuong Dang

A Cleaner CSS file for DotNetNuke Framework

Filed under: Tips & Tricks, Skinning

Often I see people asking about how to design a web site and implement it using DotNetNuke framework while maintaining the integrity of the design. The answer I have is to start with a cleaner CSS file. As we know the team at DotNetNuke has their reasons for keeping the default.css file intact, it does not mean that it prevents you from making changes to the file yourself. I always start with a project using my very own version of this file. Since the last release of version 4.x, I cleaned up ...

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Thursday, December 11, 2008 by Ian Robinson

"Improving the Secured File UX" Part Two

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In Improving the Secured File Download UX for Unauthenticated Users I elaborated on a workaround hack to display a friendly error message and redirect to the login page when trying to access a file that had been through DotNetNuke's file ticket system. If you're in a situation where that solution makes sense for you - great. But what about future releases of the application? Should this functionality exist within the framework itself? Is it too trivial? Does it make sense for everyone that uses...

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Friday, December 5, 2008 by Ian Robinson

Improving the Secured File Download UX for Unauthenticated Users

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DotNetNuke has extensive security features. One of which is enforcing role based permissions when accessing files. The general workflow is to say that "Registered Users" get to see a particular file, you then create a link to that file using DNN, and as a matter of course, the roles are enforced. This uses what's known as a file ticket to request the file, so that it is not linked to directly. This is great if you are only providing those links to currently authenticated users. However, if you ...

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