DotNetNuke Tips & Tricks

UI and UX

Thursday, October 6, 2011 by Cuong Dang

Addressing Positioning and Z-index Issue in DotNetNuke 6.0

Filed under: Tips & Tricks, UI and UX

Since the release of DotNetNuke 6.0, there have been quite a few conversations regarding z-index issues around navigation and the content area within a page. If you look closely in the overhaul process of DotNetNuke user interface, it's incorporated jQuery UI as the core enhancements in most of the controls. Image source: Smashing Magazine The framework also specified the z-index values (in default.css) mostly to control the positioning and calculation of the new module actions menu height a...

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Monday, July 18, 2011 by Cuong Dang

Brief Overview of DotNetNuke 6.0 UI Changes

Filed under: Elsewhere, UI and UX, DotNetNuke

Over the years I have been a strong web standards advocate and implemented most of my projects using its foundations. Since I joined DotNetNuke Corp. in mid-March, I was lucky to be part of the transformation of the administrative user interface (UI) to a modern standard. This effort brings many benefits to the platform for both business and end-users. If you are not familiar with many benefits web standards have to offer, I suggest reading a few helpful posts by the folks at Web Standards Proj...

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Thursday, November 19, 2009 by Cuong Dang

Panes Preview Improved in DotNetNuke 5.2

Filed under: UI and UX

Although this is still in the works, DotNetNuke 5.2 beta has a minor improvement in panes preview functionality. When the core team decided to remove the borders around panes when a user logged in with edit right, the replacement for visual cue is a simple animation shows a pane preview with borders surrounding it. However, the animation was implemented in a way that it goes too fast and users can hardly notices. This animation is slowed down dramatically in version 5.2 so you can have a prope...

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Thursday, November 5, 2009 by Ian Robinson

User Experience in DotNetNuke Presentation: What to Expect

Filed under: UI and UX

Dang and I are doing a presentation next week at Open Force entitled “UX in DotNetNuke: Designing Your Applications the Right Way.” One of the challenges we face as presenters is making sure we attract the right people and set their expectations appropriately as to what the actual content of the presentation will be. While our title and description are accurate, it may be helpful to go into more detail. To start, here is our presentation description, as appears on the Open Force 2009 web site: ...

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Thursday, March 26, 2009 by Cuong Dang

Usability Review: Links in DotNetNuke

Filed under: UI and UX

Many web visitors know what a link does on a web page. For web developers and designers, links can perform certain actions in different context; however, it still is going to look like a link to end-users. Pre-defining the CSS selectors (doing the designer's job) on certain links in DotNetNuke framework or any CMS for that matter is not necessary. Sometimes it can cause some additional work for others. In DotNetNuke, there are CSS selectors called SkinObject and CommandButton. These two selecto...

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009 by Cuong Dang

Good Usability or Just Common Sense?

Filed under: Module Development, UI and UX

Rating is something that I have never seen anybody in DotNetNuke community has done it right. It might sounds pretty extreme, but if you have seen something that provide values as what I am going to discuss in this blog, please feel free to direct me there. I sometimes run into modules (whether if it is free or commercial) that provide rating ability on articles or products in a way that is… somewhat useless to visitors. Things like five-star-rating is one of most common mistake I’ve seen aroun...

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