DotNetNuke Tips & Tricks

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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Monday, May 4, 2009 by Cuong Dang

Day of DotNetNuke® is Getting Closer

Filed under: Elsewhere

DotNetNuke® has gained some great momentum over the past few years. But is it because I’ve been working with it for so long and being bias? Well, I don’t know but truth to be told, not many of my friends (who are also working in similar industry) or people that I’ve talked to know about it. Whether you’ve heard about it or not, Day of DotNetNuke® is a great opportunity to explore the project and meet some of the greatest minds in the community. Day of DotNetNuke® is a one-day event that is or...

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Friday, May 1, 2009 by Cuong Dang

List of Grid Design Resource for Building DotNetNuke Web Sites

Filed under: Elsewhere, Skinning

Designing with grid has been around for decades and applied through various traditional design mediums. But in recent years, the trend to use this technique on the web has become quite popular since many influential web designers took the initiative to introduce it to the world. Among those is Khoi Vinh, a Creative Director for The New Yorks Times Online, and Mark Boulton, a well-know author for publishing his series of his approach in grid design. Many people have discussed the benefits o...

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Thursday, April 30, 2009 by Cuong Dang

Browser Compatibility Testing

Filed under: Elsewhere

One of the reasons we all (hopefully, all of us who design web sites) do cross-browser testing is to maintain the integrity of the design. This means that we make sure the site is running and displaying properly across browsers. However, some people may take it to an extreme level by pointing out the fact that their web sites do not look the same in all browsers. The reason for testing is to make sure it doesn’t break. We make sure that visitors can get to see and use all the functionality...

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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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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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