DotNetNuke Tips & Tricks

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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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

Filed under: Tips & Tricks

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

Filed under: Tips & Tricks

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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Thursday, November 20, 2008 by Cuong Dang

Improve Your Learning Curve with Great Plugins

Filed under: Elsewhere, Tips & Tricks

Smashing magazine has published "15 Helpful In-Browser Web Development Tools". Some of you might have already known or used them or a regular basis, the list shows a more complete picture if you haven't seen some items in there. I've been using some of the plugins for a while and when Rich sent over the link today, I thought I put it out so some newbie in DotNetNuke can find it useful. My favorite on the list: Firebug Web Developer Toolbar YSlow (I mentioned during my presenta...

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Saturday, November 8, 2008 by Ian Robinson

Signs Your DNN Module Development Skills Could Use Some Sharpening

Filed under: Module Development

While helping with the content for our DotNetNuke OpenForce Post Training Conference, I came up with a tongue-in-cheek (yet still kind of serious) listing of symptoms of a flawed DNN module development process. Recognize any of these? Your latest DNN module utilizes in-line CSS like it was going out of style. You frequently need to release new versions due to changes that consist solely of updates to hard coded strings in your code-behind. Every time you implement your modules a...

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