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Mitchel Sellers, CEO IowaComputerGurus Inc. Essential Third-Party DNN Modules. About Mitchel. Active in the DotNetNuke eco system for about 3 years Active in the .NET world since inception Author of Professional DotNetNuke Module Programming Documents Module Team lead

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Mitchel sellers ceo iowacomputergurus inc

Mitchel Sellers, CEO

IowaComputerGurus Inc.

Essential Third-Party DNN Modules


About mitchel

About Mitchel

  • Active in the DotNetNuke eco system for about 3 years

  • Active in the .NET world since inception

  • Author of Professional DotNetNuke Module Programming

  • Documents Module Team lead

  • CEO of IowaComputerGurus Inc.


Agenda

Agenda

  • DNN Module Distribution Channels

  • Why Third-Party?

  • Source or No Source

  • Recommended Modules

    • Forum

    • FriendlyUrlProviders

    • Blogging

    • Content Management

    • Skin Objects

    • Registration


Dotnetnuke module distribution channels

DotNetNuke Module Distribution Channels

  • Snowcovered.com

    • Long standing channel

    • Largest selection

  • DotNetNuke Marketplace

    • Managed by DotNetNuke Corporation

    • Newer distribution channel

  • Direct purchase

    • Becoming more favorable channel for some developers


Why third party

Why Third Party?

  • Product Support

    • Dedicated development teams

    • Scheduled releases

    • Support

  • Product Development

    • With funding, typically features and fixes are introduced faster

  • Without Third-Party DNN Wouldn’t Be As Viable


Source or no source

Source or No-Source

  • Often debated

  • Decision is a balance of risks

    • Risk that the developer goes out of business

    • Risk that severe security or customization need exists

  • Can be requirement for security audit


Module recommendations

Module Recommendations

  • Basis of Recommendation

  • Evaluation Criteria

  • Statement of Intentions/Affiliation

    • IowaComputerGurus Inc. Products are my own

    • No other interests in recommended products

    • Referral links exist for some, available from my site


Forum module recommendation

Forum Module Recommendation

  • Active Forums

    • Stable

    • Well Featured

    • Easy to use

    • Easy to customize

    • Great support

  • Purchase Channels


Active forums examples

Active Forums Examples


Friendly url provider url management

Friendly Url Provider/Url Management

  • Ifinity UrlMaster or Friendly Url Provider

    • http://www.ifinity.com.au for details

  • UrlMaster

    • More advanced functionality

    • Control over 301 redirects management UI

  • Friendly UrlProvider

    • Manual configuration/installation

    • Free

  • Examples

    • Before: http://www.site.com/Community/Blogs/tabid/825/Default.aspx

    • After: http://www.site.com/Community/Blogs.aspx

  • Benefits

  • Purchase channels


Blogging news display

Blogging/News Display

  • Ventrian News Articles http://www.ventrian.com

  • Why I use it

    • Multiple bloggers, single blog

  • Fully template driven display to users

  • Can be used for other uses

  • Purchase direct from Ventrian


News articles examples

News Articles Examples


Expandable text html

Expandable Text/HTML

  • Expandable Text/HTML – http://www.iowacomputergurus.com

  • Free module

  • Template driven design

  • Can be used to facilitate multiple display functions

    • FAQ

    • Condense Content

    • Version History

  • Downloading


Expandable text html examples

Expandable Text/HTML Examples


Skin objects menus

Skin Objects (Menus)

  • Snapsis CSS NavMenu – Snapsis.com

  • Telerik RadMenu – telerik.com

  • Why not DNN Menu?

    • Performance

    • Rendering

    • Ease of use

  • Which one is for me?


Menu components cont

Menu Components (Cont.)

  • Snapsis

    • Can be used in packaged skin, just must sell for 49.99 or more

    • Low cost

  • Telerik

    • More for custom, single built skins

    • High cost (part of the RadControls package)

    • Other benefits usage if developer


Menu examples

Menu Examples


Datasprings dynamic registration

DataSprings Dynamic Registration

  • Purpose

  • Benefits

    • Full control over registration process

    • Full profile on registration, without duplicate information

    • Additional actions taken before/after

    • Flexible

  • Purchase – All Major channels


Parting notes

Parting Notes

  • Small sampling

  • Many other valid options exist

  • Questions?


Urls and things to remember

Urls and Things to Remember

  • My Blog – http://www.mitchelsellers.com

  • Active Forums – http://www.activemodules.com

  • Ifinity UrlMaster/Friendly Url Provider – http://www.ifinity.com.au

  • Ventrian Modules – http://www.ventrian.com

  • IowaComputerGurus – http://www.iowacomputergurus.com

  • Snapsis – http://www.snapsis.com

  • Telerik – http://www.telerik.com

  • DataSprings – http://www.datasprings.com


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