Friday, November 30, 2012

DotNetNuke 7.0

DotNetNuke 7.0 Web CMS

My very early take on DNN 7 is that it looks SOLID.  The admin UI is updated, with some nice new features.

  • Customizable control panel with bookmarks to common functions
  • Ability to drag & drop module containers (in page edit mode)
  • Auto save built-in to the HTML editor
  • Overall improved performance
  • Mobile device redirection (responsive)
DNN 7.0 Control Panel

Things I'd still like to see:

Waiting for better URL rewriting -- without installing third party extensions.  Out-of-the-box page names are better than they used to be, but still room for optimization.

I'd also like to be able to search and install free extensions without leaving the UI (a la WordPress as an example).

Also, the Blog module (V5), is a bit erratic, this needs some fine-tuning to be a viable option.  It's close, but not quite there yet.

In Summary

When I have a tight deadline and need to turn up a Website ASAP, DNN is my "go to" CMS framework.  It's stable, scalable, and easy to use.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Journey Back In Time - Web Design 0.0

Just for kicks, I wanted to see if Wayback Machine had a snapshot of the first Website I worked on (Dec 1996).  Turns out they do, although the secondary pages aren't indexed.

Here's what it looked like.  Got to love the background pattern.  Note the "Made with Macromedia" badge.  Memories...

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