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DotNetNuke, Articles Module

Articles 4.2.0 Now Available

Version 4.2.0 of Efficion's Articles Module for DotNetNuke is now available. This release adds lots of features and fixes and sets the ground work for new improvements.

Key amoung the features are the new Comment Moderation features that let selected roles moderate comments before they go live. Another key change was reworking the architecture so that list templates can use Repeaters instead of just DataLists which will enable us to better make use of jQuery effects and much more. Look for new templates coming soon to show off our new capabilities.


New Mega-Menu for LLCC

Image: New Mega-Menu for LLCC

Lincoln Land Community College had a particularly complex navigation system that had to display lots of options and be populated from a file rather than the traditional DNN Navigation Provider. Efficion designed and implemented a custom Mega-Menu to meet LLCC's unique needs.


In addition, we helped them with a variety of their other more difficult challenges in implementing their skin.

DotNetNuke, Blog

DotNetNuke: Improving Paste From Word in the fckEditor

As most HTML aware folks know that when you paste content from Microsoft Word or Outlook for use as HTML, it includes all sorts of gobbledygook that clutters up your markup and overrides your CSS. Luckily, the fckEditor has a couple ways to handle this. If you're pasting from Word into the editor using IE, it pops up a dialog that gives you a chance to clean up the markup which is nice. If you're using Firefox you can achieve the same results by clicking on the special Paste from Word icon. But, there's an issue...

Articles Module

Articles 4.2.2 Released

Version 4.2.2 of the Articles Module is now available.

Featured Improvements:

  • Lots of improvements and fixes for Search and RSS (both DNN's global as well as Articles specific)
  • Search Engine Friendly URLs
  • Comment Moderation improvements
  • AddThis integration for Social Networking and Social Bookmarking

Learn More...

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Cleaning and Re-Indexing your DotNetNuke Search Tables

Last week, we put a lot of effort into improvements to the search and RSS aspects of Efficion's Articles module. As part of that, we noticed that no matter how many times you hit the Re-Index content link on the Host->Search Admin page, the links never actually get updated. As we dug further, it became clear that to update the links used by DNN's search and RSS, you actually have to purge the search tables.

This has implications beyond our module so I thought I'd share the steps as a good practice to do every once in awhile on your DNN site to make sure you Search Results and RSS Feeds are linking properly.


Tableless Banners in DotNetNuke

A quick conversion of the DNN Banners Module to Tableless Display

We've been working on our first site that really makes heavy use of DotNetNuke's Banners module for displaying revenue generating ads. Today I was trying to get the banners module to work for a Newsletter piece (more on that later) of the site that has a very tight layout but the way Banners is implemented didn't allow me to do what I needed. Currently, the banners module renders banners in a table and the only way to add spacing between banners is by setting cellpadding and/or cellspacing. We needed a solution where we could ad space between the banners without adding space on the sides of the banners. This wasn't possible with the current implemenation (other than by adding whitespace to the banner images which we didn't feel was a good solution) so we needed another solution.

I could have gone in and made a couple quick changes to the banners module to get it to do what I needed but then, we would've have had to reapply the changes every time we upgraded the site.

Instead, I spent about 10 minutes creating a new module based on the existing banners module. Luckily, DNN makes this easy.

The change to the code is the easy part (though really it was all very easy). I just changed the RepeatLayout attribute for the DataList to "Flow" instead of the default "Table" and then added a class to the label within which the banner is implemented.

The more involved process was copying and renaming the files and class. In all though, it took less then 10 minutes to think up and implement this solution.

Articles Module

Articles 4.2.3 Released

This version of Articles focuses on localization improvements, bug fixes for couple obscure issues, and improved XHTML compliance. Read More...

Donna Gonzalez

Image: Donna Gonzalez I just wanted to let you know what a fantastic job you did in getting the NAEDA web site and eNewsletter launched last week. They both look and function great. Your responsiveness to all the last minute requests and troubleshooting was excellent! You guys are the best!
DotNetNuke, Articles Module

Articles 4.2.4 Released

This release includes a great new feature that makes it easy to create articles from external RSS Feeds. If you've ever wanted to pick and choose favorite articles from other sites and let people discuss them on your site, now you can!

In addition, we fixed several fringe bugs and made other underlying enhancements. View full release notes.
Articles Module

Issues with Articles under DNN 5.5.0

We've discovered one error with Articles and one bug with Categories that will affect people running Efficion's Articles/Categories modules under DNN 5.5.0.

1.) A change to DNN's data model in 5.5.0, is causing the Articles module to throw an error when an admin tries to access the Article Settings. We are working on a new release that will handle this bug but If this bug is impacting you, please contact us for an easy fix you can run. More Detail...

2.) The categories module was apparently not building it's clickable links correctly. This issue only became a problem under DNN 5.5.0. Version 3.2.1 of the categories module is now available and fixes this issue.
DotNetNuke, Articles Module

Articles 4.2.5 Released

This release includes several fixes for incompatibilities introduced by DotNetNuke 5.5.x

SQL Function to Parse First Name from Full Name

Ever needed to get a users first name out of a SQL table or field where only the full name was collected? We've create a SQL Function that does a pretty good job of this.

This is partially based on a script provided by JosephStyons in this thread on Stack Overflow. Joseph's script parses the name into Title, First, Middle, and Last. For my purposes, I only needed the first name and so was able to simplify the script and breaking it out into a function makes it easy for us to reuse in a variety of places. Read More...
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DotNetNuke: Improving the tracking and reporting of Ad Views and Clicks - Part I

Adding the time dimension

This is the first in what we plan on being a 3 part series on improving the tracking and reporting of Ad viewership and clickthroughs within DNN.

Overall, DotNetNuke'sBanner / Ad / Vendor implementation is a nice solution. It does a great job of serving up the appropriate ads based on a nice variety of options. But there's been very little change to the implementation over the last few years and we've found some areas of needed improvement. Efficion is hoping to contribute new features and improvements to these modules based on work we've done to bring it up to the next level.

One of the biggest weaknesses we found was it's reporting capabilities. It's easy enough for us to create reports for our clients (we'll be covering that in Part II of this series) but in this case, we didn't have the data we needed.

Our client wanted to be able to provided statistics on the views and clicks of their ads for a given time period (i.e. September 2010). The problem is, DNN only stores the total number of clicks and views for a given ad. There's no associated time period with those numbers.

So, we need to start storing clicks and views in a way that is time oriented. After some thought on this we decided that we should really accumulate the numbers on daily basis for each ad. Daily seems to be the standard in the analytics world and provides enough granularity to get the time frame you want while also not collecting data at too granular a level.

Daily totals will make it easy to create reports that show totals for a given period or to create trend charts for a particular ad or all ads over a given time period.

Articles Module

Articles 4.2.6 Released

Fixes an issue in 4.2.5 that affects people with a special objectqualifier or databaseowner specified.
DotNetNuke, Blog

Styling the DotNetNuke Form and List module

Image: Styling the DotNetNuke Form and List module

The are lots of very powerful forms modules available for DotNetNuke, but many of them seem like overkill for what we are usually looking for. The Form and List module often meets our functional needs when we are looking for a simple form module but in the past, I was disappointed with the look of the forms it produced.

The Form and List team, (mostly Stefan Cullmann), has done a nice job of adding features to improve the styling options. In particular, I like the ability to use CSS and Separators/Fieldsets for form layout.

Stefan wrote a brief blog showing how he styled the Feedback Form on the site. We used that as our starting point for a membership form we created and found we needed some additional tweaking to get the form looking just right...

Articles Module

Articles 4.2.7 Released

This version fixes a couple errors that were appearing during install for some people (but shouldn't have affected module functionality). It also fixes an issue with Showing Expired articles and add a couple new templates.

 View Full Release Notes

Blog, Business, E-Commerce

E-Commerce Discussion Points

Questions to ask before starting an E-Commerce project or online store

The perceived project size is just the tip of the icebergFar too often, clients and developers vastly underestimate the complexity involved for their simple online store or E-Commerce project. It might seem basic: show some products/services, add them to a cart, make payment, & ship... The reality however is often much more involved. Options, discounts, gifts, shipping options, referrals, and more combine together in a way that the complexity can quickly grow exponentially. With this complexity, custom-built solutions or online stores built by individuals prove inadequate or get so convoluted as features are added they become impossible to administer, maintain, and update.

Sometimes a few PayPal buttons or a basic shopping cart will meet your needs. But usually, you really need a really well-architected solution that has an active and strong development team behind it, a nice array of features, and an extensible architecture that will allow it to grow to meet the needs of the customer. Fortunately, the are some really great open-source E-Commerce solutions(Magento and NOPCommerce are two of our favorites) and affordable commercial E-Commerce offerings (AbleCommerce is our current favorite) available.

The key, is making sure that early in the process, you are properly anticipating the current and future needs of the client. This article lays out the list of que Read More... DotNetNuke, Blog

Giving your IIS Worker processes a proper identity

For debugging and troubleshooting performance issues As part of hosting of DotNetNuke sites, I often take a look at the processor and memory usage of the various processes running on our servers using Task Manager. Prior to recent changes though, I didn't really have any way to really know which of my sites was really having the biggest impact as all I could really see was a list of the worker processes (w3wp.exe) associated with the app pools. The UserName for each w3wp.exe process was Network Service. I did notice that one of the worker processes, averaged around 14% of the overall utilization while most of them averaged 0% percent with an occasional bump up to 1% or 2%. I figured this must have been one of the busier sites we hosted. I was wrong... Read More...
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Setting up SmarterStats against a multi-portal DotNetNuke installation

Image: Setting up SmarterStats against a multi-portal DotNetNuke installation Log Based Analytics provide a new perspective

We use Google Analytics extensively for tracking and analyzing website statistics. It does a great job of providing really useful information in a way that anyone can understand. Plus, its very easy to setup and has the power to let advanced users segment and drill down through the data to get even more detailed information. But, we've found it's a good idea to get another view of your visitors and traffic using a tool that provides information based on Log Analysis. Log based analytics let your see things that simply can't be tracked by script-based analyzers like Google Analytics.

As a big fan of SmarterMail, we decided to give SmarterStats a try. We've been using SmarterStats for awhile on several of our bigger sites but we also wanted to be able to use it on a few of our portals where we have multiple sites installed on a single instance of DotNetNuke. Before we could do this, we needed to do several things first to get this to work right...

DotNetNuke, Site Announcement, Portfolio

PLM - Pallet Logistics Management

Image: PLM - Pallet Logistics Management This new DotNetNuke-based website for PLM features a new Efficion designed logo, a custom DNN skin, custom photography, extensive Search Engine Optimization (SEO), lots of new original content, custom job listings, an online employment application, and much more.

Technologies and Services: DNN, Responsive Grid, SEO, Custom Photography
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