A practical guide to creating and maintaining your own website with DotNetNuke, the free, open source evolution of Microsoft's IBuySpy Portal
Create and manage your own website with DotNetNuke
Customize and enhance your site with skins and custom modules
Extend your site with forums and the best of third-party add-ons
Complete coverage of setup, administration, and development
DotNetNuke is the leading open source website system for .NET. This book shows you how to get a fully featured website right off the blocks, with forums, news and image management, visitor accounts and registration, and community contribution features. The book then takes VB.NET developers through extending and customizing this powerful application.
Read the first part of the BETA chapter, Creating Custom Modules. The second part of the BETA chapter is available here. These chapters were written for DotNetNuke version 2.12. The final book targets DotNetNuke version 3.0.
In Detail DotNetNuke
DotNetNuke is a free, open source evolution of Microsoft's celebrated ASP.NET reference implementation, the IBuySpy Portal Solution Kit. DotNetNuke began life as a framework for constructing data-driven intranet and Internet portal applications. It has now developed into an advanced web content management system with tools to manage a dynamic and interactive data-driven website.
If you work with ASP.NET and VB.NET, and want an interactive website, with forums, news and image management, where visitors can register, participate and contribute to your site, then DotNetNuke is the ideal solution for you. This book is your indispensable guide to creating content-rich websites with DotNetNuke 3.0, as quickly as possible.
The first part of this book gives you a deep understanding of working with basic DotNetNuke sites, guiding you through the features and giving you the confidence to create and manage your own site. After that, you will journey to the heart of DotNetNuke, and learn about its core architecture. From there, you will learn how to customize DotNetNuke sites through skinning and creating custom modules.
Enhancing your site with forums and ecommerce functionality, creating multiple sites and deploying your site round off the book. You will master each of these topics as you leap into the development of a DotNetNuke 3.0 site.
What you will learn from this book This book will give you the skills to create and manage DotNetNuke websites as quickly as possible. You will:
Install and configure DotNetNuke
Use the standard modules
Understand the core architecture of DotNetNuke
Explore the inner workings of DotNetNuke modules
Extend DotNetNuke with by creating powerful custom modules
Create your own skin using a HTML Editor
Learn about the new Whidbey style Provider Model
Find out about where and how to host and deploy your site
Approach You can use this book to help you set up and administer a DotNetNuke portal, even if you have a limited knowledge of ASP.NET. You will learn how to setup and administer an example site, stepping through all the tasks to ease your learning.
If you are a developer, this book will help you extend the DotNetNuke portal by first helping you understand how the core framework works and then show you how to create custom modules and skins. A rudimentary knowledge of VB.NET programming is assumed, but the emphasis is not on becoming a better VB.NET programmer but on taming DotNetNuke.
Who this book is written for This book has been written for both the beginner wanting to set up a website and also ASP.NET developers with a grasp of VB.NET and access to Visual Studio .NET. No prior knowledge of DotNetNuke is assumed.
The new features of DotNetNuke 3.0 are discussed extensively, so even if you have worked with previous versions of DotNetNuke, you will find something new.
Author(s) Daniel N. Egan
Over the past seven years, Daniel has held a variety of positions in the information technology and engineering fields. Currently, he is a System Development Specialist for Automated Data Processing's Southern California region working extensively in database applications and Web development. Daniel is an MCP and MCSD. In addition to his development work, he teaches a VB.NET Certification course at California State University Fullerton as well as serves on its .NET Advisory board. He is also the founder and chief author of Dot Net Doc (www.DotNetDoc.com), a .NET and DNN developer resource website built using the DotNetNuke framework. He has written numerous articles on DotNetNuke and the underlying DNN architecture. He is also the founder of the LA/Orange County DNN Usergroup and is currenly working on two DNN Related projects. DNNUsergroup Online (http://www.DNNUGOnline), a portal designed to allow usergroups to broadcast their meetings online. DotNetNuke Radio, a live internet radio show about DotNetNuke.