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DNN 9: Understanding the Persona Bar

DNN-9Have you ever used an application and found that you loved the user interface? That you actually found the application a pleasure to use? It seems like every year there is a new application or device with a fresh new UI that captures everyone’s attention. A great user experience can elevate an application above its competition.

In 2013 we began work on a project to rethink the DNN administrative experience. The goal of the project was to create an admin UI which was faster and more intuitive for users. The UI needed to be fully isolated from the rest of the site so that the admin design did not interfere with website themes or modules.

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Oct 21
By: Joe Brinkman

DNN 9: Rethinking the Admin Experience

DNN-9DNN has long had a unique approach to our content editing experience.  Many tasks in DNN can be accomplished without requiring a user to leave the page they are working on.  Creating a page and editing content is done fully within the context of the page you are building. This approach allows you to quickly and easily make content changes without have to flip back and forth between a content editing tool in one browser and the finished page in another browser.  The entire editing and review process occurs within a single browser window. Continue Reading »
Oct 03
By: Joe Brinkman

2sxc App vs. 2sxc Content - Which One Should I use?

Technically both the App and the Content module could be used for the same things - but you shouldn't, because they behave differently and provide a different UX. Here's an overview.

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Sep 29
By: 2sic Daniel Mettler

DNN 9 and the Future of the DNN Platform

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Two years ago, we began a discussion in the community about how to move the DNN platform forward.  Microsoft was hard at work on ASP.Net vNext, which was later renamed to ASP.Net Core.  At the time, I made the case for DNN making a radical departure from the Web Forms architecture that is the foundation of DNN today.  That new platform, DNN neXt, would have been built on .Net Core and would have benefited from much of the work the ASP.Net team was doing to modernize and cleanup .Net.

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Sep 26
By: Joe Brinkman

4-Ways to Work with JSON Data Using StruXured Content (2sxc)

Many cool visualizations run in JavaScript, so your scripts must be able to get the content-items as JSON. Here are the 4 most important ways to do it. 

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Sep 23
By: 2sic Daniel Mettler

Announcing Angular 2 - Yippee!

Angular 2 is officially stable and out. Here's what you need to know, if you want to get started immediately with Angular2 and DNN or 2sxc.

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Sep 21
By: 2sic Daniel Mettler

12 Differences When Templating Data Instead of Content

The template/data-paradigm is very common, where a template visualizes data provided by a query. This results in typical list/details systems like blogs, news, showcases and more. But when managing content on normal pages, this approach doesn't really work, which is why we need the template/content-paradigm

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Sep 17
By: 2sic Daniel Mettler

Migrate from CKEditor Editor Provider (WatchersNET) to DNNConnect.EditorProvider

The CK Editor from WatchersNET has been (and still is) a very good alternative to the Telerik RAD Editor, the standard HTML editor delivered with DNN for a long time. It provides the successor of the FCK Editor, which has been the default editor... Continue Reading »
Sep 06
By: Michael Tobisch

An App a Day: The Snippet/Code-Fragement App

We all sometimes need to add just a bit of CSS, JavaScript or HTML to a page, without mangling it through the WYSIWYG editor. The Snippet-App helps you do this, quickly and painlessly.

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Sep 03
By: 2sic Daniel Mettler

DNN Completes the Move to GitHub

DNN-OctocatOpen Source project hosting has seen many changes in the last 15 years.  When DNN first started, we had few options for hosting our source code and packaged releases.  We have been around long enough to see sites like GotDotNet, Google Code and others come and go.  Finding a reliable project host is an ongoing challenge. Even after you find a host, you need to be vigilant to ensure the host continues to offer the features and support you need for your project and your community.

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Aug 25
By: Joe Brinkman
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