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Getting your development skins organized

If I start developing a new Skin I always create a child portal for it on my development machine.
That way I can do a test with the real menu item texts, and test upcoming changes easily in the future.

The problem I alway had was to remember what child portals I had on what DNN installation.

I now "solved" this by adding a reports module to the home page of the main portal (which I don't use for anything else).

I add this query to get a list of all portals (equals in my case all skins)

SELECT     PortalLink = '' + Portals.PortalName + '' , Description = isnull(Portals.Description, '')
FROM         Portals INNER JOIN
                      PortalAlias ON Portals.PortalID = PortalAlias.PortalID

The reports module will now show you all the portals (in fact aliases) on the install and you can click to get to them

It's simple but I find it very useful.




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