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Introducing the Website Working Group

After all the changes at DNN Corp & the new (and refreshing) ideas about participating in the future of DNNPlatform, I have been asked to start up the DNN Website Working Group. This is what Joe Brinkman defined as the task for this community group: "The website group is responsible for maintenance of the community sections of the website that have been turned over for community management."

Great news isn't it? The community in control of the community pages (found under the main menu item Community) on I complained several times in the MVP group that the current community information is mostly static and does not provide up to date, relevant and actual information about the various activities, the buzz, in the community. And I also made several suggestions how this could be improved.

I should not have done that. Now "they" turned around and said: "Well, you know what you want, here are the keys to do it, please do". (Note to self: "Keep your mouth shut next time.")


The objectives that I have for the Website Working Group are:

  • make the community activities much more visibible on
  • display changes in the activities (growth, decline, hot topics)
  • have people feel attracted to the community activities
  • enable easy display of relevant community activities on any page of and
  • ultimately on any site that is interested in this info.

My idea is that the display of information will maintain itself, once it is configured. One idea to enable this, is to create a (Open Source) dashboard module with plug-in options for data retrieval and for data display (data table, graph) so that it can be enhanced and extended over time. A bit like the DNNReports module, but then with up to date technology in mind.

To get an idea

I have made a mockup of my idea of a community activity page. That does not mean that this is the definitive solution, it just resembles some of my ideas. So any input is most welcome.

Join and start

As a start of this working group I would like to identify the area's that will bring low hanging fruit: simple changes and enhancements, easy to execute, bringing (some) visible benefits. And in addition, a list of priorities of pages and topics to be improved over the next few months. I expect that the main activities of the people in this group will be limited to 3-4 months of real work with some simple maintenance and improvements afterwards. 

Feel free to give a reaction if you are interested to do some work here.

If you join this group (I hope some of you do), I expect that we will see the appreciation of the community quickly: the results will be directly very visible with a positive effect for the health of the community!


Robert Fulop
Love it Ernst!!
Robert Fulop Saturday, September 13, 2014 1:07 PM (link)
2sic Daniel Mettler
I would be interested to help - specifically the showcase is really crap, and I have some really great ideas there...
2sic Daniel Mettler Monday, September 15, 2014 10:01 AM (link)
Ernst Peter Tamminga
@Daniel: I will contact you. Stay tuned.
Ernst Peter Tamminga Tuesday, September 16, 2014 11:36 AM (link)
Ernst Peter Tamminga
@Robert Fulop: Do you want to be part of the working group?
Ernst Peter Tamminga Tuesday, September 16, 2014 11:37 AM (link)
Jay Mathis
Sign me up Ernst.
Jay Mathis Thursday, September 18, 2014 10:40 AM (link)
Robert Fulop
I'm not a coder Ernst, so I don't know if I can be of any help, unless you have simple tasks that doesn't require programming skills.
Robert Fulop Friday, September 19, 2014 10:42 PM (link)
Jeremy Farrance
If one facet of this effort is building a showcase of amazing "Built on DNN" websites, then let the celebrating begin! [ Or at least contact me because I would like to help. ;) ]

Jeremy Farrance Monday, September 22, 2014 6:52 PM (link)

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