New Community Website

Ordinarily, you'd be at the right spot, but we've recently launched a brand new community website... For the community, by the community.

Yay... Take Me to the Community!

The Community Blog is a personal opinion of community members and by no means the official standpoint of DNN Corp or DNN Platform. This is a place to express personal thoughts about DNNPlatform, the community and its ecosystem. Do you have useful information that you would like to share with the DNN Community in a featured article or blog? If so, please contact .

The use of the Community Blog is covered by our Community Blog Guidelines - please read before commenting or posting.

WAP Projects and DNN TextEditor

Almost two years ago I blogged about How To Get Design-Time Support for DotNetNuke Controls, and back then the solution seemed to be the easiest, just change one setting in your project and everything was just fine.  Well, as the years have progressed and people have downloaded and worked with projects I've ran into a few issues with this route and now have a better solution for this.

Why An Issue

Before I show the new solution that I recommend for this type of situation I thought I would start by noting why I have an issue with the way that my previous recommendation worked.  There are a number of issues, but the primary issues are two fold.

First of all, using an IIS specific URL in the manner that is recommended in the older article you must always run Visual Studio 2010 as an Administrator.  This isn't necessarily a "big deal", but now that I don't have to do it for other things, it gets REALLY annoying when I have to restart VS due to not being in administrator mode.

Secondly and the most important reason is that when you go to work with the solution on another computer, or to share the code with someone else they must also have the exact same IIS URL configured that you did.  In my example all of my machines were using localhost/dnn, but not everyone else would use the same.

Now, the solution that is outlined is still 100% valid, and honestly is still the "easiest" method as there are no code changes needed to actually get it working, but for portability and ease of use this new solution is easier to work with.

The New Way

From an .ascx perspective, the process will be the same, you will register the use control with the reference to ~/Controls/TextEditor.ascx similar to the following (Normally on one line):

<%@ Register 
    TagPrefix="dnn" %>

Now, the rest of the process to declare the controls are the same simply declare them and give them the proper values for your desired configuration.  The difference comes in what you do AFTER you have completed adding the controls.

Open your .ascx.designer.cs (or .vb for those of you with VB) and find the declarations for your text editor controls and REMOVE them from this file.  Now, go to your .ascx.cs (or .vb) file and add declarations for each TextEditor control that you would like to have, as an example the following creates a declaration for a TextEditor called txtSummary.

protected DotNetNuke.UI.UserControls.TextEditor txtSummary;

Now, you have full ability to work with the text editor, no dependency on IIS or administrator permissions to your machine. Yes, you have to go in and edit the taboo designer file, but it does make development a lot better! Share any comments below!

This blog post is cross-posted from my personal blog.

A special thanks to Brian Dukes (@BrianDukes) for help getting this working correctly!


Comment Form

Only registered users may post comments.


Aderson Oliveira (22)
Alec Whittington (11)
Alessandra Davies (3)
Alex Shirley (10)
Andrew Hoefling (3)
Andrew Nurse (30)
Andy Tryba (1)
Anthony Glenwright (5)
Antonio Chagoury (28)
Ash Prasad (37)
Ben Schmidt (1)
Benjamin Hermann (25)
Benoit Sarton (9)
Beth Firebaugh (12)
Bill Walker (36)
Bob Kruger (5)
Bogdan Litescu (1)
Brian Dukes (2)
Brice Snow (1)
Bruce Chapman (20)
Bryan Andrews (1)
cathal connolly (55)
Charles Nurse (163)
Chris Hammond (213)
Chris Paterra (55)
Clint Patterson (108)
Cuong Dang (21)
Daniel Bartholomew (2)
Daniel Mettler (181)
Daniel Valadas (48)
Dave Buckner (2)
David Poindexter (12)
David Rodriguez (3)
Dennis Shiao (1)
Doug Howell (11)
Erik van Ballegoij (30)
Ernst Peter Tamminga (80)
Francisco Perez Andres (17)
Geoff Barlow (12)
George Alatrash (12)
Gifford Watkins (3)
Gilles Le Pigocher (3)
Ian Robinson (7)
Israel Martinez (17)
Jan Blomquist (2)
Jan Jonas (3)
Jaspreet Bhatia (1)
Jenni Merrifield (6)
Joe Brinkman (274)
John Mitchell (1)
Jon Henning (14)
Jonathan Sheely (4)
Jordan Coopersmith (1)
Joseph Craig (2)
Kan Ma (1)
Keivan Beigi (3)
Kelly Ford (4)
Ken Grierson (10)
Kevin Schreiner (6)
Leigh Pointer (31)
Lorraine Young (60)
Malik Khan (1)
Matt Rutledge (2)
Matthias Schlomann (16)
Mauricio Márquez (5)
Michael Doxsey (7)
Michael Tobisch (3)
Michael Washington (202)
Miguel Gatmaytan (3)
Mike Horton (19)
Mitchel Sellers (40)
Nathan Rover (3)
Navin V Nagiah (14)
Néstor Sánchez (31)
Nik Kalyani (14)
Oliver Hine (1)
Patricio F. Salinas (1)
Patrick Ryan (1)
Peter Donker (54)
Philip Beadle (135)
Philipp Becker (4)
Richard Dumas (22)
Robert J Collins (5)
Roger Selwyn (8)
Ruben Lopez (1)
Ryan Martinez (1)
Sacha Trauwaen (1)
Salar Golestanian (4)
Sanjay Mehrotra (9)
Scott McCulloch (1)
Scott Schlesier (11)
Scott Wilkinson (3)
Scott Willhite (97)
Sebastian Leupold (80)
Shaun Walker (237)
Shawn Mehaffie (17)
Stefan Cullmann (12)
Stefan Kamphuis (12)
Steve Fabian (31)
Steven Fisher (1)
Timo Breumelhof (24)
Tony Henrich (3)
Torsten Weggen (3)
Tycho de Waard (4)
Vicenç Masanas (27)
Vincent Nguyen (3)
Vitaly Kozadayev (6)
Will Morgenweck (40)
Will Strohl (180)
William Severance (5)
What is Liquid Content?
Find Out
What is Liquid Content?
Find Out
What is Liquid Content?
Find Out