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DNN Digest November 2017

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Editor's Note:

What a month! We’ve had a lot of activity, energy, and enthusiasm in the DNN Ecosystem lately. The community areas of have seen a lot of knowledge exchange and community support, ecosystem planning and positive conversations are underway, and good things are ahead.

The DNN Digest is not intended to share content that you have already seen, but so many big things have happened in the ecosystem recently that I’d like to highlight a few recent items that I feel are significant just in case you weren’t aware:

  • Prompt: A very powerful open source command line interface for DNN, Prompt, is coming in the next release.
  • Liquid Content: Liquid Content will be moving to the Platform as seen on GitHub.
  • DNN Stuff Open Sources: Richard Edwards of DNN Stuff has released his entire module collection as open source, announced in a DNN Forum post.
  • DNN Summit Keynotes: DNN Summit announced they’re having 2 keynote speakers, DNN CEO, Andy Tryba, and the original creator of DNN, Shaun Walker.

DNN Summit Keynote Speakers Andy Tryba and Shaun Walker

I’m very excited to see both Prompt and Liquid Content in the platform as they make DNN an even more robust and powerful solution. I’m also pumped that both Andy and Shaun will headline DNN Summit. With a lot of GitHub activity present and the trend of open source in the air, these are indeed exciting times for our community!

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Virtual User Conference

On December 6, 2017, DNN CEO Andy Tryba will host a virtual user conference, which takes place once a quarter. Andy will provide an update on the DNN product and ecosystem. Register now and if you’re unable to attend live, we’ll send you a link to the recording.


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10lb Gorilla Theming Reference

This month’s spotlight features 10lb Gorilla’s DNN Theming Reference. If you are a front-end developer or a DNN theme creator, this tool could be your best friend. Have you ever wondered what theme and container objects exist or maybe even wondered what properties theme and container objects have that can be modified? If so, this interactive reference tool makes it very simple to not only find that info, but to update the objects as you need and implement them in your site.

Screen capture of 10lb Gorilla's Theming Reference Tool


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Thursday, November 16th
Southern Fried DNN User Group Meeting

The Southern Fried DNN User Group out of the Charlotte, North Carolina area is scheduled to have their monthly meeting on Thursday, November 16th at 6:30pm ET. This month’s meeting looks to be packed with info and speakers!

The main speaker at this month’s meeting is ManDeep Singh of Mandeep is well known extension vendor in the DNN ecosystem and he will present on his latest product, Live Exchange. Also featured at this meetup will be DNN’s Will Morgenweck who will give a short talk on module development best practices and Ryan Moore who will demonstrate’s DNN Power Admin Suite of tools.

RSVP for the event

Thursday, November 30th
Webinar: DNN Administration Tools that Make Your Job Easier

I’m excited to moderate this upcoming panel-based-webinar reviewing DNN administration tools! In this webinar we’ll look at a few tools that make a DNN administrator’s job easier.

The theme for this webinar is Install, Manage, Backup.

The presenters for this webinar will be David Poindexter reviewing nvquicksite, Kelly Ford demonstrating Prompt, and Ryan Moore showing us the power of Evotiva’s DNN Backup and Migration tool.

Register for the webinar

February 6-10,2018
DNN Summit
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DNN Summit is the annual US-based DNN conference. DNN Summit comes with a packed agenda of pre-conference training, 2 days chock full of sessions and wisdom from the DNN Community’s brightest. The summit concludes with 2 optional days “on the slopes” in Winter Park, Colorado.

This year’s conference returns to Denver, Colorado and will occur February 6 – 10, 2018. It will be a great conference to take part in to catch up on all the DNN Community buzz, put faces behind the names of DNN Community members, and to learn.

And as mentioned above, this year’s Summit will feature DNN’s new CEO, Andy Tryba, and the creator of DNN, Shaun Walker, as the two keynote speakers!

If you are interested sponsoring DNN Summit, reach out to the DNN Summit team at .

Find out more and register here

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Tips from Support

This month’s DNN Support Tip comes from Shawn McGillivray, a Senior Support Analyst at DNN Corp.

Q: How would I see how a page looks using a different theme without changing the actual theme settings or changing how my site looks to my users?

A: By using the query string parameter SkinSrc, you can dynamically load any installed skin file on any page, even when you are not logged in. This loads the page with the selected skin in the browser only, so it makes no permanent changes and is only seen by you.

Example URL:

The value after the “=” is the relative path to the skin file. Note that there is no .ascx after the filename (“home”) in the above example, as it is added automatically.

Note: we recently launched support packages for DNN Platform users. If you’re an Evoq customer, please know that there are no changes to the support associated with your subscription. You may purchase a Support Package from the DNN Store.

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.NET Conf 2017

.NET Conf is a free, virtual developer event from the .NET community and Microsoft. Visit the Channel 9 website to view the keynote, along with other technical sessions. There are 45 episodes available.

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Newest Community Member

Graham Sellers Ecosystem growth is one of our main objectives and we have some good news to share! Iowa Computer Gurus is a DNN Partner and their CEO Mitchel Sellers and family recently welcomed a new baby, Graham Sellers.

Congrats to Mitchel, Lexi, and family!


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Editor’s Note: This week, Twitter increased the character limit of tweets from 140 to 280 characters. We look forward to your expanded wisdom.

Andrew Hoefling published a blog post about Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment with DNN. The VSTS team at Microsoft noticed.

VSTS's Tweet about Andrew Hoefling's Continuous Integration and Deployment with DNN

Fabulous Halloween costumes from our friends at SteadyRain.

The SteadyRain team on Twitter at Halloween with their costumes

A fine carving job from Aderson Oliveira

Aderson Oliveira's DNN pumpkin


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