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DNN Digest - January 2019

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Editor's Note

Welcome to 2019! I hope you had a good holiday break and are ready for the new year. We made a lot of progress in 2018 and it was great to see the community step up and take ownership of the platform. The best part is that there are even more good things in store for the DNN ecosystem this year. I’m excited about the future.

There are several upcoming events to be tuned in to with DNN Summit being next month. The conference lineup of speakers and content is top notch and I’ve even heard rumors of some unique announcements happening at the conference. Microsoft’s Jon Galloway is the keynote speaker and we look forward to having him headlining the conference. Whether you are going to DNN Summit or not we’d like for you to provide us with your perspective on a few things. Check out the DNN Summit Survey.

The DNN TAG has put in a lot of work on the next release. DNN Platform is getting close to version 9.3 shipping. The updated schedule (which can be found on the roadmap page) is Code Freeze on 1/11, followed by a Release Candidate on 1/14, with the final release on 2/4. Given that schedule, DNN 9.3 will be hot off the presses just before DNN Summit!

I hope you are looking forward to the upcoming year as much as I am!


DNN Digest January 2019 Upcpoming Events

Jan 17th, 2019
Southern Fried DNN
Charlotte, NC + Live-Streamed Online

Southern Fried DNN logo The Charlotte based DNN User Group, Southern Fried DNN, will host their monthly meeting next Thursday, January 17th. This meeting will be a round table, open discussion of the enhancements and additions you want to see in the future of DNN.

Register for the Meetup


Jan 24th, 2019
Virtual User Conference
Live-Streamed Online

Please save the date for the first DNN Corp Virtual User Conference of 2019. Once you have registered, you’ll have the chance to write in with points of interest and/or topics that you would like Andy Tryba, DNN Corp CEO, to consider addressing in his presentation.

Register for the VUC


Feb 6th, 2019
Live-Streamed Online

The Toronto based DNN User Group, TADUG, will host their monthly meeting on February 6th. The meeting will feature Andrew Hoefling presenting on hist latest project, Dnn Key Master. Andrew will show you how to increase the security of your application by storing your database connection string in Azure Key Vault rather than in your web.config.

Register for the Meetup


Feb 19-21st, 2019
DNN Summit
Denver, Colorado

DNN Summit logo DNN Summit 2019 is returning to Denver Colorado. The conference dates have been announced, registration has opened, speakers & sessions are live on the site along with all sorts of training + the DNN Help Lab info has posted to the site. It’s going to be a great event!

Register for DNN Summit


June 6-9, 2019
Champery, Switzerland

DNN Connect logo DNN-Connect is returning to Switzerland after 10 years! The conference dates, location, and venue have been announced. Stay tuned in as registration and more info will come in the near future.

Learn more about DNN-Connect


DNN Digest January 2018 Spotlight

Spotlight: The Platform Year in Review: 2018

DNN TAG Leader, Mitchel Sellers, posted a blog at the end of 2018 providing a year in review perspective that also shared some insight on things to come in 2019. Check out “The Platform Year in Review 2018

Screenshot of Mitchel Sellers' blog on the The Platform Year in Review 2018


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Featured Content:

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Project Updates January 2019

Project Updates

This section highlights updates and contributions to the DNN Core platform and to open source extensions plus we provide details around projects that have recently updated.

DNN Platform
As mentioned in the editor’s note we are nearing a 9.3 release.

DNN Platform GitHub Insights

DNN Community Projects
The team working on the DNN Community (Core) modules has 2 new releases. They have also done a lot of research and work around continuous integration and automated release notes. Standards are being developed and templates are being created. Soon these new processes and standards will be implemented across all Community modules. Thanks again to the team doing the work on all these modules… you rock!

Community Modules
Other OSS Extensions



DNN Partner Spotlight

Partner Spotlight: Clarity

In this section we’ll feature a DNN Partner and discuss the partner’s firm and any feature projects that show off DNN.

About Clarity
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Clarity is a full-service team of DNN specialists with over 10 years of experience using DNN. Our team consists of backend developers, CMS developers, front-end and UI/UX designers, mobile developers, branding/creative experts, SEO and online marketing experts, and business project consultants. We are privately held, and are located in beautiful Austin, TX. Our team, roughly 25 in size, has built well over 1,000 DNN portals. DNN is our CMS of choice for building high-performant, custom websites.

Areas of Specialization
Along with designing DNN sites, Clarity has developed our own custom B2B / B2C eCommerce platform (Clarity eCommerce), as well as an integration platform, called Clarity Connect. Clarity eCommerce & Connect allow us to build and implement highly customized eCommerce storefronts and marketplaces (scalable to Millions of SKUs), with back-office integrations to line of business applications like Salesforce, NetSuite, Dynamics CRM-GP-AX-NAV, Oracle, SAP and Sage. Virtually any back-office application can be integrated. Clarity also specializes in medical portals, including integrations to EMR/EHR’s like EPIC, eClinicalWorks and more. Clarity has done over 3,000 integrations over the years.

Journey with DNN:
Thirteen years ago, the founders started building custom websites, and as they evaluated each project, had to select a CMS. Within the first few months of being in business, it became quite clear that DNN was the most developer-friendly and secure CMS used and was chosen more than any other CMS for client projects. Clarity decided that DNN was what they would build our business on, and out of our 1,300 projects (including web and mobile apps), over 1,000 have been built on DNN. Clarity’s been a DNN partner ever since the inception of the partner program more than 10 years ago.

Recent Projects:
With so many DNN projects to showcase, it makes sense to talk about the different types of projects we’ve recently launched. For a rapidly growing company, is a great site, and with thousands of pieces of collateral, Clarity had to build a custom, self-contained and expandable Resource Center. For larger or high-traffic sites, (San Diego International Airport) is a site with over 20 Million visitors, tons of custom navigation, more than a dozen custom integrations with flight tracking software, interactive maps, galleries and more. For eCommerce, Merck Pharmaceutical’s Animal Health site is a great exercise in design, with lazy loading, custom navigation and much more. Finally, onto global marketplaces, there’s New Horizon Computer Learning Center’s implementation, where Clarity’s eCommerce platform and DNN were used to create a 350+ store/portal deployment across more than 70 countries and processing transactions in 200 currencies. For more information on these and many more projects visit our portfolio (

Free Demo & Consultation:
Clarity, as a consultancy, enjoys long-term relationships with many of our clients. As such, we’re happy to discuss and consult with new prospects on their projects, often helping with their design and planning during the demo and proposal phase. Visit our website, or give us a call today for a free consultation.



DNN Digest January 2019 Featured Tweets

Featured Tweets

Moore Creative tweeted about DNN Summit lightsabers.

Moore Creative tweet about DNN Summit lightsabers

Andrew Hoefling tweeted about automated DNN deployments with Azure DevOps.

Andrew Hoefling tweeted about automated DNN deployments with Azure DevOps.

nvisionative tweeted about an intro video showing how to setup nvQuickTheme. The first in the video series on how to work with their theme development starter solution.

nvisionative tweeted about an intro video showing how to setup nvQuickTheme. The first in the video series on how to work with their theme development starter solution.


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