DotNetNuke tutorials, tips and tricks

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

DotNetNuke Tutorials: Working with images

Here is a whole series of DotNetNuke Video Tutorials released in issue 2 of DNN Creative Magazine all related to working with images. There is also a series of tutorials covering advanced techniques for managing pages, plus mp3 interviews covering web design and Google Sitemaps.

Module Video Reviews / Tutorials - Images and Gallery Modules

Scott McCulloch Simple Gallery Module
(22 mins)

Spohn Software Over and Out Images Module
(12 mins)

WDK Solutions wildPortfolio Module
(34 mins)

ZLDNN Photo Album Module
(19 mins)


Beginners Guides:

Working with images in DotNetNuke - Free

Beginners guide to HTML - Free

DotNetNuke® Core Modules:

The DotNetNuke Images module - Video (5 mins)


Advanced Page Settings - 3 x Videos (18 mins)

Managing Pages - Video (4 mins)


DotNetNuke® and Http Compression - Free

MP3 DotNetNuke Interviews

Google Sitemaps with John Mueller (23 mins)

How did they build …? The Bi4ce DotNetNuke website with Chris Chodnicki and Kevin Schreiner (42 mins)


RSS an Introduction - Free

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Google Analytics and DotNetNuke

Google have launched a free web based analytics service for tracking the visitors to your website.

From Google: Google Analytics tells you everything you want to know about how your visitors found you and how they interact with your site. You'll be able to focus your marketing resources on campaigns and initiatives that deliver ROI, and improve your site to convert more visitors.

Google Analytics can also provide Adwords ROI analytics, which I'm sure will prove an essential tool for anyone who implements Adwords.

Currently Google has suspended new sign ups as demand was so high for their service they could not cope with the load on their servers.

I was lucky enough to sign up for the service when it was first launched and I have to say it provides very professional, easy to use and informative reports.

To add Google Analytics to your website all you have to do is add a line of Javascript code into the Head section of your pages. There are several ways to do this in DotNetNuke which I will explain at another time, but it is a simple process.

The reporting features are impressive and they are especially useful for tracking which pages attract visitors and which pages lose visitors - essential information to provide a good service to your website visitors.

I've also noticed that since implementing this that Google has now indexed 12,100 pages from my site - a few days previously it had indexed 782 pages.

From the analytics and the high number of indexed pages listed here, it raises a few issues which I have just become aware of, and that is the potential dupliacte content that can be created from the Terms, Privacy, Register, and Login links within DotNetNuke.

I've noticed from the analytics pages that some visitors actually come into the site through these links and then immediately exit - this is of course very bad... - but at least I am now aware of the problem and something can be done to fix it.

- I've just completed an interview with Jeff Smith from Venexus Incorporated discussing SEO for DotNetNuke which covers this duplicate content issue and solutions. - This will be released in Decemeber in DNN Creative Magazine

Overall, very impressed and definitely worth checking out. - But what will Google do with all of this data ? . . . . .

Have a look at Google Analytics

Free forum module released

Presstopia have just released a free forum module for DotNetNuke.

It works on DotNetNuke v3.1 or 3.2

Presstopia also have a free blog module available, so it's worth a look

You can view the details on their website:


Video Tutorial: DotNetNuke® Image Module

This DotNetNuke® Video Tutorial demonstrates the DotNetNuke® Core Image module:

* Adding the module to a page
* How to add an image
* How to upload an image
* Setting alternate text
* Width & Height
* Displaying an image without the container
* Scaling an image and file size

Time length: 5:26 min
Download Size: 4.7MB

Video Tutorial DotNetNuke Image Module

Monday, November 21, 2005

Tutorial: How to add the RSS feeds and earn a 10% referral bonus

I thought you would be interested in this sneak preview of a free tutorial from issue 4 of the magazine…

As most of you will know, sell DotNetNuke® related products from Module and Skin developers. also provide a 10% referral bonus scheme. If one of your website visitors clicks on a link to and makes a purchase, you receive 10% of the customer sales.

Following a request, agreed to create some RSS feeds so that I could easily display their latest products on DNN Creative Magazine and receive a 10% commission on sales.

Displaying an RSS feed on your website means that as soon as performs an update to their website, the updates are automatically added to the RSS feed, meaning that you can display the latest products, or top ten sales without having to do any work.

This free tutorial demonstrates how to add your own referral ID to the RSS feed that provide and how to display this feed on your own website.

This tutorial uses the free News Feeds (RSS) core module. You do not need to purchase any modules to set this up.

If you are using the Orizonti Nuke Feeds module, there are also templates at the end of this tutorial especially for Nuke Feeds.

How to add the RSS feeds to your DotNetNuke portal and earn a 10% referral bonus

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

DotNetNuke V3.2 and 4.0 released

DotNetNuke V3.2 and 4.0 have just been released today!

These releases bridge the compatibility gap between ASP.NET 1.1 and ASP.NET 2.0 and offer a number of powerful new application features.

You can read further details here:

and download the latest releases from here:

- I've done some preliminary tests upgrading a localhost install of V3.1 to 3.2 and it installed without any problems.

Friday, November 04, 2005

DotNetNuke Tutorials: The World At Your Fingertips

Here is a whole series of DotNetNuke Video Tutorials released in issue 1 of DNN Creative Magazine.

Module Video Tutorial / Reviews - News, Articles, and Announcements Modules

Efficion Consulting Articles Module V3.1.5 and 3.2 Beta Review Video - Free
(41 mins)

Orizonti Nuke News V1.3 Module Review Video
(30 mins)

Scott McCulloch News Articles Module V00.04.09 Review Video
(30 mins)

Rogue Proeliator News Items Module Review Video
(24 mins)

ByDesign Advanced Announcements Module Review Video
(39 mins)


Beginners Guides:

An Introduction to the principles of DotNetNuke - Free

DotNetNuke® Quick Start Guide Video - (25 mins) - Free

How to optimize an image before uploading it to your website - Free

DotNetNuke Core Modules:
The DotNetNuke Announcements module Video - (14 mins)


Security Roles, Users and Pages (Videos totalling 34 mins)

DNN Users & Setting the Registration Options

Specifying Required Fields Upon Registration

User Accounts: Adding / Editing / Deleting / Viewing

Working with Security Roles

Assigning a security role to a user account

Basic Introduction to working with pages

Assigning Security Roles to Pages & Modules

FeaturesDotNetNuke® Hosting - Free