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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

DNN Creative new skin launched

Well, it's now finally complete! - Have a look at

You can see the new pure CSS skin in action. You will see that the skin is XHTML compliant, is semantically coded, uses sIFR for headings, and a print.css file so that the articles can be easily printed out. The skin is also flexible and stretches to the size of the browser window and also makes use of font resizing.

Behind the scenes if you look in the source code you will see that the main content is presented before any of the less important elements, making it ideal for the search engines to more easily index the pages.

I don't yet know how Google has reacted to the changeover, but fingers crossed it will like the new layout ;-)

Let us know what you think...

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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

DNN Creative new skin design

The new skin design for DNN Creative is almost ready to be released. I just have another day or so of testing on a localhost installation before applying it to the live website.

I am going to apply the new skin in stages across DNN creative in the hope that Google will keep our current search engine rankings, as last time we did a major site update Google dropped all of our links.

It will mean that two skins will be in use for DNN creative and things may look a little odd for a couple of days but hopefully it will not be for any longer than a few days while we make the transition to the new skin.

The new skin is a pure CSS, sIFR, XHTML compliant skin. Hopefully users should find it easier to navigate and read the articles on the website.

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Tuesday, July 03, 2007

225 DotNetNuke video tutorials

We have now reached 225 DotNetNuke video tutorials on DNN Creative Magazine, the latest issue 22 is out now for July.

In issue 22 we demonstrate how to transfer a localhost DotNetNuke installation to a live website and How to backup a live hosted DotNetNuke website and restore it to a localhost installation.

Following this we demonstrate how to use find and replace SQL queries. This is a very powerful technique for solving problems such as changing the URLs of images after transferring a DotNetNuke installation. Complete with 11 videos.

Issue 22 – Transferring DotNetNuke installations localhost/live, SQL Find and Replace

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Speaking at DotNetNuke OpenForce 07

I can now announce that I am going to be speaking at the DotNetNuke OpenForce 07 Conference. - my picture and details are up:

I am co-presenting with Cathal Connolly on XHTML compliance and CSS skins which I'm really looking forward to.

If any of you are going to the conference let me know and we might be able to meet up.

I'm also thinking of taking some recording equipment across to do interviews with people so if you have any questions or suggestions let me know in the DNN Creative Forum

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New DotNetNuke Support for DNN Creative

I'm pleased to announce we have just employed Joe Craig to help all of the DNN Creative readers in the forum.

This should help to free a bit of my time so that I can focus on creating tutorials and should also mean you get a response to your questions even quicker. - Of course I will still be on hand to offer any advice ;-)

Joe has done everything from skin design, to module development, so site design and operation. He has also been involved in online communities since the early 1990s on CompuServe, with hosting email discussion lists and forums for the National Association of Investors, and currently with

I'm looking forward to working with you Joe, and welcome to the site!

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