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Monday, March 17, 2014 5:01:00 AM

Engage welcomes two new employees to our team. Meet Kayle McLean, Project Manager and Joe Lissner, Web Developer...

Ultimate DNN Modules
Wednesday, March 05, 2014 9:01:48 AM
Currently we are fixing a really weird issue that only happens with non-administration users. When the user logs in and accesses one page, they are logged out of the system. The page finishes loading as if they were logged in, but once they try any other actions, such as clicking any module section menu (including refreshing the browser page) they are considered not logged in and presented with a login prompt. After looking it into for a while, we found that this always seems to happen when this module requests my custom ashx web call, which was killing dnn authentication cookies and logging out non-administrator users. Later we made some search about reasonable solution – fortunately we found the helpful post exactly with the same issue -  Why is DNN killing my authentication cookies when I access an ashx from a child portal? As the answer mentioned below: This occurs because the user is only defined in the child portal, but the request to the ASHX occurs (from DNN's perspective) in the parent ...
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 1:02:56 AM
One of the things I’ve failed to do with my latest free open source skin, HammerFlex, for DNN is provide a good overview of how to utilize the skin. To really understand a skin, one must know the layout, and the thought process behind the layout (panes).
Monday, February 10, 2014 12:24:03 PM
A month or so ago I released a new open source skin for DotNetNuke (DNN), called HammerFlex. One of the cool things about the HammerFlex skin is the implementation of Bootstrap, and specifically the Carousel feature that allows you to add a carousel/slider to your site. The skin is designed to use the carousel at the top of a page, I haven’t tried it elsewhere, though it might be possible to use in other Panes in the DNN Skin.
Thursday, February 06, 2014 5:14:52 PM
Let’s dig up into some Action Form history… When we launched Action Form in 2010, we did so with the intention of it being a DNN forms module for all the people. Meaning that the module would be simple enough for the average user but flexible and extensible enough that other developers could build off it’s […]
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 9:24:17 AM
Phew – We’ve been some busy dudes in the past few weeks! On top of launching Action Form 3.3, we’ve been busy working on something super exciting that will compliment Action Form ;-).  You’ve probably heard about: DNN MailChimp Add-on, DNN Campaign Monitor Add-on, DNN Module Actions Add-on, DNN Page Actions Add-on, DNN Job Application […]
Sunday, January 12, 2014 5:51:30 PM
I decided recently it was time to upgrade the look of my various websites, and while I originally considered modifying my MultiFunction skin for DNN, ultimately I decided to start from the ground up and create a new Skin for DNN using Bootstrap (http://getbootstrap.com), I’ve decided to call it HammerFlex.
Friday, January 10, 2014 9:55:17 AM
If you are like most DNNizens, you’ve been thinking about the New Year for some time already. Perhaps you have been thinking about how to make your DNN portal even better. Most DNNizens approach the new year with a burst of resolve and a vow to tick off items on their DNN portal improvements wish […]
Wednesday, January 01, 2014 10:44:36 PM

My website was due for an overhauled design, somehow a full year came and went and I hadn't done any major updates to the website. I guess that is what happens when you, move, change jobs, and have a second child in on year, time sort of magically goes away.

A couple of weeks ago I started working on a new DNN skin, to replace my MultiFunction skin that I've had in use here on ChrisHammond.com for a number of years now. Initially I was going to work on upgrading MF, but after giving it some thought, I felt like I wanted to start over, and this time around I wasn't sure that I was going to create an open source skin, most likely just something that I would use for my own websites, of which I have plenty to spread the skin around on.

Monday, December 23, 2013 12:46:15 AM

Earlier in 2013 I started working on a new round of DNN Module Development tutorials. For a few months now I've been promising that I would finish up that series, but at this point I am going to announce that the series is on hiatus. 

There are a number of reasons for this, the primary of which is that I am simply too busy. My work role at ClubReady, Inc. has changed over the past month, was promoted to the Director of Customer Experience leading a team of 14 other folks, including developers and customer service staff.

Friday, December 20, 2013 12:57:00 PM

In 2008, Engage released our first commercial module, Engage: Publish, to a wonderful reception from the DNN community. Soon after, Engage created several more top-selling modules – committing nearly 7,000 man hours to their development. We were very successful at creating solutions that met system integrators’ needs and, hopefully, exceeded their expectations.

Since the "early days," DNN's adoption by larger organizations has grown significantly. Instead of us recommending DNN as a solution to organizations who have never heard of it, we are now sought out by organizations specifically for our DNN expertise. Our project workload has grown such that we are left with very little, if any, time to spend on our modules. Over the last year, we have been unable to support our modules at the high level our customers expected.

Going forward, to best serve our clients, we need to turn our attention fully to their needs. As a result, our ability to continue to invest time and energy in the module space has come to an end. Engage Modules are no longer offered for sale under a commercially supported license.

In the spirit of contributing to open source and specifically to the DNN ecosystem, Engage has open-sourced all of our modules. All Engage modules are now available for FREE to the DNN Community at large, licensed under the MIT open source license. Source code and module install packages are available on GitHub. The forums on EngageModules.com are still available as a community-supported resource.

Engage will continue as stewards of these modules. We’ll be making periodic updates of our own and we welcome contributions from the community.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013 3:44:00 PM

Mobile First Responsive Web Design is a combination of philosophies and strategies that focus first on mobile devices, as well as user accessibility when creating a design. Websites and digital applications are getting more and more complex, and with that change, designers need to create experiences that work across the entire array of digital devices out there in the wild.

Wednesday, December 04, 2013 7:47:44 PM
Time flies fast, doesn’t it? 3 years ago, in the distant 2010 we’ve released the first version of Action Form and today Action Form is one of the most popular form builder in DNN. And we hope that the market share will only increase in the near future. Isn’t it spectacular?  So, if you need […]
Ultimate DNN Modules
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 10:16:00 AM
Well, let us get started to fight DNN Bugs again. This is the second post we discussed about DNN bugs and share workarounds with you. The first post is Fighting DNN Bugs: All Handlers Not Work, which you also are interested in reading. It is so tired and uninteresting process but we we have to deal with them for our websites or clients if they requested. DotNetNuke is indeed the most excellent/great CMS at the first look but when going ahead, there are lots of issues/bugs to challenge your ability and patience. One of our client ever complained that there were lots of error filled in the event logs of their websites, and mainly indicated that "Object reference not set to an instance of an object". You look, so little information is not enough to investigate those issues and identify the problem that we can do nothing excerpt clearing the event logs to make us feel happy for a while. Yes, the community version is free however that is the big price when issues occurred. Some times we can look for hel ...
Friday, November 15, 2013 10:45:18 AM
Anyone who uses Action Form, and there are apparently a very large number of you, knows that Action Form get’s updated very frequently. This isn’t because we don’t have anything better to do. Action Form is gaining in popularity very rapidly and as more people are using it we are made aware of tweaks and […]
Ultimate DNN Modules
Monday, November 11, 2013 8:34:15 AM
After the acquisition of Active Modules by DNN (formerly DotNetNuke) Corp, the position of original Forum module had been replaced by the Active Forums Module and the status of development looks stopping currently. No any updates or activity – in my opinion, it will be dead in the end later. Unfortunately, some our websites are still building by DNN Forum Module and we don’t want to switch it to Active Forums Module because its features are enough for us and changing will be a potential risk with time or more works. Actually it may be a great opportunity to get started a totally new/customized project for DNN Forum. We just want to make it live always and are able to add new features or enhance some pending issues. Well, let us get ahead. We will launch the customized forum project in GitHub(DNN Core Framework had been moved to GitHub, as share in this post DNN Nightly Builds) and it will be Open Source Project always there. Highlights in the initially building: Added new theme called "FlatBlue&q ...
Monday, November 11, 2013 2:45:40 AM
As we move forward with our mission at DNN Sharp, it’s time to reaffirm our commitment to Open Source. Open source is part of our DNA at DNN Sharp. It’s how we started our journey back in 2006 to innovate and bring a next  level in DNN. From our early days, we worked with open […]
Ultimate DNN Modules
Sunday, November 10, 2013 5:38:00 PM
After integration SunBlogNuke with Window Live Writer, you may wonder where to find or what to replace the excerpt field in the built-in edit post panel. There is one elegant workaround – using the tag to mark the end of the excerpt. Fortunately, there is a setting property called "supportsExtendedEntries" in the wlwmanifest.xml depending on the feature. Please note that setting this value to true will allow the tag in your Window Live Writer.  What you need to accomplish is placing your cursor where you want the “Read More” tag and selecting “Split Post” from the “Format” menu. Then the collection page and simple entry partial will be modified to have a "Read More" link whenever there is extended content. Have  a look at the screenshot as follows: Also you can see the more features integrated with WLW, for example, keyword, category and slug etc. :)
Thursday, November 07, 2013 3:11:35 PM
Many people ask “Is DNN good for SEO or not?” and my final answer is: “Yes it is!”. DNN is the ideal software with which you can build any website: business, corporate, education, government, portals etc. At the same time it is one of the easiest content management systems to set up, for many reasons, […]
PowerDNN Blog
Monday, November 04, 2013 1:54:40 PM
DNNCon: bringing the DotNetNuke community together through tips, tricks, and camaraderie The longer you’ve been in an industry, the easier it becomes to forget why large-scale gatherings of like-minded people are a boon to your industry. Maybe you’ve become a little burned out. You’ve been to hundreds of these things before (ugh) and here comes […]


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