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DotNetNuke 5 User's Guide: Get Your Website Up and Running



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DotNetNuke 5 User's Guide: Get Your Website Up and Running by Christopher J. Hammond
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This is an authoritative introduction to implementing DotNetNuke Web sites, by experienced DotNetNuke implementers and trainers. An impressive author team shows you how to easily build Web sites with a variety of content features - no programming experience required. If your goal is to build the site without worrying about the programming behind it, "DotNetNuke 5 User's Guide" gives you exactly what you need. After developing a groundwork in the DotNetNuke framework and DotNetNuke as a content management system, it provides installation and administration information. Then it takes you step by step through a variety of use cases, implementation strategies, and configuration decisions for various sites. This book introduces the benefits of content management systems, open source, how DotNetNuke functions as a content management system, and DotNetNuke modules, pages, and skins. It explains the installation process, options for installing DotNetNuke, and requirements, as well as administration functionality and content management fundamentals for DNN sites. It examines different use cases, implementation strategies, and configuration decisions. It shows how to develop and implement a personal Web site, a team or club community, a small business site, and an enterprise solution. It looks at various advanced topics relevant to all use cases, ranging from advanced installation options to detailed administrative features. It includes a foreword by Shaun Walker, creator of DotNetNuke and Wrox DotnetNuke series editor. "DotNetNuke 5 User's Guide" provides the tools you need to put this valuable technology to work.

Table of Contents

Foreword. Introduction. Chapter 1: Introduction To DotNetNuke. What Is a Content Management System? What Is Open Source? Software Licenses. What Is DotNetNuke? Who Uses DotNetNuke? What Does the License Allow? A Brief History of DotNetNuke. What Is the DotNetNuke Ecosystem? What Does DotNetNuke Provide and How? Security. Pages. Extensions, Modules, and Skins. Upgrades. Users Management. Common Misconceptions. Summary. Chapter 2: Installing DotNetNuke. Web Server Basics. Pre-Installation Considerations. What Kind of a Website Will You Be Building? How Much Content Will Your Website Have? How Much Traffic Will Your Website Receive? Who Is Your Intended Audience? Will Your Website Have Its Own Domain Name? Installation Requirements. DotNetNuke Requirements. Third-Party Hosting Considerations. Which Version of DotNetNuke? The Local Installation Process. File System Configuration. Setting Up Your Web Server. Configuring Your Database. The Hosted Installation Process. Using the DotNetNuke Installation Wizard. File Permissions Check. Database Check. User Configuration. Summary. Chapter 3: DotNetNuke Concepts and Host Configuration. Definitions. Portals. Pages. URLs. Skins. Modules. Containers. Actions Menu. Control Panel. Providers. Dissecting a DotNetNuke Page. Logo. Navigation Elements. Search Functionality. Register/Login Links. Breadcrumb. Page Content. Content Positioning. Privacy Statement, Terms of Use, and Copyright. Overview of Administration within DNN. The Super User Account. The Administrator Account. Logging In to Your Portal. Administrative Modes. Page Mode Selection. ADMIN and HOST Menu Items. Summary. Chapter 4: Portal and Content Administration. Administrative Functionality. Site Settings. Basic Settings. Advanced Settings. Roles. Managing Roles. Users. Adding Users. Existing Users. Deleting Unauthorized Users. Profile Properties. Permissions. Permissions Grid. Deny Permissions. Inherit View Permissions from Page. Workflow Permissions. Pages. Navigation. Adding and Editing Pages. Modules. Adding Modules to a Page. Module Settings. Managing a Module. Summary. Chapter 5: Creating Your Personal Site. Planning for Your Personal Site. Goals for Your Personal Site. Who Is Your Audience? Essential DNN Setup for a Personal Site. Basic Site Settings. Identifying Your Users in DNN. Establishing the Appearance of Your Site. Organizing the File System. Page Creation and Content Organization. The Home Page. The My Blog Page. The About Me Page. The My Photos Page. Summary. Chapter 6: Creating a League Website. Reasons for a Sport League Site. Setting Up Your Site. Identifying the Site Administrator. Setting Up External Webmaster Tools. Organizing the File System. Establishing Membership Online. Organizing, Creating, and Managing Content. Planning Your Site Map. Applying Permissions. Administering Content with Modules. Announcements Module. Forum Module. Events Module. Summary. Chapter 7: Creating a Small Business Website. Why Use DotNetNuke for Your Small Business Website? Goals for Your Website. Site Administration Considerations. Site Settings. Allowing Users to Manage Services. Creating Secure Pages. Custom Design Considerations. Layouts and Skin Variations. Consistent Navigation Elements. Dynamic Content to Include. Tracking Traffic with Google Analytics. Administering Content. Planning Your Page Structure. Administering Your Store. The Store Admin Module. The Store Catalog Module. The Store Menu Module. The Store Mini-Cart Module. The Store Account Module. Additional Content Options. The FAQ Module. The Feedback Module. Summary. Chapter 8: Advanced Portal Administration. Evaluating Your DNN Environment. Shared File System and Database. Managing Multiple Portals. How Multiple Portals Work. Creating Additional Portals. Managing Files on Your Server. Files Stored by the Host. File Storage and Management. Portal and Page Templates. Portal Templates. Page Templates. Distributing Content Management Responsibilities. Leveraging the Provider Model. Summary. Chapter 9: Your Website Is Up and Running - Now What? Portal Health. Database Health. Pages and Users. Modules and Skin in Use. Backing Up Your Website. When to Back Up. How to Back Up. How to Restore. Upgrading DotNetNuke. Deciding When to Upgrade. Disabling Your Website during an Upgrade. Deciding Which Package to Use. Performing an Upgrade. Upgrading Extensions (Modules and Skins). Setting Up Multiple Environments. Types of Environments. Configuring a New Environment. Rotating Content Using Banners. Managing Vendor Accounts. Banner Placement. Other Uses for Banners. Token Replacement. Sending Newsletters. Basic Settings. The Message of Your E-mail. Advanced Settings. Managing the Recycle Bin. Configuring User Settings. Membership Provider Settings. Password Aging Settings. User Accounts Settings. Advanced Administrative Functionality. Summary. Index.

Author Biography

Christopher Hammond is a technical evangelist with Engage Software. He has worked with DotNetNuke since its inception and has been a DotNetNuke Core Team member for five years. He's the founder of, a site that brings the best DotNetNuke blogs to one, easy-to-use location. Patrick Renner is a project manager at Engage Software, where he oversees a variety of implementations primarily using the DotNetNuke framework and consults on project planning and strategy for DotNetNuke implementations. Shaun Walker is the creator of DotNetNuke and the Wrox DotNetNuke Series editor.
Release date NZ
July 9th, 2009
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
John Wiley & Sons Ltd
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