It’s been several years since I last updated the skin on my site. Thanks to Ralph Williams, the site is looking really good again and it’s responsive. If you need a new design for your site, I highly recommend him. However, the process to get to this blog post was quite tumultuous – chock full of hours troubleshooting and continuous frustration spread over the past week. Simply put, my site “appeared” to be loading okay whenever I came to it, but I rarely browsed my own site. The process of rolling out my new design had revealed to me that this couldn’t be further from the truth.
I’ve been in the software industry for much longer than I’d care to admit at this point. That’s another blog post though. Much of it has been centered around building products. One of the things that seems to not go away is the expectation that a software trial is infinite, or free. Regardless to whether you pay a single penny, trials aren’t free. They cost companies money - even if you’re evaluating it on your own computer. The moment you move from evaluation to development, you’re hurting the company that builds the software. Here’s how…
We’ve been doing the DNN Hangout for almost a year now. The primary focus for each hangout is to help the community know what’s going on in the community and the overall ecosystem. This hangout seems to have captured that focus far better than any prior. We invited the founding members of the DNN-Connect Association: Peter Donker, Philipp Becker, and Vicenç Masanas. In this hangout, we learn more about the founders, what DNN-Connect is, and about the very near DNN-Connect 2015 event.
I’ve always been passionate about helping people learn more about DNN and use it in new and creative ways. I noticed that Sean Gahan was giving a presentation at the Central California .Net User Group in Fresno, CA. (They told me this area is also called Clovis.) I immediately contacted the, because I was hoping that they might be streaming the user group meeting. Unfortunately, this wasn’t the case, but they invited me to speak.
This month, we talk to our first Microsoft employee, Jared Shockley. Interestingly enough, he wasn’t technically a Microsoft employee when we originally scheduled him to appear as a guest speaker. We spoke to Jared about how he found DNN, what it was and is like to work for Microsoft (since this is his second time with the company), and we dive into some of the first things you need to know before starting with Microsoft Azure.
With DNN 7.4 coming out on our scheduled broadcast of this month’s DNN Hangout, it only made sense for us to switch things around and talk about the release. There are several nuggets of goodness that the community will enjoy in 7.4. We spent this entire DNN Hangout talking about what went into the latest DNN release and what it means to you.
One of my favorite things about the DNN community is meeting new people and learning about what they’re doing with DNN. I first stumbled across Aaron Lopez a few years ago when he submitted himself for the first DNN Super Fan Contest. Unfortunately, he didn’t win, but his entry was good enough for me to remember who he was. Since then, he has been contributing to the DNN community a lot through twitter. Perhaps other places as well, but that’s where I see him. One day, he announced a new site that their company released and I couldn’t tell it was DNN. I had to learn more. This led to him publishing a blog on the topic and then he and his brother volunteered to come on the show to talk about some of the things they’ve learned with DNN.
As one of the more prominent producers of DNN video content, it seemed only logical that we should invite Aderson Oliveira of DNNHero to come and speak to us. He instantly suggested that we speak about templates in DNN and how they can be used to streamline content creation. As a huge fan of templates myself, I was excited about his presentation immediately. Not only did he not disappoint, but he covered nearly every aspect on this topic. So much so, that Joe and I really didn’t have any questions – and neither did our audience!
If you’re arriving to this blog for the first time, you may not know that I’ve been working with DNN nearly since it was released. That’s well over 10 years of managing DNN sites of various sizes, purposes, and deployments. This experience has ranged from businesses that run on the platform, to running subsets of an organizations web properties on it, and more. During my consulting days, I saw all kinds of DNN sites. This wide range of challenges has resulted in learning a large number of things – including how to leverage SQL Server to solve problems in a creative way. That’s what this session was about.
The past few weeks have been a blur for us here at Hotcakes Commerce for quite a few reasons… We were highly involved at DNNCon Palm Beach 2014. This is the third consecutive DNN event that we’ve sponsored and attended. We not only sponsored this time, but we also co-organized, provided a training track, presented 2 sessions, and emceed the event. It’s always great to participate with the DNN community and this time we took it to a whole new level.