We’ve just gotten done with the October episode of DNNHangout – this time featuring longtime DNN community member and skin designer, Tracy Wittenkeller. You may or may not have heard of Tracy, but he’s the man behind the team that brings you T-Worx and DNN Magazine. Chance are that you’ve already used or purchase one of his skins at some point. Tracy walks us through some new and exciting techniques that his company is applying to their new skins to help use contemporary design techniques, while at the same time making the content editing experience accessible to the average content editor. From what we could see, he’s taken this a long way to fill in that gap and by using a lot of existing DNN features!
I don’t know if you deal with as many websites as I do, but I’ve been dealing with other peoples DNN sites since I first began dabbling with it over a decade ago. (Boy, does that make me feel old!) Restoring the website from someone else’s environment to test, troubleshoot, and fix an issue isn’t a major issue as long as you have some experience with IIS, SQL Server, and Windows. However, the testing you need to do often requires access to multiple accounts. This is the problem. Duplicating those accounts is either non-trivial, or time consuming. So why not just reset all of their passwords?
It’s been a LONG time since I began and last updated the “participate” blog series. A lot of things have changed since then. I am at a new company. Shaun Walker moved on too. Joe Brinkman is now leading community. Charles Nurse took over as the Chief Architect. The DNN core is now much more open for contributions, and so many more changes. Regardless to your personal opinions, there is a bright future for DNN. Part of this is the introduction of working groups, one of which is the Training working group that I am leading – and I need your help. Nay… The COMMUNITY needs your help!
Joe Brinkman and I have begun hosting a monthly show called DNNHangout. In each episode we will talk to you about recent DNN news, events, and anything else that might be useful to the DNN community. We also will be talking to and showcasing a speaker that will present an interesting topic that you can apply on your own DNN site.
If you’re not sure what a Google Hangout is, well… You’ve been under a rock for a while. Simply put, this is a very easy and web-based way to talk to someone face-to-face, from any nearly web-based device that has a web browser. You can do this one-on-one like with Skype, or you can use this for more of a public webinar kind of use case. It’s part of the whole Google+ suite of features. Even if you’re not actively using Google+, this feature is pretty sweet. It’s amazing what they’re able to enable you to do with a web browser! If you’re doing the latter, you might want to read on…
It has been over two years since the first DNN Super Fan was crowned. The DNN Super Fan contest has become a very fun event that a lot of the community looks forward to. A handful of folks submit themselves as being the most passionate fans of DNN by creating a contest entry and then the community votes for their favorite. This regularly results in a lot of fun “marketing” done by the entrants and voters as they try to bribe others in the community for their votes. Year three of the DNN Super Fan contest starts now and anyone can win!
The most common issues and questions that I come across on a daily basis are very often a result of not knowing the DNN Platform as well as it could be known. Like with any tool, the better you know it, how to manipulate it, the best techniques behind it, and so on… The better that you will be at using that tool. The faster you will be at accomplishing tasks with the right solution. Every solution is only as good as the people that run it. This is your opportunity to walk away with the critical knowledge that is foundational to you being the best DNN resource that you can be – and have a blast with others in the DNN community at the same time.
This is the second post in a series of blog posts that will focus on ways that you can participate in DNN in some way. Participation is incredibly important. Without it, any community will suffer, and an open source community like ours knows this all too well if you look at the history of open source. After all, what good is any project if no one is using it. Luckily, we have had the luxury of millions of users, nearly a million production sites, over a thousand eco-system vendors & system integrators, and more. We have thrived more than most. However, like I stated before, there are a ton of ways for you to participate. If you’re new to DNN, this post will help you help others by answering questions.
This is going to be the first of a series of blog posts introducing you to ways that you can participate in some way with DNN. You don’t need to be technical, a programmer, or a graphic designer to participate. You can be ANYONE. Participation is the cornerstone to any community and our community is larger than most. Our community is also geared around open source software, giving us numerous ways to participate. Since the ways to participate have become so broad even over the last couple of years, I thought it might be worth pointing them all out for those of you that might like to do so.
You should already be aware, but there is an incredibly active and vibrant user group in Charlotte, North Carolina called Queen City DotNetNuke User Group or QCDUG. These folks were also the masterminds behind the Day of DotNetNuke Charlotte last year. When they agreed to do another event this year, I couldn’t even tell you how excited I was because last year was so awesome! These gentlemen sure did not disappoint when they organized and held their second event, this time branded in a fun way as Southern Fried DNN! What a great way to participate in our community!