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My name is Will Strohl. I am a former employee of DNN Corp., a leader, technologist, gamer, and more...


Presentation: Building a DNN Module in Minutes

Central California .Net User Group Meeting 20150319

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. 


DNN Hangout - March 2015 - Basics of DNN and Microsoft Azure

DNN Hangout March 2015: Jared Shockley

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. 


DNN Hangout - February 2015 - Discussing the DNN 7.4 Release

DNN Hangout - Discussing the DNN 7.4 Release

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.


DNN Hangout - January 2014 - Beautiful DNN Sites & SaaS in DNN

DNN Hangout with Inno Software (Aaron & Dylan Lopez)

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. 


DNNHangout - December 2014 - Page Templates & How to Streamline Content Setup

DNNHangout: Interview with Aderson Oliveira & Learn about DNN templates

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!


Presentation: DNN Database Tips and Tricks

Hotcakes Commerce Presents: DNN Database Tips & Tricks

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.


DNNCon Presentation: Easily Build Customized E-Commerce in DNN Featuring Hotcakes Commerce

Hotcakes Commerce Swag at DNNCon 2014

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.


DNNCon Presentation – Flexible Project Setup for Teams and Complicated Applications

Flexible Project Set-Up for Teams and Complicated Applications

One of the sessions I presented at DNNCon Palm Beach 2014 was greatly inspired by all of you.  During my years consulting and then into my time training large companies at DNN Corp, I kept getting a common question, “how do I do this with large/enterprise teams?”  It’s way too easy to try and walk them through doing all of the hard work of trying work around the single-developer project architecture that you’re used to seeing in videos and wiki articles – but that’s not the answer they’re looking for.  If you have a complicated project and/or a team of 2 or more people working on code that’s all supposed to work together, there has to be a far simpler solution – and there is!


DNNHangout – November 2014 – Beautiful Content and Apps Featuring Daniel Mettler

Daniel Mettler of 2sic

I had the pleasure of meeting Daniel Mettler in Italy this past June.  He is quite easily one of the most interesting people I have ever met.  Once we began broadcasting the DNN Hangout shows, I could not wait to schedule Daniel for an interview, and while we had to wait for a while, Daniel did not disappoint with his interview and presentation.  He even performed his demo on his live 2 Sexy Content website.  During his interview, we learned about how 2sic became a company, killing pigs, spear fishing – oh, and we spoke about DNN as well! 


DNNHangout – October 2014 – Cool Skinning Tricks for DNN Featuring Tracy Wittenkeller

Tracy Wittenkeller of T-Worx in DNN Community Hangout

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!


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