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DotNetNuke (DNN) & myhosting.com – A Beginner’s Guide – Part 1 of 3

by alanb on August 19, 2008

Welcome to 3 part series of our blog posting about DotNetNuke. We will start by talking about what DotNetNuke is all about. Then in part two we will talk about how to install DNN using your myhosting.com account. We will end our series by showing you how to create your first DNN page. We hope you will enjoy this series.

A Brief Intro to DNN -  What is DNN?

Here is what DotNetNuke for Dummies book says about DNN:

DNN revolutionizes common notions of consumer-oriented Web Publishing by putting enormous power, affordably, into the hands of regular people. Whereas most tools for creating Web sits just let you type a little text and change a few colors and graphics, DotNetNuke makes it possible for anyone to secure private information, host interactive content, and transact real business.

One of the great things about the Internet is that it levels the playing field when it comes to competing with the big boys. Whether you are a private individual, a sole proprietor, or a small business owner, an interactive Web site that engages your audience can project an image of professionalism previously achievable only by a much larger company. However, the inverse of that statement is also true: Many Web sites of larger companies, even international conglomerates, are so woefully sleep-inducing that nobody will remember where they are, much less care to return to them.

If the Internet is teaching us one thing, it’s that value is vastly increased through interaction. That means that your Web site should not only share your own information, but make it possible for others who share interest in that information to expand upon it, comment on it, rate it, add to it, subscribe to it, email to it and so on.

The good news is DotNetNuke.

Here is what DNN’s official site http://www.dotnetnuke.com says about their product:

DotNetNuke is an open-source Web Application Framework ideal for creating and deploying projects such as commercial websites, corporate intranets and extranets, online publishing portals, and custom vertical applications.

DotNetNuke is provided as open-source software, licensed under a BSD agreement. In general, this license grants the general public permission to obtain the software free-of-charge. It also allows individuals to do whatever they wish with the application framework, both commercially and non-commercially, with the simple requirement of giving credit back to the DotNetNuke project community.

DotNetNuke is built on a Microsoft ASP.NET (VB.NET) platform, and is easily installed and hosted. With a growing community of over 440,000 users, and a dedicated base of programming professionals, support for DotNetNuke is always close at hand.

As you have already understood, DNN is a great platform for building interactive and secure web sites. It comes with lots of nice features and the price can not get any better, how about FREE?

If you are a myhosting.com customer and your platform is Windows 2008 then you can install and start using your DNN site with one click.

Why the name DotNetNuke? Will it blow up?

If you were a geek then the word NUKE would give you couple of hints about what to expect from the program. But for regular people like us, it may not mean anything. DotNetNuke’s ancestors come from Linux Platform and they all carry the word NUKE in their name. Such as phpNuke, PostNuke. These programs started a revolution which DotNetNuke continued. DotNetNuke runs on Windows platform, not Linux and it requires a middleware application called .NET which is pronounced as dot net hence the name DotNetNuke was born.

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{ 5 comments }

Rusher January 7, 2011 at 10:34 AM

I’d never heard the word NUKE before, so I guess I’m not a geek, although I’m sure my wife would disagree. Interesting explanation of this term.

WrigleyF January 20, 2011 at 9:29 AM

I agree with what DNN says: web publishing programs like this really do level the playing field between small and large businesses.

Randy5 June 15, 2011 at 9:27 AM

I’m amazed at the number of ways DNN increases online interaction. Most people love to add their two cents, and DNN basically gives them every manner of doing so possible.

silkysmooth December 7, 2011 at 10:16 AM

i’m very happy myhosting.com offers dotnetnuke, as well as setup tutorials. i can’t think of a better framework for creating a secure office intranet.

Stoddard February 15, 2012 at 7:06 AM

It’s free, it’s opensource, you can do whatever you want to the framework so long as you credit the community. Man, what’s not to like about DotNetNuke?

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