Manage web content more productively with DNN 7.0, our easiest-to-use & most powerful version ever
DNN 7.0 makes creating and managing content-rich websites, social intranets and online communities easier than ever, with benefits for web content editors, enterprises, web designers and web developers. It's our easiest to use version and provides new features to make you more productive. DNN 7.0 is also our most advanced development framework to date, allowing you to build powerful web applications. With support for Active Directory and SharePoint Lists, DNN 7.0 can also be seamlessly integrated with popular enterprise applications.
What's New in DNN 7.0?
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For Content Editors:
DotNetNuke 7.0 includes a brand new control panel for managing your site. Each menu has been updated to offer a more intuitive experience. We've even made it possible for end users to personalize the menu by creating their own bookmarks within the menu.The Host and Admin menus include areas for common items, advanced items and personal bookmarks. The Modules, Pages and Users menu items provide quick access to common features in those areas.
Navigating page-by-page while in edit mode has never been the most efficient way to navigate a DotNetNuke site. Edit mode increases the overall page payload and browser rendering. In DotNetNuke 7.0, users are now always in View mode.The Edit Page menu gives the user the ability to quickly toggle edit mode along with providing quick access to common page tasks.
DNN 7.0 has View Mode as the default view for all users. You can also choose to select "Stay in Edit Mode" which switches the default view to edit mode. The default View Mode improves page rendering and response time for general purposes.
DotNetNuke 7.0 brings back Drag-n-Drop and it's better than ever You can now drag modules between panes and from the control panel to a pane while in edit mode.
For DotNetNuke installs with multiple sites, there is a fairly common need for the ability share content across different sites. In DNN 7.0 Professional and Enterprise Edition, you now have the ability to share modules across multiple sites within the same DotNetNuke instance. Sharing the HTML module is very simple. Just choose "Add Existing Module" from the Modules menu then select the site that contains the module you would like to share. Next, choose the page where the module exists and you will see a list of shareable modules come sliding across.
In DNN 7.0 we have removed the Manage button in favor of a new approach that will provide greater consistency with skins. The Manage button has been replaced by an Actions menu that properly separates common module tasks. You will see three icons that represent Edit, Manage and Move. The Edit menu will be used for module defined actions. The Manage menu is used for settings and admin tasks. The Move menu is used to move a module between panes when drag-n-drop isn't available.
Have you ever been working on a piece of content and have your browser crash? Maybe you thought you were trying to clean up a few browser windows and accidentally closed the wrong window. If you have been a victim of lost HTML work you will love the new auto save feature. Simply enable the Auto Save option from the HTML Module Settings window and you'll manage content easier knowing that your hard work is being saved in the background.
Have you ever wanted to know what changed in a piece of content between versions? DotNetNuke makes it easy for you to keep track of multiple versions of your content, but now we have made it even better! With Version Compare, you can easily see the difference between each stored version of content. You can choose to highlight the actual text changes, or for those that want even more detail you can switch to HTML view and see the actual code that was changed.
The Dark Knight skin has had a good run, but it was time for Awesome Cycles to step up their game. The clean and simple Gravity skin is a great example for designers to use to become familiar with the CSS improvements with 7.0.
The first thing you will notice is that the installer has been updated. Not only have we updated the look and feel, but we also simplified the overall install process. You shouldn’t have to click through a series of screens in order to just get your website running. With the 7.0 installer we have taken an approach that allows for the application to be installed quickly, but also provides you with the ability to configure advanced features if you wish.
The first thing you will see after you have completed the install is our new Getting Started page. The 7.0 Getting Started page includes quick access to two intro videos, the new Advanced Settings page and quick links to community resources.
Enterprise users can now login using their Active Directory credentials. This provides the added security and simplicity of single sign-on across multiple web sites that complies with the organization’s existing security policies.
Available exclusively in the DotNetNuke Enterprise Edition, the Microsoft SharePoint Connector enables fast, secure publishing of documents stored in SharePoint to public web sites, extranets or intranets. You can securely manage your document library within SharePoint and selectively publish specific documents using the flexible, cost effective DNN platform. DNN 7.0 extends your SharePoint investment by adding support for popular SharePoint Lists in our Microsoft SharePoint Connector.
DNN 7.0 makes it easy to create beautiful and engaging web sites with an overhauled CSS foundation that improves cross-browser compatibility, extends standards compliance and increases site performance. DNN 7.0 provides standard form patterns that designers can reuse or extend to build frequently used user-interface elements.
A new style guide provides an easy way for skin developers to see how headings, buttons, lists and HTML content types will be rendered . Designers can then quickly customize and adjust their CSS to optimize new design skins.
DNN 7.0 gives developers the ability to build and expose secure web services through the DNN Service Framework, which is now based on Microsoft’s Web API. The included jQuery, jQueryUI and Knockout.js libraries make it even easier for developers to utilize web services to create modern, interactive client-side applications.
Data access has been simplified through the introduction of a micro-ORM, allowing simpler and more secure database interactions with fewer lines of code.
With the baseline DNN platform requirements moving to ASP.NET 4.0, Razor is now a first class citizen in the framework for developing advanced modules with full support for packaging and distributions. ASP.NET Razor is now optimized for developing dynamic extensions and for combining code and content in a fluid and expressive manner.