DotNetNuke 7.0 gets full makeover

Redesigned interface aimed at non-technical users

This week, DotNetNuke released version 7.0 of their open source web content management tool based on Microsoft's (NASDAQ: MSFT) .net. The tool has been completely reworked to make the interface more friendly and easier to use. The product is aimed at building websites, as well as internal and external communities.

The upgrade was aimed at making the tool easier to use for non-technical end users so that they could upgrade the website without assistance. What's more, a new control panel enables users to bookmark frequently-used controls, and to drag and drop modules on to a page, thereby providing a way to create modules once and share them among different sites.

Brad Laing, manager of custom application support for the City and County of Denver, says it should make it easier for his staff to use the tools. "The new interface will make it much easier for our more than 300 content contributors to update their web pages and sites on over 100 city and county web portals," he said. He also likes the ability to share modules, which means his staff can create something once, then share it among different sites where it's relevant.

It also integrates directly with SharePoint lists. Again, making it easier to make use of existing assets, rather than having to recreate them specifically for the DotNetNuke environment.

The editor also automatically saves posts so you don't have the problem (that happens in the Fierce CMS occasionally) of losing your work if something goes wrong and you forgot to save.

But it's not just end users that benefit from this update. Enterprises can take advantage of new support for Active Directory integration to make it simpler to log into DotNetNuke websites. Frankly, I'm surprised that it's taken to version 7.0 to have this integration in a product that is so aligned with a Microsoft platform.

And developers get new stuff too, including the ability to expose secure new web services through the DNN Services Framework, which is based on the latest Microsoft Web API.

For more information, including additional details on features available in this release:
- see the DotNetNuke press release

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