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Building Websites with VB.NET and DotNetNuke 3.0

Daniel N. Egan

A practical guide to creating and maintaining your own website with DotNetNuke, the free, open source evolution of Microsoft's IBuySpy Portal
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Book Details

ISBN 139781904811275
Paperback312 pages

About This Book

  • Create and manage your own website with DotNetNuke
  • Customize and enhance your site with skins and custom modules
  • Extend your site with forums and the best of third-party add-ons
  • Complete coverage of setup, administration, and development

Chapter 7 - Creating Custom Modules I and II

Chapter 7 - Creating Custom Modules III and IV

Who This Book Is For

This book has been written for both the beginner wanting to set up a website and also ASP.NET developers with a grasp of VB.NET and access to Visual Studio .NET. No prior knowledge of DotNetNuke is assumed.

The new features of DotNetNuke 3.0 are discussed extensively, so even if you have worked with previous versions of DotNetNuke, you will find something new.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: What Is DotNetNuke?
The DotNetNuke Community
The License Agreement
Coffee Connections
Chapter 2: Installing DotNetNuke
Installing DotNetNuke (Local Version)
Setting Security Permissions
Logging In as Admin and Changing Passwords
Chapter 3: Users, Roles, and Pages
User Accounts
Understanding DotNetNuke Roles
Understanding DotNetNuke Pages and tabIDs
Membership Provider Model
Chapter 4: Standard DotNetNuke Modules
DotNetNuke Modules
Standard Modules
Chapter 5: Host and Admin Tools
The Difference Between Host and Admin
Admin Tools
Host Tools
Chapter 6: Understanding the DotNetNuke Core Architecture
Architecture Overview
Diving into the Core
Putting It All Together
Chapter 7: Creating Custom Modules
Coffee Shop Listing Module Overview
Packaging Your Module for Distribution
Chapter 8: Creating DotNetNuke Skins
What Are Skins?
What Are Containers?
Uploading Skins and Containers
Applying Skins
Creating Custom Skins
Packaging Your Custom Skins and Containers
Chapter 9: Enhancing Your Portal
Must-Have Modules to Enhance Your Portal
Finding Custom Modules
Chapter 10: Deploying Your DNN Portal
Acquiring a Domain Name
Finding a Hosting Provider
Preparing Your Local Site
Setting Up the Database
FTP Your Files
Chapter 11: Creating Multiple Portals
Multiple Portals
Parent Portals Versus Child Portals
Creating Portal Templates
Using the Site Wizard
Managing Multiple Portals
Chapter 12: Implementing the Provider Model in DotNetNuke
What Is an HTML Editor?
What Is an HTML Editor Provider?
HTML Editor Provider

What You Will Learn

This book will give you the skills to create and manage DotNetNuke websites as quickly as possible. You will:

  • Install and configure DotNetNuke
  • Use the standard modules
  • Understand the core architecture of DotNetNuke
  • Explore the inner workings of DotNetNuke modules
  • Extend DotNetNuke with by creating powerful custom modules
  • Create your own skin using a HTML Editor
  • Learn about the new Whidbey style Provider Model
  • Find out about where and how to host and deploy your site


In Detail

DotNetNuke is a free, open source evolution of Microsoft's celebrated ASP.NET reference implementation, the IBuySpy Portal Solution Kit. DotNetNuke began life as a framework for constructing data-driven intranet and Internet portal applications. It has now developed into an advanced web content management system with tools to manage a dynamic and interactive data-driven website.

If you work with ASP.NET and VB.NET, and want an interactive website, with forums, news and image management, where visitors can register, participate and contribute to your site, then DotNetNuke is the ideal solution for you. This book is your indispensable guide to creating content-rich websites with DotNetNuke 3.0, as quickly as possible.

The first part of this book gives you a deep understanding of working with basic DotNetNuke sites, guiding you through the features and giving you the confidence to create and manage your own site. After that, you will journey to the heart of DotNetNuke, and learn about its core architecture. From there, you will learn how to customize DotNetNuke sites through skinning and creating custom modules.

Enhancing your site with forums and ecommerce functionality, creating multiple sites and deploying your site round off the book. You will master each of these topics as you leap into the development of a DotNetNuke 3.0 site.


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