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DNN and Community Server

Tips I got from the Umbraco community

I’m not a Umbraco expert, actually I never did a real website in Umbraco till now. So being a developer that tries to adopt agile methodologies and tries to remove as much “friction” as possible I was a bit disappointed by the development and deployment experience in Umbraco. But the great community compensate pretty well the missing features (at least missing for my scenario) of Umbraco, and at the end my site came out fine, and thanks to their suggestion I’m now a much better “umbraco developer”. I want to share with you some of the suggestion I received...

Problem with Spam? Waegis to the rescue

One of the problem of having a blog with a Google PageRank higher than 3 is that you get flooded by a storm of spam. Be it comment spam or trackback spam it's a waste of server resources and, if not filtered, could fill your blog with tons of sex related links and more. Last year Subtext included a integration with Akismet, the de-facto only spam blocking service available for free on the net. But last autumn I received more than 1000 spam trackback in one day and more than 30.000 on the same day in my Italian blog...

Community Credit add-on for Community Server 2007

A few years ago I developed an add-on for Community Server 2.0 to automatically submit contributions to the Community Credit website. Yesterday I finally found the time to test it with the latest version of Community Server (version 2007), I made some small changes and published it on my public code repository on Google Code. How does it work? For those who don't know what Community Credit is I suggest he goes and visit the site and the post I wrote about it more than a year ago "Get Credits for you Community involvement". The main...

Congratulation FCKeditor!!!

DotNetNuke team just announced that DNN 4.5+ will move to FCKeditor as the default rich text editor on all the portal pages, replacing the previously used FTB. This is a big achievement for Frederico Caldeira Knabben that started that project in March 2003 and that was awarded as SF Project of the Month in December 2005. I've been a member of that team for a long time, and I developed the java connector. Here a public thank you that Fred said when he was interviewed by  SF for the POTM award: I would also like to leave here a...

Community Server back on the right track

After raising a swarm of hornets with the new Community Server 2007 license model (and I was among that hornets, too) and all the feedback received on the official forum, Rob Howard has just announced some changes in the license. Now there are 2 different scenarios: non-commercial commercial For the non-commercial, they raised the limit of the free to 10 blogs, 15 forum, 10 photo galley, and added a "Personal Edition" which costs 99$ but is unlimited. For the commercial license they changes the names of the editions and raised the limits to 25 and to 100 (for the...

No more free communities with Community Server

Telligent just released the new Licensing Guide for Community Server 2007. The new Community Server 2007, new name for the CS v3.0, has a lot of new features. Above all there is a new dynamic theme engine named Chameleon, that makes the development of new skins more easy than with the previous version. It should also allow non tech person to change the appearance of the site with a sort of WYSIWYG editor for themes. But is post is not about the new features of CS 3.0, but is about the new licensing (here the complete PDF): basically the free license will enforce only...

DotNetNuke drops support for .NET 1.1

Just before Christmas a new version of DotNetNuke has been released. 4.4.0 is the new version number and, unlikely the previous releases, it is not accompanied by a 3.4.0 version: this means that there won't be any more .NET 1.1 compatible DNN release. And, IMHO, who needs new 1.1 compatible releases? The 4.4 has many new features, mainly concerning performance and scalability improvements. Here is the the release announcement. To have a better understanding of which are the new performance improvements I recommend reading the posts that Shaun Walker wrote almost a month ago: Windows Hosting Performance & Scalability Performance Enhancements One...