Introduction

In this day and age, there are a number of tools available to assist you in building a website. DotNetNuke (DNN) is an open source web application framework that is ideal as a content management system (CMS). The open source nature of the project means that DNN is continually growing, making it a powerful and robust system. Individuals, small organizations, and large businesses are all realizing the benefits of using DNN for their websites.

As DNN continues to grow, the number and types of websites built upon the framework expand as well. Websites using DNN vary from personal to corporate, from single portals to multiple enterprise implementations. DNN has been used for sites including:

  • Personal websites

  • Clubs and online communities

  • Small businesses

  • Magazines and newspapers

  • Online social networks

  • Schools

  • Hospitals

  • Not-for-profit organizations

  • Government organizations

  • Corporate intranets and extranets

Although a number of books about DNN are available, most of them are aimed at developers and designers. They are not written in terms that make sense to the common web user. With this book, we've taken the approach that anyone should be able to pick up the book and with its guidance build a website using DNN. With a firm understanding of the administrative tools and implementation choices available in DNN, we encourage you to branch out and extend your knowledge of the framework, but to make the most of this great tool it's important to understand all the features that make building ...

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