Category Archives: DNN Module

Bulk Emailer–Customer Review

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I wanted to place this review on the DNN store but there is no review button in my download page for your product. It may be because it is an old order or product version. Please would you turn it on so I can post it and feel free to post it with my name on your site.

Regards

Richard Sletcher

If you have not yet used the InteractiveWebs email module you don’t know what you are missing. It is spectacular. The system is vast and would require a manual to list all the super cool features but let me give you some of my highlights.

  1. The user interface is clean and extremely user friendly.
  2. You are able to send SMS and email
  3. The inclusion of MyTokens allows you to personalize at a whole new level. Let me rave for a moment…

Imagine you have a list of restaurant clients containing FirstName, LastName, BirthDay, FoodPreference. You could send out an email like this…

Dear [MyToken:FirstName]

Your birthday is coming up in [MyToken:DaysToBirthday] and we would like to help you celebrate by offering you a 20% on [MyToken:MealPreference]. 

Regards

Richard

… Get the idea?

The best part is that you can automate the entire process. You simply build a list of all people having a birthday in 5 days time and then tell the email to run every day. Each day the system builds a list of people with upcoming birthdays and sends an email or SMS all driven from your internal data. 

  1. You can schedule the emails to run in intervals as small as a seconds apart and as large as a years apart.
  2. And the best of all… The InteractiveWebs team is totally on the ball when it comes to support.

OK… ENOUGH! 

This is a killer module and I recommend that you take the time to try it out.

Richard – one seriously happy InteractiveWebs customer!

Network You – New DotNetNuke YouTube Video Module

imageRecently we launched a new website called Network You. The site can be found at networkyou.org.

Of particular interest on the site is a new module or ours soon to be released to the DotNetNuke Community called Mushroom Video Module.

The module will feed Youtube Play Lists from youtube.com directly into your site in an easy to manage and easy to use video feed.

 

The end result of the feeds looks like this:

 

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http://www.networkyou.org/Network/GlobalVillage.aspx

With the video feeds being selected directly from a play list selector button that referenced a YouTube account name.

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The module also uses the template system developed by InteractiveWebs for the display system that allows simple to load templates to be customized to the users requirements.

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An example of the module with multiple feeds onto a single page is this one: http://www.networkyou.org/Network/Professionals/VideoTopics.aspx

We will be releasing the module to the public in the next few weeks. We would love to hear any comments!

Bing Ajax Control over HTTPS or HTTP Secure SSL

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Today we updated some code in our Contact Details module for DotNetNuke.

The module makes it easy to add your contact details to a page in DNN.

There is a map control function that uses Bing Maps that can be seen in the demo here: http://www.interactivewebs.com/contactdetails/Demo.aspx

We have updated the module today to support the use of SSL or https connections to the page that contains the module.

How we did this

So here are the two ways to add the Bing Ajax control to your page in HTTP or HTTPS:

HTTP:

<script src=”http://ecn.dev.virtualearth.net/mapcontrol/mapcontrol.ashx?v=6.3” type="text/javascript"></script>

HTTPS:

<script src=”https://ecn.dev.virtualearth.net/mapcontrol/mapcontrol.ashx?v=6.3&s=1” type="text/javascript"></script>

Now on the HTTPS version notice I changed the URL to start with HTTPS, this is what pulls from the secure site over at the good Bing folks. Also notice I added the “s” parameter and set it to 1, default is 0, this tells the Bing API to get the image tiles for the map from HTTPS.

Why? you ask.

Well it seems that the API determines what protocol to use for JavaScript and other parts from the document.location.protocol, however when it comes to the map tiles it looks to a global setting that is set based on the parameter being passed.

Setting Mushroom Lite Template for DNN 6x Default Skin

DotNetNuke 6x has a great looking default skin called DarkKnight, and the skin design has previously caused some layout issues with the Mushroom Light Module Templates.

To correct this, we have created two new templates that are designed specifically to work with the DarkKnight skin in DotNetNuke.

Called:

  • DarkKnight-Small
  • DarkKnight-Large

They produce the following results…

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With the Large template being the content on the left, and the bottom right showing the content of the small template.

This makes the module perfect for use with DotNetNuke 6x our of the box.

 

How to Set the Templates

The templates are selected through the normal RSS Template Tab in the module.

1. Select Load Template Button

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2. Select the appropriate template and press the select button.

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That will load the new templates and be ready to use on your site.

DNN Word Editor Ready for DotNetNuke 06.00.00

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Today we released a version of Word Editor that is ready and tested on DotNetNuke 06.00.00 release.

The popular Word Editor module allows users to edit the content of HTML on a DotNetNuke website using Microsoft Word 2007 or later.

If you have not seen the module, check out the website here:

http://www.interactivewebs.com/dnnwordeditor/AboutDNNWordEditor.aspx

Or the online demo here: http://demo.interactivewebs.com.au/dnnwordeditor_demo/dnnwordeditor_demo.htm

DotNetNuke Automated Backlink Module

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Today we released an update to the Automatic Backlink Module for DotNetNuke.

Details of the update are available here: http://www.interactivewebs.com/automaticlinkbuilder/Support/VersionHistory.aspx

But include improvements on the way site monitoring is handled and the way the module works with the known GZIP issues.

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An example of the module can be seen here: http://www.interactivewebs.com/Admin/DotNetNukeWebsites.aspx?&action=add

where you can add your site for back linking.

DotNetNuke Users Online Gadget Widget iPhone App

Today we have released a new version of our Users Online gadget is getting ready for our iPhone app release that will support this module.

Today we have released a new version of the DotNetNuke Users Online Gadget module that allows you to monitor your website from:

  • Windows Gadget
  • Mac Widget
  • Google Gadget

Todays update can be seen here: http://www.interactivewebs.com/usersonline/Support/VersionHistory.aspx

and is getting the module ready for the pending release of our iPhone app that will allow you to connect and monitor your site directly on your iPhone.

Configuring Users Online Gadget Widget App

imageMonitoring your DotNetNuke users is easy with the DotNetNuke Users Online Gadget Widget App.

After Installing the DNN Module, you add it to a page on your DotNetNuke website as you would any other module.

The page can be visible to the public or visible to only administrators. Either way the module will function fine.

Once on the site the module will display something like this.

 

 

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Steps to Using the Gadget Widget App on your site

1. Download the appropriate Gadget, Widget or App by selecting the “Click do Download” link at the top of the module.

2. Install the Gadget to your local website.

3. Enter the configuration of the Gadget / Widget as you would any others on your local computer.

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4. In the Settings for the Gadget / Widget enter a Title to use to identify the site you are connecting to. The title will display in the top of the gadget.

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5. Then enter the URL for your site, remembering to use the child portal name if you are on a child portal. For Example:

Parent Portal: http://www.interactivewebs.com

Child Portal: http://www.interactivewebs.com/usersonline

(Where UsersOnline is the Child Portal name)

6. Enter a refresh cycle for the gadget / widget to run off to your site and retrieve new data. (Recommended 300 seconds).

OK and you are done!

Note:

Clicking on the Users name in the Gadget will deliver you to the sites user profile page.

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Eating Our Own Dogfood – InteractiveWebs

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We “Eat our Own Dog food”; as the saying goes (user our own software), and use the module on our own site in many locations. Have a look at these pages, much of the content is from our blog site here:

www.interactivewebs.com/blog

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http://www.interactivewebs.com/feedbackdesigner/Support/HelpandSupport.aspx

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http://www.interactivewebs.com/mushroom-image/Support/HelpandSupport.aspx

Check out the links and the way the Mushroom Lite Module for DotNetNuke works.

Mushroom Lite Module for DotNetNuke

Mushroom Lite Module for DotNetNuke is a module developed to bring rich content in an RSS feed directly into your DNN website.

We created the module to fill a particular need we have that would allow us to bring a WordPress blog to DNN, but it could be any sort of blog, or any RSS feed with images and text.

An Example

Our blog is at: http://www.interactivewebs.com/blog

We use WordPress to power the blog, because it is extremely powerful as blog technology, and far superior to many other blog technologies available.

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The blog allows RSS feeds of almost every item listing, either by cloud tag, or category. It is one of the powerful features of WordPress. If you click on a Category such as iPhone, you receive this web view: http://www.interactivewebs.com/blog/index.php/category/apple-mac/

and if you add /feed/ to the end of that URL, you will be given the same content in an RSS feed.

http://www.interactivewebs.com/blog/index.php/category/apple-mac/feed/

Shown in Internet Explorer

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The same content can then be fed into the InteractiveWebs Mushroom Lite DotNetNuke Module using the same URL as above.

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Giving a great result on page. Note that the module is automatically pulling

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So in this way, you can bring your blog content in the form of an RSS feed directly to the page of your DotNetNuke website, and display it in style.

Best of all, the module allows you to customize the layout using CSS, jQuery and a template.

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With Loading Effect also controlled by template, allowing you to select a number of effects.

The last tab on the module shows the installed version, and if there are any updates available past the version installed.

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Look and Feel

With the images pulled from you RSS feeds, you can set the image display size.

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Set the number of characters pulled from the feed source:

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with the automatic truncation of the content stream.

Linking to the Full Content

The module allows for the reader of your page to click on the content and view the original stream in several styles:

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With handy information sharing links built into the popup:

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There are also options that allows for sorting the feed:

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To allow you to use the module and it’s feeds in different ways. For example we use the post on this page.

http://www.interactivewebs.com/mushroom-lite/Support/HelpandSupport.aspx

to provide a help and support for one of our other modules. The posts in this page were done with the most relevant to least, so the content we want at the top of the page remains there.

Caching

An important part of performance is that the module does not hit an RSS stream each time the page loads. We have provided for this with server site caching, controlled within the module.

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Allowing you to define how frequently the module reloads the RSS stream with new content.

For more information and demonstration, see our site here:

http://www.interactivewebs.com/mushroom-lite/MushroomLite.aspx

Description Field Templates for Picasa–Desc

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Google Picasa has the ability to enter a description for an image. That description text is usually an explanation of what the image is about.

We have the ability to access this description text of images using the token: ${item.description} within the template.

To make this easy, we have added a second template to the templates within this module, using the same name but with “Desc” in the name.

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Where The – Dec versions of the templates like the Light box-Desc will display the description text.

The templates remain editable as usual, to those of you who are skilled with HTML, CSS etc. We just thought it would be best to include these templates to simplify the process.