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How to Write Blogging with Markdown in DNN

Markdown plus DNN Blogging

As anothe post [Markdown Support with DNN Blog Posts] said, our blogging module called SunBlog currently supports Markdown to write your post in DNN platform. This guide will show you how to write rich content for DNN CMS far faster than almost any other method.

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Switch Open Live Writer for DNN Blogging

Open Live Writer for DNN Blogging

As you know,  Window Live Writer is like Word for your blog. However, Windows 10 does not support Window Live Writer any more and you can not install WLW for blog writing/content. Luckly, the Open Live Writer is another alternative writer for blogging. Open Live Writer makes it easy to write, preview, and post to your blog.

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SunBlogNuke Runs well with DNN9

SunBlogNuke Runs well with DNN9

Our DNN blog module SunBlogNuke straight out of the box comes ready to embrace any changes and always compatible well with the latest DNN core package DNN9. Not only we will apply any handy tools, such as SPA framework and Bootstrap UI framework, with our products, but also we assure that SunBlogNuke is still the best publishing tool with News, Magazine & Articles, for example Markdown support with better writing experience and the core Html/Text module is on road of integration.

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2 Core Widgets in SunBlogNuke You Should Know

If you are a SunBlogNuke user, maybe you are missing some awesome and essential features, like ContentSlider Widget and Authors Widget. Now we would like to remind you the 2 core widget modules in SunBlogNuke you should know.


What is ContentSlider Widget?

One utility module, enables #DNN administrator to place this module on a web page and point to a specific blog. This is a good feature to highlight one of the featured blog on a landing page to direct website visitor to the blog. It allow you to display a list of posts, like featured post and latest posts. Also you can add this widget module to any page at any time and point it to any blog on the portal.

You can visit the previous post Enhance Featured Widget Module with More Customizations and learn how to extend what you want in your dnn website.

What is Authors Widget?

Another utility module, enables DNN administrator to place this module on the blog page and display a list of authors for the blog.

Format Date Time with suffix like 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th

Recently some client of our DNN blog module requested a customized feature, he wanted to out the posted time of SunBlogNuke in a format that included the two letter suffix added to the day number, like "December 25th, 2009" as opposed to "December 25, 2009". After some investigation, it seems this is not supported out of the box (not surprising really). Finally I found the MarkGwilliam’s post (How To Append 'st', 'nd', 'rd' or 'th' To Day Numbers in Dates) which provided a ".NET Framework friendly" to implement this behavior and therefore offers good reuse value and is intuitive for .NET developers to use. I thought that is what we want and then extended it in our customized way which allows SunBlogNuke developers to consume the code more easily and flexible. Now I shared the VB.Net Function below and hope it helps if you also have the similar requirement:

Protected Function FormatPostedTimeWithDayNumberSuffix(Optional ByVal format As String = "MMMM d{0}, yyyy") As String
    Dim dateTime As DateTime = Date.Parse(Entry.PostedTime)
    If Not Null.IsNull(dateTime) Then
        Dim formatTime As String = dateTime.ToString(format)

        Dim day As Integer = dateTime.Day
        Dim dayFormat As String = String.Empty
        Select Case day
            Case 1, 21, 31
                dayFormat = "st"
            Case 2, 22
                dayFormat = "nd"
            Case 3, 23
                dayFormat = "rd"
            Case Else
                dayFormat = "th"
        End Select

        Return String.Format(formatTime, dayFormat)
    End If

    Return Entry.PostedTime
End Function

If you have more better or elegant solution appreciate your comments here. Thanks a lot.

Markdown Support with DNN Blog Posts

Markdown Support with DNN Blog Posts

Even if DNN known as best CMS in .net platform, plus some excellent WYSIWYG editors, such as CKEdior and RadEditor, it interrupts writing with some weird issues from time to time; WYSIWYG makes it easy to write poor HTML. So we try to find alternative instead of WYSIWYG Editor, a quicker, more efficient way to publish web texts.

Markdown mirrors HTML. When you write in Markdown you’re thinking about structure and meaning, not appearance. Quality control is easier in Markdown than WYSIWYG.

With best blogging module #SunBlogNuke, we will help you get started into the wonderful world of Markdown in DNN! Blogging your way and enjoy life. :)

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Search Engine Optimization for DNN Blog Module

Search Engine Optimization for DNN Blog Module

Our DNN blog module SunBlogNuke straight out of the box comes ready to embrace search engines It comes with several built-in features for SEO Its features and functions guide a search engine through the posts pages and categories to help the search engine crawl your site and gather the information it needs to include your site within its database.

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Awesome DNN8 News Module

Today we are glad to announce that SunBlogNuke v8.0.3 is available to free upgrade.

As you know, DNN8 with MVC and SAP released for a while and DNN9 is on road for next generation CMS. So this building v8 will focus on more attentions on integrating with DNN8 framework. More exciting things are lots of handy features implemented in this package, for example Markdown support for better writing experience. Hope win business together :)

Why not have a try? Get started now.

SunBlogNuke Version 8.0.3
Min DotNetNuke version required: v7.1.0

  • ENH - totally compatible with DNN8.
  • ENH - support feed for aggregating output contentslider widget.
  • ENH - support markdown writing for blog content.
  • ENH - Razor template support with $YOURTHEME/_Shared/@_xxx.cshtml.
  • ENH - integrated with bootstrap FontAwesome style with removing old images and styles.
  • ENH - support core themes to be copied for new theme building with more customizations.
  • ENH - optimizations about tags combine action, including new jQuery auto-complete plugin.
  • ENH - Gravatar can be hosted by alternative proxy service, such as .
  • FIX - Disqus comment component not work due to settings not save.
  • FIX - Tags with Chinese characters not work with TagCloud plugin in the tag view.
  • FIX - Permalink not work in built-in search result.
  • FIX - author displayed as "anonymous" issue if he/she deleted from blog user list.

As usual, the complete details for all of the changes can be found in the Release Notes.

  1. If you are still using older versions, we recommended that you should upgrade this stable package.
  2. If you are applying upgrade process, please BACK UP YOUR CHANGES BEFORE PROCEEDING and follow up the suggested upgrade path: v2.1->v5.2->v6.0+.

You can get it here. We hope that with this generation dnn blog module you can enjoy the blog writing and it will make your life better; plus if you have any good advice about our products, please feel free to leave a comment or contact us.

The SunBlogNuke Team

Scheduler Issues with DNN 7.3.x

Issue Detail

Lot of logs in Event Viewer related with "Scheduler Exception -Sequence contains more than one matching element". This occurs when there is a duplicate entry in the WebServers table.


To verify if this is the issue, go to Host > SQL and run the following SQL query:

SELECT ServerName FROM {databaseOwner}[{objectQualifier}WebServers]

If you see the same entry more than once, you need to run the following SQL query:

DELETE FROM {databaseOwner}[{objectQualifier}WebServers]

Once that has been completed, hover over Tools->Recycle Application Domain to make it work with re-indexing.


Scheduler Issues in DNN 7.3.x

Scheduler exception after Upgrade to 7.3.0


Fighting DNN Bugs Ⅳ:Why so lots of Spammer

Well, let us get started to fight DNN Bugs again. This is the forth post we discussed about DNN bugs and share workarounds with you. The last posts as follows below:

  1. Fighting DNN Bugs: All Handlers Not Work
  2. Fighting DNN Bugs Ⅱ: Why Can't Remove Google Analytics
  3. Fighting DNN Bugs Ⅲ: Why Non-Administration Users Logged Out

which you also are interested in reading.

Today we would like to share the bug is about spammer, mainly about spammer registrations/login attempts. When looking/monitoring Admin -> Event Viewer, there are a ton of event log recorded off type "Login failure" or "New user", then your website should have been hit by an old robot-script written specifically to target DNN website.

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