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Upgrade Website with DNN7.4

Upgrade issues with DNN7.4

Recently we would like to make some big things based on #DNN8 - a better platform for DNN. Still our website only hosted by DNN7.1 upgraded in the last year. Now we chosen more security upgrade dnn7.1 -> dnn7.4 -> dnn8+. Now we firstly upgrade our official website with #DNN7.4.

Some new areas introduced in 7.4.0.

  • Workflow & Versioning API
  • Multi-language settings
  • Improved HTML5 support

Workflow & HTML5 with DNN7.4

Issues & Workaround

Fighting DNN Bugs Ⅱ: Why Can't Remove Google Analytics

Some resources related with DNN7.4:

Introducing DNN Platform 7.4


Free & Customizable DNN Blog Widget – Photo Viewer Gallery

Today our team released a new optional widget (named 'Photo Viewer Widget') for Ultimate DNN Blog Module – #SunBlogNuke. If you are the client of our module and finding some similar stuffs, that is yours and feel free to get it from widget page (Required Login). It is free, customizable image gallery. It allows you to display the thumbnail of your blog posts on any dnn website in a professional and intuitive way.  Take a look at the screenshot below:

showcase gallery

The customizable image viewing widget is based on popular and awesome component – SimpleViewer. Initially the widget was inspired by our showcase gallery and we would like to provide the alternative way to present those excellent websites with their thumbnails.

Then we made some searches in Google and finally got that SimpleViewer is what we want. It is so lightweight and easy to use, it features smart preloading, a resizable interface, thumbnail menu and optional description text. The only thing is that we need to load gallery xml data from our showcase gallery. That should be so easy. Then I took 2 hours to program it with retrieving all the target posts with their thumbnails and provide some basic options for customizing the personation of flash component .

All look great. Please visit the case-studies page to see how it actions.

Note that its minimal required environment is DNN v5.x and SunBlogNuke v4.2.5 and  it is not core widget so we may not support all the possible issues. You can extend it as you want due to the available source code, such as category select support.

Also feel free to leave your thoughts and suggestions here if you indeed would like to let us make it more awesome and we may enhance it for you. In the latest version we will integrated it with Flickr Gallery. That will make it look more awesome.

Upgrade with DNN 6.1.5


As Day of DotNetNuke Charlotte 2012 coming soon and the dnn 6.2 will be released in May 15. We would like to be ready for this important updates with a ton of new capabilities, more excellently for us is that it includes two huge areas:  social and service framework. In order to make everything run well, yesterday we began to upgrade our dnn website with stable core framework version 6.1.5 firstly. It took some hours to complete the whole upgrade process, including some fixes & UI adjustments. In this post we will share a bit around the growing pains that were experiences throughout the process and hope it helps with everyone, who also like to upgrade their dnn website.

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SunBlogNuke v5.0 on the Road

That is a brief buzz for our development team recently.

Maybe you noticed that we did not release new version currently but just repacked installation with some urgent fixes. Actually we are still focusing more attentions on our core dnn blog product - SunBlogNuke. Yep, we are building totally version 5.0 as we promised ever. In the v5.x, we will enhance more awesome features, specially theme, widget & extension. Meanwhile we also refactored the core framework more highlight, integrity & flexibility. Always we hope that it will be the kind of beautiful, elegant and productive software.

The initial version 5.0 will include some new cool UI for admin panel, such as dashboard & new workaround for theme configure process. Please stay tune and it will be available to download. :).  Well. have a quick look at the screenshot about new theme configure panel and you can try it out in our demo blog, which have been upgraded with v5.0:

new dashboard interface of sunblognuke

And we are looking forwards to your feedback. We know that the more feedback we get from our clients, the better our product will be and also we will know which areas require attentions next. So please tell us what you want most or leave your comment below if you are interested in Ultimate DNN Blog Module – SunBlogNuke. Thanks a lot.

Fixed RadEditor Issue with Converting Greek Characters to Html Entities

From DNN 5.x, our website also began to use RadEditor as html provider for rich text editor, such as writing a post for our Ultimate DNN Blog Module – SunBlogNuke. Recently our clients noticed the issue that when typing characters in the Greek language it converts them to their html entities but not insert the actual unicode characters. For example, the sentence "Για να δουμε πως πα?ζει Ελληνικ?" will render "<p>&Gamma;&iota;&alpha; &nu;&alpha; &delta;&omicron;&upsilon;&mu;&epsilon; &pi;&omega;&sigmaf; &pi;&alpha;?&zeta;&epsilon;&iota; &Epsilon;&lambda;&lambda;&eta;&nu;&iota;&kappa;?</p>" in the HTML mode. With looking into the issue and request help in Telerik forum, we finally know that it is because the latest version of RadEditor included a new content filter named ConvertCharactersToEntities, which converts the special characters to entities, such as converts the Greek symbols to entities. In order to fix it, please open the configuration file and remove the ConvertCharactersToEntities string from the ContentFilters enum values, like that below:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
  <property name="Skin">Default</property>
  <property name="AutoResizeHeight">True</property>
  <property name="ContentFilters">RemoveScripts,EncodeScripts,FixUlBoldItalic,FixEnclosingP,IECleanAnchors,MozEmStrong,

Hope it helps for somebody who encountered the same issue. :) Thanks again for Rumen and the Telerik team.

Refer to the original post mentioned the issue originally: RadEditor converting Greek characters to their html entities!

Updated DNN Nav Menu as an Unordered List

Today I finally converted the navigation menu of our website as an unordered list, which is originally built with TABLEs and so ugly for SEO. It is updated with DNN Nav Menu, which is a lightweight menu based on semantic markup like UL, LI tags. It will help search engines to better understand the menu structure. So it is an excellent news for us and our website with ultimate dnn blog module – SunBlogNuke.

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Upgrading to DNN Forum v5.0 and Blog v3.8.2

Today we upgraded our blogging platform website with DNN Core Forum v5.0 and the latest Ultimate DNN Blog Module – SunBlogNuke v3.8.2. Until now everything works well. The new forum module includes more better SEO options available following best practices and integrated with more awesome core features like Taxonomy Integration and Core Profile Photo Integration. New Blue Theme is VERY excellent too. You can find more exciting features in the links - Forum 5.0 on and

Also you may have a look at the release note about SunBlogNuke v3.8.2:

  • ENH - Added new token [BIO] in the entity Author.
  • ENH - Integrated with Active Social Journals.
  • ENH - Provided more handy parameters in Rss Feed, including "item"(Limiting items number) and "excerpt"(Whether including excerpt when activating "Full Show in Rss Feed").
  • FIX - Avatar broken when integrated with dnn core profile.
  • FIX - Rss Feed ignore "items max" option and always returning all posts.
  • Other small fixes & customizations.

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

Enjoy Blogging and Writing. :)

Updateing Website with DNN 5.5 & Blogging Module v3.7.5

We just successfully upgraded our blogging platform website from DotNetNuke version 05.01.00, to version 05.05.00. So far, so good. We finally upgraded to dnn v5.5 because this fantastic release includes lots of stabilization and new killer features, especially content localization and enhanced performance, which are what we were looking forwards to.

Another good news is that our Ultimate Blogging Module - SunBlogNuke also have been fully tested with DotNetNuke 5.5.  We are not aware of any issues at this time and it just work as we expected. Later we will release a new building v3.7.5  with fixing some more bugs and issue. Hope it makes sense for you.

Enjoy Blogging and Writing. :)

More Awesome Sample to Showcase SunBlogNuke Flexibility

Refer to the last tutorial about how to implement a customized calendar date in the Content Slider Widget of Ultimate DNN Blog Module – SunBlogNuke v3.6.x or later version, today we continue to share a more awesome code sample for you and it indeed works well in our home page. As you go ahead do some customizations basing on SunBlogNuke, like the must-have widget module – Content Slider Widget, you will understand what the cool extendibility and flexibility our blogging modules supply for your dnn website. Firstly take a look at the screenshot below:

Code Sample for Content Slider Widget

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Transfer Showcase Gallery with SunBlogNuke

Today we demonstrated the DNN Blog Module case study here and would like to let us know that actually you also build the gallery with SunBlogNuke, like wordpress. With SunBlogNuke, our showcase gallery owns more killer features, especially Web 2.0, like tags, facebox effect, social bookmark etc. Also with Window Live Writer integration, we are able to manage those showcase posts easily and efficiently. Please let us show you how it action.

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