DNN Platform



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I've used DNN to create internet websites for clients for many years. I like that the framework takes care of the basic needs of any CMS …
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What is DNN Platform?

The DNN Platform (formerly DotNetNuke) is a free web content management systems (CMS) from DNN Corporation headquartered in San Mateo, California.

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What is DNN Platform?

The DNN Platform (formerly DotNetNuke) is a free web content management systems (CMS) from DNN Corporation headquartered in San Mateo, California.

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What is DNN Platform?

The DNN Platform (formerly DotNetNuke) is a free web content management systems (CMS) from DNN Corporation headquartered in San Mateo, California.

What is DNN Platform's best feature?

Reviewers rate Role-based user permissions and API and WYSIWYG editor highest, with a score of 10.

Who uses DNN Platform?

The most common users of DNN Platform are from Mid-size Companies and the Information Technology & Services industry.

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Score 9 out of 10
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We use DNN [Platform] in several in-house projects and sites, as well as implementing it for other clients for their website content management systems and managing their sites. We also build custom solutions on top the framework for other installs of DNN [Platform], for which there currently exists no module or solution. It's a middle ground solution for those who need customization and flexibility, even enough for enterprise level, but still want some granular controls to be able to make it as easy for non-technical people such as content developers to add content without messing up the design, seo or compliance.
  • Granular controls for permission settings
  • Unlimited portal farm for creating many sites and sharing assets
  • Easy to use page management and controls
  • Intuitive interface
  • Have come a long way in the past five+ years
  • Missing a tool to test for compliance (built in)
  • All module developers should be held to a standard before being allowed to sell in the dnn store
  • Confusion between dnn and evoq creates a lot of headaches for us
DNN [Platform] is great for organizations of any size who wish to have a robust CMS to manage their site. DNN is not ideal for a small site that is better suited to a super easy to user interface such as Wix. DNN [Platform] is plenty strong enough for enterprises and large entities.
John Reitz | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 4 out of 10
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We use DNN Platform as one of several content management solutions for our website customers. We have implemented, designed for and supported the platform for clients who generally have unclear future extensibility requirements or need the platform's open nature for the development of custom features. We do not use it for our own corporate site.
  • DNN allows for multiple installation and hosting options, so large corporate and small clients can each have a service that fits them.
  • DNN has the ability to have a lot of features customized.
  • The licensing, if using the on demand or Evoq versions is pricey, but is better than many alternatives.
  • Out of the box, it has some modules, but not enough unless you do a paid version.
  • The support is a bit slow.
  • The menuing can be confusing and terms used a bit strange. which makes training difficult.
When hosting set up needs to be specific as a requirement of the client's IT group or legal policies, DNN is a good choice as it has many options. For small companies or sites where not much flexibility is needed, it is overkill and a hosted CMS or small implementation like WordPress is a better choice.
Mike Bunce | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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I've used DNN to create internet websites for clients for many years. I like that the framework takes care of the basic needs of any CMS website so that I can focus my effort on implementing the design of the sites and the custom features that each site needs. If content management is a requirement of the website project then DNN an excellent choice.
  • The core modules provide all of the basic content management functionality. You can drag and drop a Blog, Chat, Events, Gallery or versitile Text HTML module onto any page. Once you set a few properties you are up and running. And many of them provide a means of skinning them to match the look and feel of your website design.
  • If the core modules don't meet your specific needs you can purchase additional modules from third party vendors. If you have some programming experience, you can even create your own custom modules. Christoc's DotNetNuke Module and Theme Development Template makes it easy to get started.
  • One of the best things about DNN is that the page navigation and user management is already built in. It is complete with friendly URL rewriting and SEO features. DNN authentication can be integrated with Facebook, Google and other authentication providers.
  • Some of the admin screens could be easier to use. The popup editor, for example, always opens at a preset size. It would be better if it could adapt to the view port dimensions. Also, I always have to scroll down to get to the save button in the popup window. It would be nice if the buttons were fixed at the bottom of the popup rather than the bottom of the popup content.
DNN is a good choice for an external website where the content will be maintained by the marketing or other non-IT department. For a site that doesn't need to support content management, such as an online application, an MVC website project is better.
Score 10 out of 10
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We are a software development company specialising in the design and development of bespoke web-based software solutions. We develop solutions ranging from large enterprise websites to custom web applications such as CRMs. DNN is the perfect platform for us and we use it for all our solutions. Not only does it contain an advanced and easy-to-use CMS, it is also one of the most comprehensive application frameworks available, with inbuilt support for current best practice development including bootstrap, WebAPI and SPA (Single Page Application) support. Through our work with DNN we are successful able to maintain sites for many years (via DNN-supplied security patches). For larger customers, the DNN-supported Evoq product is often preferred due to the excellent and friendly support available directly from DNN.

  • Very easy to use CMS - Ease of use is paramount with CMS products to minimise on support calls. Also the template structure of pages ensures that content editors cannot inadvertently corrupt the layout of the page.
  • Powerful application framework - The existence of APIs for all functionality within the CMS provides limitless scope in terms of developing bespoke applications which sit within the CMS.
  • Commercially supported option available - For larger clients, the comfort factor of having a direct line to the developers of the application is a big selling point.
  • Documentation of the APIs is sometimes quite sparse with varying levels of details provided depending on the function.
  • The liquid content feature stores content in the DNN cloud rather than on the application server. Convincing a client that the content isn't on their own servers (when trying to sell this feature) can be a challenge.
Well suited to large enterprise website or web application developments. Less well suited to smaller site which would be better catered for by something like Wordpress.