- Feature-Rich: customized through simple, browser-based tools (called modules)
- Leading-Edge: technologies like ASP.NET, Visual Studio, SQL Server, Windows Server, and IIS
- Flexible: supports multiple web sites from a single application
- Localized: Multi-language localization to easily translate
- Easy to Install
- Easy to Use
- Won't load jQuery plugins
- Failure to revalidate file and folder permissions correctly for uploads
- Easily hacked (oh no! --- they listed security as one of their top features)
- It is rather intense to implement (interesting, considering they suggest one of its benefits as 'easy to install')
- The application takes up a lot of server resources
- Figuring it all out has a steep learning curve (typical for most CMS, but I wouldn't advise anyone to start on the web with DNN)
- Documentation that hasn’t been updated for almost three years
|Duke Nukem NOT related to Dot Net Nuke|
- Segway Italy
- AFL (Australian Football League) one of the most trafficked sites built by DNN
- our very own Exact Target from Indianapolis, Indiana (not their main site)
On a separate note, I did contact DotNetNuke to ask if they had a live demo, like Umbraco and ExpressionEngine, that allowed the customer to see what the inside of system looks like and how it works. The response was that I could either install and set up a trail, or I could watch this webinar (which is over 50 minutes long). Although the video is not the greatest marketing piece or attractive sales pitch, I learned about some features that were not advertised on their site.
I also asked them if they could answer a few questions for us, but they gave back vague answers which was disappointing. I told them I was posting a blog about it, so I decided to show the exact questions and answers below.
- What specifically makes your system better than other CMS system available?
DNN rep: It is very extensible, very widely deployed around the world and we have a large marketplace of third party extensions, snowcovered.com.
- How would you rate the learning curve for setting up and configuring a site with DotNetNuke?
DNN rep: Not too bad, after DNN is installed, it is geared for the Non-Technical user.
[ Some of the users linked above thought otherwise. ]
- What are the most common complaints that you receive about the software?
DNN rep: Don't know.
- Can you provide some of the best or most well-known companies or websites using the software?
DNN rep: I have attached a PowerPoint slide with some URLs.
[ I listed a few of these above. ]
- What are your most well-received modules?
DNN rep: They are all well received.
[ With very little review, we identified one of their coolest features in our first statement above! Seems odd they couldn't brag about a few things... 'Everything is perfect and wonderful' is a very lame response. ]