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DotNetNuke Administration Tools & Tips

DotNetNuke Administration Tools & Tips

DNN (DotNetNuke) a content management system (CMS) enables users to build and maintain websites. Regular backups, site security updates, performance tracking, user account management, content optimization, site customization, audience engagement, routine content reviews and updates, and testing changes in a staging environment before deploying them on the live site are all tasks involved in administering a DotNetNuke website. These procedures aid in ensuring a safe, interesting, and improved user experience on the website. To assist with administration and maintenance chores related to DotNetNuke, businesses can also use outside service providers.

Command Line

You can create users, reset their passwords, create and modify pages, install/create extensions, list and modify scheduled tasks, and more. It is extensible so you can add your own custom commands and its API allows it to be accessed from other environments like Powershell — making remote management possible. Creating new commands for DNN is quite easy and can be done in the same way as most other extensions. This makes it possible, for instance, to generate reports or perform other actions unique to your company. Additionally, third-party modules and libraries can create commands to extend Prompt. It can also be used to utilize the predefined DNN Project Templates the developer does through Visual Studio to create Module, Themes, Providers, API, SkinObject, Connector, etc solutions.


Connectors enable DNN to integrate sites with third-party service providers, including Google Analytics, Marketo, and Zendesk. In some cases, you might need to get code from the third-party service provider and insert it into DNN. Whenever you need integration with third-party services like Chat API, Analytics, BuilEmail Services, or cloud storage services It can be easy to configure and map DNN aligned to the services by providing minimum non-technical configuration and account credential information like API Key, Secret, etc.


You can manage site security by setting up Login Filters, CAPTCHA to Retrieve or Change Passwords, Registration, and Membership Management related settings, Security Checkup by Permission and keeping the best secure configuration, Scanned check by finding File change Audit for files, and Settings, and User Activity History. Security Bulletins and SSL flag and header settings for SSL and miscellaneous security settings like Show Critical Errors on Screen, Debug Mode, allowable file extensions, file upload size, auto unlock time for the locked users, etc. More, you can configure or change the way DNN authenticates users with authentication methods like OAuth or OpenID, etc.

Schedulers or Automated Process:

You can configure an Automated process to perform specific tasks by exporting data, emailing logs, or custom or inbuilt maintenance process or you can configure the third-party extensions to take backups or database and website to store the specific paths to manage your DNN Portal more effectively and efficiently with fewer efforts. You can develop a custom extension or sync processes to track suspicious activity and content being changed or uploaded. Also, Schedules become very handy when you need to generate specific reports periodically from database records and send them as excel or HTML reports every week or day.

Skin Management:

DNN theme's primary purpose is to reduce the cost of building and maintaining websites that experience frequent or significant changes in content. DNN Administrator can manage the skin of the DNN Portal through the skin management module or a section. You can change the appearance of the DNN site by selecting a different skin, modifying the CSS, or uploading your own custom skin. Page-specific Theme templates can be applied which changes the complete look and panel structure of the page. Admin needs to be proficient in creating a bunch of similar structured pages where utilizing the same skin template for creating multiple pages with different contents.

Admin Logs:

Each DNN Portal maintains its own log of events that the host chooses the settings. Notices can be emailed if the logged event exceeds a threshold, such as a specified number of occurrences within a specified length of time configured by the superuser. Monitor your logs to be familiar with your site's traffic patterns. It would help you identify unusual patterns that might indicate attempted security attacks. A log will be portal based and with categories like Error, Infor, and Login Attempts being kept through the Log4Net library. It becomes very useful for the DNN website administrator to inspect from time to time and send the auto email or raise messages on specific event occurrences. DNN Provides an inbuilt mechanism to raise the error messages and email log but advanced events can be tracked for immediate attention by keeping an eye on a custom-built scheduler.


Vocabulary is a set of related terms that are used to categorize modules or content throughout a specific DNN Portal or throughout all sites in a DNN installation. It can be beneficial when you want to structure, categorize, or tag specific content or pages. It helps incorporate vocabulary taxonomy into content tagging. Tagged content or pages comes as a search result when the user tries to search globally with the use of the DNN Search box it comes as a sub-fitting tag. It good advantage you can tag your content and build the search structured content result with the use of correctly attaching Vocabularies to the content or page. Vocabularies comes as Simple for anyone can add a term to a flat list and Hierarchy for taxonomy, where terms are typically added by a superuser to a hierarchy.


You can create multiple versions of the same content item, each with its own language-specific content. Content and Module localization can be done based on the client browser’s culture of the page DNN will use language (resource XML files) to show the label and content in the specific language. We can do Page Localization, Content Localization, and Module Localization. Dynamically superuser can change the content of the label through develop option of the custom-built modules and define or change the different language-specific content, same way inbuilt or custom extension has their own set of language file which makes your DNN Website multilingual means the same website at different language speaking user sees in their own language. You can start supporting new languages by installing the portal-level language pack.

Site Map:

DNN Administrator can use the site map module to create a site map that helps users navigate your site, apart from dynamic breadcrumb, the main menu, and list of its XML formatted file helps search engines to understand how many pages are available within the same domain or portal needs to crawl for the search engine. Basically, it’s a DNN feature that helps third-party search engine crawlers to navigate your site for improved search engine optimization (SEO). Sitemap files generated by the DNN Sitemap provider are fully compliant with protocol specifications published at sitemaps.org. Through this, you can submit DNN Site to different search engines for Indexing.

SEO Settings:

You can optimize your DNN Portal for search engines by configuring SEO settings. Setting up page titles, meta descriptions, and other SEO-related settings help dynamic page take SEO configuration when the page is loaded to the end user or search engine crawler. DNN Admin also can do URL Management like automatically lowercase URLs, type or friendly or mixed case urls defining different rules and expression of redirect or error code page navigation-related settings. You can define the navigation, and page permissions for the different rolled users, and tags the page.

Site Templates:

DNN allows the portal to get exported with or without media files and get imported to another instance if the same resource is installed or used. DNN Administrator can keep a content history from the HTML extension history section but if periodically admin needs to maintain the full site history as an old version or future version on beta it can be done through complete Portal export and Import very same way how DNN module gets exported and imported. DNN Manager can keep a copy of templates to use site templates to quickly create new sites with a predefined structure and content.

DNN Content Management comes as very powerful control over the management of media, documents, and content, DNN Administrator has to focus on several points to stay secure, fast, and effective with DotNetNuke Administration. Like regularly backup your site, checking the permission of page/module/resource and admin users in the roles frequently, Keeping your site updated with the latest version of DNN, making sure secure related checklists like changing passwords frequently or strong password practices, performance issues, and heavy requests, allowing users to manage their membership field, Test the changes first on the staging environment, review file uploaded by users, keep available to support your customers, SkinObject or only Compiled code use, make sure security constrain applied to access API, Web Services with proper request header authentications.

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Administering a DotNetNuke website involves regularly backing up the site, keeping it updated and secure, monitoring performance, managing user accounts, optimizing content, customizing the site, engaging with the audience, regularly reviewing and updating content, and testing changes in a staging environment before implementing them on the live site. These practices help ensure a secure, engaging, and optimized user experience on the site.


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