Welcome to Volume 5 and issue 49 of DNN Creative Magazine.
This issue is the beginning of Volume 5, so it's our 4th birthday! We would like to say a special thank you to all of you who have supported us over the past 4 years, it means a lot to us.
In this DotNetNuke training series we demonstrate how to package skins for DotNetNuke 5. DotNetNuke 5 has introduced a new method of packaging skins using a .dnn manifest file. This allows you to install your entire skins, containers and skin objects using one skin zip installation package. It also allows you to display owner, release notes and a license which the user must agree to the terms before installing the skin. This makes the installation process much more streamlined and less prone to user error. In the tutorial we walk you through all of the steps required for creating skin packages along with tips, pitfalls to avoid and the various ways in which you can configure a DotNetNuke 5 skin package.
Following this we have an advanced tutorial which explores methods to combat spam in your website. In particular we focus on Active Forums and show you how to create scheduled SQL queries to prevent spam displaying in your forum. Spam can be a time consuming nuisance to both the administrators and the visitors of your website, so this tutorial helps you to automate the prevention of spam.
Next we are continuing with the Open Web Studio tutorials. Last month we completed the six part series on 'How to Build a Public Knowledge Base Module with OWS
'. This month we are pleased to announce that Paul Deschenes has agreed to continue creating OWS tutorials, so this month we demonstrate how to create an email form using OWS. We demonstrate how to build the email form, how to create the logic for sending the form, as well as how to attach a file to an email and how to validate the email when it is sent to ensure deliverability.
To finish this issue we have a podcast interview with Joe Brinkman, in this podcast we discuss OpenForce Europe and USA, the latest DotNetNuke Corporation news, as well as a tip on relative URLS with SSL.
This issue comes complete with 13 videos and 1 podcast!