Welcome to issue 64 of DNN Creative Magazine.
In this DotNetNuke training series we explore in detail the core DotNetNuke forum module and the search engine SiteMap feature in DotNetNuke.
We demonstrate step by step how to use and fully configure the core DotNetNuke forum module. The forum module allows users to have conversations in the form of posted messages and is a great way to build a community on your website as well as provide daily new content for the search engines to index.
The core forum module has many possible configurations, these include creating public, private / subscription and moderated forums, allowing attachments, pinning and locking posts, emailing replies and managing user settings such as rankings, avatars, word filters and creating polls.
This module should cover most of your requirements for a forum in your DotNetNuke website.
Next we demonstrate how to use the DotNetNuke Search Engine Sitemap. This feature in DotNetNuke allows you to automatically create a XML Sitemap which can be submitted to search engines such as Google.
A sitemap provides the search engines with an index of the pages from your website that they may not otherwise discover using their search bots and includes information such as the page URLs, date when a page was last updated and the importance of that page in relation to the other pages on your website.
Sitemaps help to ensure a search engine can fully index your website and are an essential tool for any webmaster. We walk you through how to automatically create a site map using DotNetNuke and also how to submit the sitemap to Google using the Google Webmaster tools.
This issue comes complete with 11 videos.