By Lee Sykes
This is an independent review of Orizonti's Nuke News for DotNetNuke V3.1. The review looks at the module for its features, useability, functionality, ease of use, stability, value for money.
According to Orizonti, NukeNews was designed from the need to easily allow news submissions and approvals, categorization and posting, flexible archiving and display of archives and finally a flexible, customizable themed look.
- News can be submitted by selected role
- News can be "auto-approved" or require approval before posting
- Email Notification of new submissions needing approval
- News is categorized by customized category list and displayed with associated category image
- CSS "Theme-able". Includes two CSS themes and any number may be easily added
- Flexible archiving options for each article include: never archive, module configured # days, or a specified date
- Always show # of articles ensures no "empty" modules from archiving
- Archived news is automatically categorized by Month/Year
- News syndication via RSS
- Article rating and comments
- Editable Post Date allows “Release Date“ for posting articles in future which aren't displayed until post date.
- Searchable via DNN3 site searches
- RSS Feed now customizable.
- Permalinks included with RSS feeds
- Editable Comments
The sub-headings within the module review include the following:
- Introduction, Key Features, Purchasing
- Setup / Configuration and Categories
- Adding a News Item
- The Submission and Approval of News Items
- News Items and Security Roles
- Searching News Items
- CSS Themes
- Working with Banner Ads
- Search Engine compatibility
- RSS Features
- Pros, Cons & Summary
- The Module in Action
Alongside the review are 8 flash video walk throughs / tutorials totalling 30 minutes to demonstrate the modules features and possible uses.
- Quick overview of the features and a demonstration of the module in action
- How to install the module and insert it into a page
- How to configure the module using 'edit options'
- How to add, edit, delete categories
- How to view the RSS feed for each category
- How to add, edit, delete news items
- How to allow registered users to submit news
- Approving submitted news
- How to setup the module so that different security roles can view certain news items
- The search function in action
- How to add your own theme to the module
Throughout these eight videos we work through practical examples of using the module with a football news website.
This module is available for purchase through snowcovered.com which includes both DNN3 and DNN2 versions.
DNN3.1 and DNN2
Nuke News 1.3 - PA
DNN 3.2 and 4.x
Nuke News 1.4 – PA
Nuke News 1.4 – Source