The Engage Weblog


IFA Convention 2015 - Engage has left the building

By Jason Stone on 2/19/2015
In the perfect pairing of two worlds we do business in - franchising and associations - we had the pleasure of attending the International Franchise Association’s #IFA2015 Convention, and it was a great conference!

Engage Software and DNN Unveil New Online Social Community for National Non-profit Serving AD/HD Community

By Jason Stone on 2/11/2015
Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) to enhance user experience, drive site traffic and increase visitor engagement with DNN’s Evoq™ Engage Social Online Community Solution.
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What is the latest version of DNN Platform (DotNetNuke)?

By Jason Stone on 2/4/2015

What is the latest version of DNN Platform (DotNetNuke)? The most current version release is DNN 7.4 and it was released on February 4, 2015. Evoq 8, the licensed version of DNN, was also released the same day. The next major upgrade of the open source DNN Platform, 7.5, is expected in Spring 2015.

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Evoq 8: It's time to start thinking about an upgrade.

By Jason Stone on 1/29/2015

DNN's Evoq 8 is now out and it will change the way you see the platform.

Using JavaScript Libraries in DNN

By Brian Dukes on 1/23/2015

I've written a post about using JavaScript Libraries in DNN on the DNN community blog. We're excited about what it will look like for the community to start making use of this feature of the DNN Platform. Check it out!

Blocking Bots in Google Analytics

By Jason Stone on 1/22/2015

Finding semalt in your Google Analytics or getting unusual, no time on site, one-page, high bounce traffic? That's likely bot traffic. Here's a simple tip from Google on how to hide that annoying data. 

Reviewing the Engage DNN Hackathon

By Brian Dukes on 12/17/2014

A couple of weeks ago, Engage shut down our offices for a day so that everyone in the company could work on making DNN better. The primary component that we wanted to focus on was the rich text editor, specifically making some investments in the CKEditor provider, so that it can replace the Telerik RadEditor provider (the community had already decided to migrate to the CKEditor for a number of reasons, so we wanted to ensure that we were migrating to something that we would want to use). I wanted to give a quick rundown of what we accomplished and what's next for the CKEditor in DNN.

Firstly, we contributed a new HTML Editor Manager module to the DNN core, which provides a place for any HTML Editor Provider to configure its settings (the current/old HTML Editor Manager page/module is specific to the RadEditor).

Secondly, in addition to that core contribution, we had a few contributions specifically to the CKEditor provider. Ingo Herbote has a well-thought-of provider for the CKEditor, which we used as a starting point. We standardized the editor's settings to use DNN's form patterns. We also adjusted how it renders content by default, so that as you're editing content, the site's styles are applied (including pulling in CSS from default, module, skin, container, and portal style sheets, as well as a custom style sheet just for the editor, if configured).

We also made some progress in other areas, but not enough to submit those changes as complete contributions. We're hopeful that we can finish that investment in the short term and get some more clean up into the project.

At this point in time, the HTML Editor Manager contribution will ship with DNN 7.4.0. In addition, the CKEditor provider will also ship in DNN 7.4.0 as an additional provider (i.e. RadEditor will still be installed by default). At some point in the future (probably no later than the DNN 7.5.0 release, but potentially earlier, in a point release to DNN 7.4.x), the RadEditor provider will no longer be the default, and new DNN installs will get the CKEditor provider by default.

One of the major tasks that DNN is undertaking for version 7.5 is to separate the Platform itself from the extensions that plug into that platform. As we were working on this provider, we realized that it made sense to start that task now by putting this provider in its own project, rather than within the DNN Platform repository. After some discussion among various folks, we settled on having the provider owned, managed, and maintained by DNN Connect, the non-profit association whose mission it is to promote and stimulate the open source DNN Platform. So, all of the work on the provider is now hosted on GitHub as part of the DNN Connect organization.

We think that this exercise ended up as a success. It was great to have everyone at Engage investing in the Platform, and getting used to both the mechanics of how to contribute and the idea of enhancing the open source projects that we depend on. I'd like to issue a challenge for other shops in the DNN ecosystem to consider taking some time to contribute, as well. As we work together to make our shared components better, we all win together. If you have any questions on how to get started contributing, personally or corporately, feel free to contact me for some guidance.

How To Improve Your Website To Add Value to Your Membership

By Jason Stone on 12/16/2014
Though your website may look great and house infinite amounts of information about your association, are you really maximizing its potential? Here are some best practices that today's most forward-thinking associations and nonprofits are employing to improve their websites and offer the best-possible member experience.

Come Hack on DNN with Engage

By Brian Dukes on 11/21/2014
Engage is hosting a hackathon in our St. Louis office to work together to better the DNN Platform.

Strange Loop 2014

By Abadi Kurniawan on 11/20/2014

A couple of developers (Joshua Bradley, Brian Dukes, and I) from Engage went to a conference here in St. Louis called Strange Loop on September 18 and 19, 2014. I have been a big fan of the Strange Loop conference, and have attended 4 times before. If you don't know what Strange Loop is, here's a description from their website:

Strange Loop is a multi-disciplinary conference that aims to bring together the developers and thinkers building tomorrow's technology in fields such as emerging languages, alternative databases, concurrency, distributed systems, mobile development, and the web.

Strange Loop has always been a place for me to learn about new technology in software development, and helps seeing what the future is going to look like. There are tons of new stuff that I learnt from Strange Loop this year. It was a really fun conference, and a good break from our day to day work with DNN.