Last post May 26, 2005 12:14 PM by adefwebserver
May 25, 2005 10:03 AM|Actorsphere|LINK
First of all, I'm really glad I have more than 7 days to get the hang of this.
Background: I'm an ASP 3.0 developer who is very rusty. My background is primarily in ASP coding and integration with MS Access databases (I'm okay learning SQL..). I've never been good at front end design, HTML, DHTML, XML, (or any other ML you can think
of...)! The sites I maintain are old, and I've been wanting to upgrade the front end for a while. I figured since I'm upgrading the front end, and I also want to do some new stuff, I might as well say goodbye to ASP 3.0 and upgrade to ASP.NET. My host has
DNN and I thought it would be nice.
So far, I've installed it on my site,and I'm up and running creating pages. No real problems, and I like the skins a lot. Site is looking much better than the original. However, I KNOW I'm going to run into two issues soon, so I'm posting to try and figure
this out. Forgive me, if these are newbie questions, or if the answer is obvious, but I'm a little overwhelmed right now.
1. Although I'm enjoying creating pages on the fly with DNN, I'm finding that my site is very slow in this process. The regular ASP or HTML pages on my site load quickly, whereas anytime I go into the virtual app I've created with DNN, pages load REAL slow.
I mean REAL REAL slow. Is there any sort of "publish" feature in DNN that will speed this up? Or could this be a problem with my installation?? I'm just not sure.
2. Here's a real tough one, where I might have to drop DNN altogether if I can't do this. As I said, I do a lot of database integration. My site has lots of info that registered users search for in the database. The bottom line is.....Can I manually adjust
the sourcecode in pages to add my custom searches? I hope this makes sense. With any standard ASP or ASPX page, I can just open it in Visual Studio or even WordPad and make coding changes. Can I do this with pages I've created with DNN? Second reason I ask
this, is because I can't seem to find the final pages in the file manager of my site.
I'm rambling so I'll stop there. Any help appreciated.
May 25, 2005 03:08 PM|SDodds|LINK
' Second reason I ask this, is because I can't seem to find the final pages in the file manager of my site'
What 'pages' are you referring too? skin files, static html. How did you install them? Do you have FTP access?
Dotnetnuke can be slow when not in use often, for a number of reasons, heres a post to explain
It sounds to me that your next step will be developing your own custom modules
There are some pretty generous folk about who have developed modules and made source code available check the in the custom modules sub forum, some quick links
http://www.novasoft.co.za/ and www.EfficionConsulting.com there are many others.
There are a number of training videos also
Of most note going by the feedback witnessed here
Todd Davis @ http://www.SeaburyDesign.com
Hope that helps some,
welcome to dnn btw
May 25, 2005 04:31 PM|phr0ze|LINK
DNN doesn't create 'Final Pages' in the file system. DNN stores a collection of parameters in a SQL DB that tell it how to recreate the page you defined. (I know its not the best description). Everything starts with default.aspx. If you want new functionality
you will have to create or find a module that adds the functionality you want. Please go to
www.cathal.co.uk and look at the list of FREE dnn3 modules. Before you give up on DNN please learn more of it. I know DNN can meet your requirements.
May 25, 2005 06:43 PM|Actorsphere|LINK
1. I read the article on slowness. I'm hoping that once I get the site pretty well down, it loads faster. But right now, when I go to the home page (default.aspx), it literally takes about 30 seconds before the page appears, and I'm on broadband speeds.
2. Yes, I was a bit afraid that there were not individual files. I have two sites that DNN will work well for most likely as it is, without any super-programming. Here's a question then....(I haven't gone through all the training modules, so the answer
might be there) Can I "leave" the DNN pages via a hyperlink, to regular ASP.NET pages that I program for specifics, and then come back??? My guess is that I merely program a module itself.
And then, of course, I'm currently working off an Access DB on my site. I'm assuming I'm going to have to migrate all the data to a MSSQL database. Woohoo...fun!
May 25, 2005 10:49 PM|voxhumana|LINK
May 26, 2005 12:14 PM|adefwebserver|LINK