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Let Your DNN Shine With Events & Hooks

August 2020 SoFri Meeting - In this meetup, we're joined by DNN MVP Mike Smeltzer to give us some amazing insight, with code examples and all, into various Events and Hooks within DNN.

Wanna take your extension development to the next level? This may be just what the doctor ordered!

Mike also gave us an update on the latest updates to DNN Shine - a modern control panel extension for DNN Platform websites.

DNN Details 003: Editing DNN Emails, Privacy/Terms, and UI Labels

For people new to DNN, the Languages feature can unintentionally hide a lot of useful things you can customize in your DNN site. This often results in common questions like:

  • How do I edit the registration emails DNN sends?
  • Can I change the word "Site" to "Intranet" in a bunch of places in the PersonaBar?
  • Is it possible to customize my site's Terms and Conditions?

Activating and Configuring Database Mail in MS SQL Server Express Edition

Do you know Database Mail? Those who administer an MS SQL Server apart from the Express Edition might know it, and there is a nice interface to configure it in SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS). But this interface is missing in the Express Edition. The reason for that is that the SQL Server Agent Services are not present in this edition, which does not let us configure maintainence tasks or Database Mail.
These services use the MSDB database, and this database is installed as one of the system databases, even in SQL Server Express Edition. With a few SQL statements we can activate and configure Database Mail, and make use of this feature.

Strategy: DNN Platform Issue Management, Milestones and Roadmap

DNN 9.7.0 was slated as the next big release on our roadmap.  Plans included a new Resource Manager for managing digital assets.  While we were still working on the new Resource Manager and marching towards the 9.7.0 release, we received a nice mix of bug fixes and new features as pull requests.  And since we were aiming for a minor release, we did not separate bug fixes from new features. 

July 2020 - Mitch Sellers + 2-Factor Authentication

Mitch Sellers presents to us a new module for simple setup of Two-Factor Authentication for DNN.


With security a huge concern in modern time for all users, Mitch Sellers and Iowa Computer Gurus introduce a new Simple 2 Factor Authentication Provider for DNN. This authentication provider works to replace the standard DNN Login process and introduces 2-Factor Verification to secure login.

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