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DotNetNuke Hosting - ASPHostPortal.com :: How to Prevent Getting Started Page for SuperUsers

clock September 25, 2015 14:38 by author Dan

DotNetNuke 7.2.0: Prevent "Getting Started Page" for SuperUsers

In DNN 7.2.0 has been added "Getting Started Page" for Super Users. It looks like this: 

So, "Getting Started Page" appears on the next conditions:

Current User is SuperUser.

Current TabID is equal to the param "GettingStartedTabId" (for current Portal) from the "PortalSettings" table.

Setting "EnableGettingStartedPage" from the "HostSettings" table should be equal "True".

You can hide this message in few ways:

Just tick a checkbox "Don't show this again" at the bottom left corner. But this will hide "Getting Started Page" for current SuperUser only, and will show it for other SuperUsers.

Change "EnableGettingStartedPage" setting from the "HostSettings" table to "false". After this change, "Getting Started Page" will not be displayed for all SuperUsers.

If you like to change it for all future installations you plan to do, then you can edit "Install/DotNetNuke.install.config.resources" file in your installation package. In this file you can find "<EnableGettingStartedPage>True</EnableGettingStartedPage>", what is very easy to change to "False".

BTW: I have not found a way on how to change "EnableGettingStartedPage" setting from the "HostSettings" at the FrontEnd.

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DotNetNuke Hosting - ASPHostPortal.com :: How to Create a Backup of DNN and The Database

clock September 23, 2015 07:51 by author Kenny

How to Create a Backup of DNN and The Database

This topic is very important and requires a bit of planning, especially if you do not have direct access to your database server to perform your own backups. In the following sections I will first talk about what you must backup and why some of those items are very important. I will then discuss how to perform a DNN backup and SQL Server backup.  Finally I will discuss options available for third party modules for performing backups for individuals that do not have direct access to their servers.

What to Backup?

Simply put, it is a best practice to backup your entire DotNetNuke directory on the web server as well as a full backup of the database. Some people will say that you can get by with only backing up the "portals" folder, this is not correct! To successfully restore a DotNetNuke installation you must ensure that you have all module .dll and other code files you also must have the same validation and decryption keys.  I have found that the only real method to keep your data safe is to create a backup with all files.  Given the limited file size of the core DNN installation I have not found this to be a hinderance, especially since the additional files that exist in my website are all related to the content available within and is something I must have a backup.

Performing The Backup

Performing a backup of DotNetNuke is a fairly easy two step process. First I will discuss backing up the DNN installation directory, then I will discuss options available for backing up the database.

Backing up The DotNetNuke Directory

You have two options when backing up the DotNetNuke directory. If you have direct access to the server, you can simply right click on the DotNetNuke directory and select "Send To:" -> "Compressed (Zipped) Folder". This applies for most versions of the windows operating system. You will then have a file named dnn441.zip where dnn441 was your directory name. This zip file will contain all needed backup files, you will want to store this in a safe location.

If you do not have direct access to the server and can only access it via FTP you will have an additional step to obtain a zip file for your site. You will want to connect to your FTP site and COPY all files to a temporary location on your local computer. Once all files have been copied you will want to create a zip file including ALL files and folders that were just downloaded.

NOTE: if using a program such as WinZip for zipping, ensure that the "Use Folder Names" option is enabled so that the folder structure is preserved within your zip archive.

Backing up The DotNetNuke Database

To backup the database you must have access to the database server and the file system of the database server. If you are in a hosted environment you will need to rely on your hosting provider to obtain a backup, or you will need to look into a potential third party solution to backup the database from within DotNetNuke. If you have full access to the server please use one of the below sets of instructions to backup your database..

Backing up a Database with SQL Server and Enterprise Manager

Follow the below steps if you wish to create a databse backup file from Enterprise Manager for SQL Server using Enterprise Manager.

  • Navigate to your specific database in Enterprise Manager
  • Right click on the database and select "All Tasks" -> "Backup Database.."
  • Ensure that "Complete" is selected for the backup type
  • Click the "Add" button in the "Destination" section
  • In this section provide a full file path to the desired backup file, typically named databasename.bak where databasename is your database name
  • Click "Ok" to generate your backup, you will receive a success notice upon completion
  • You will now have a full backup file containing all tables and data for your database.

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clock September 15, 2015 08:52 by author Dan

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DotNetNuke Hosting - ASPHostPortal.com :: How to Use DotNetNuke Multiple Controller in C#

clock September 10, 2015 06:29 by author Dan

Dear All,
I hope every one worked with this control before with .net, yesterday i just use with DNN and i want to share this with you to use the Multiview controller with the control files.

Register your controls

<%@ Register Src="~/DesktopModules/BV Admin GenerateForm/Admin_GenerateForm_01_SelectCustomer.ascx" TagName="step1" TagPrefix="ke" %>
<%@ Register Src="~/DesktopModules/BV Admin GenerateForm/Admin_GenerateForm_02_AddParent.ascx" TagName="step2" TagPrefix="ke" %>
<%@ Register Src="~/DesktopModules/BV Admin GenerateForm/Admin_GenerateForm_03_AddChild.ascx" TagName="step3" TagPrefix="ke" %>
<%@ Register Src="~/DesktopModules/BV Admin GenerateForm/Admin_GenerateForm_04_formPreview.ascx" TagName="step4" TagPrefix="ke" %>
<%@ Register Src="~/DesktopModules/BV Admin GenerateForm/Admin_GenerateForm_05_SucessMessage.ascx" TagName="step5" TagPrefix="ke" %>


Here .acx are all controllers

Now you add the Multiview controller with your master ascx file

<asp:MultiView ID="MultiView1" runat="server">
        <asp:View ID="firstStep" runat="server">
                <ke:step1 ID="step1_tab" runat="server"></ke:step1>
        </asp:View>
        <asp:View ID="secondStep" runat="server">
                <ke:step2 ID="step2_tab" runat="server"></ke:step2>
        </asp:View>
        <asp:View ID="thirdStep" runat="server">
                <ke:step3 ID="step3_tab" runat="server"></ke:step3>
        </asp:View>
        <asp:View ID="forthStep" runat="server">
                <ke:step4 ID="step4_tab" runat="server"></ke:step4>
        </asp:View>
        <asp:View ID="fifthStep" runat="server">
                <ke:step5 ID="step5_tab" runat="server"></ke:step5>
        </asp:View>

</asp:MultiView>


Code behind:

For Display the active tab
 MultiView1.SetActiveView(firstStep);
"firstStep" is a view ID with i mentioned above

I hope the code will help you.

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DotNetNuke Hosting - ASPHostPortal.com :: 5 Steps to Increase DotNetNuke Performance

clock September 4, 2015 06:59 by author Dan

DotNetNuke Performance Tips

Every website run’s into the ghost of a machine. Latency issues? Long responses for client requests? All ghosts, in which can make managing a DotNetNuke instance very painful. But what can we do?
Lets try and solve a couple of these problems!

Database Size:

As you can guess, the size of your database is very important. Lets clean it up a tad.

First take a look at your “EventLog” table. As you can probably guess from the name, it stores events that happen such as when a user log’s in, when someone tries to login, and just general errors that occur. Yes this is important, but honestly… it is only important in the beginning and the end of your applications life. During the middle of the applications life cycle, I suggest turning it off. Make sure you delete the irritating records left in the DB as well.

To Turn off the Event Log, go to your DNN Host Settings page, and ensure the “Site Log History” setting is set to 0(zero).

A couple other tables to clean out would be “SiteLog” and “Scheduler log”.. These records are also just wasting space on the disk.

Database Scripts:

As well, DNN has plenty of washed-up crappy scripts in it’s possession. You can fix a lot of this by using DNNScripts off of codeplex.

The Application:

First thing to keeping a clean application, is when hosted with IIS. Make sure you application stays alive! If no one visits you website once every twenty minutes, IIS by default shuts it down, therefore causing the first user after those 20 minutes endure a painstakingly slow initial page load time. You can prevent this by using Pingdom or PingAlive . However, if you have access to the server, I suggest you change the Idle Time-out settings.

Afraid that the pinging will mess with your site statistics? Try creating a sub site, on the same application and then having the service ping it instead. That way you can go about your business as usual.

Here is another good resource on ensuring your application is alive at all times. I haven’t actually tried it though.. as it is not specific for DNN. : CodeProject – Keep Your Website Alive

Does you site have a lot of static information? Cache it! You can do this via changing the performance settings to heavy caching.

Module Optimization:

Make sure you use SQL Profiler to find long running scripts, usually from 3rd party modules. Then report those issues to their developers. I like to think, no script should surpass 500ms on the norm.

Remove unused modules from your server. If you aren’t using them, then neither should DNN. Get rid of them!

Your Skin:

Install YSlow and make sure you get an A for performance! You can usually find errors in how things are GZIPed and maybe combine your CSS and JS files to get better performance.

Hopefully one or a few of these methods described will help you with your site. If you have any other tips or comments about how to improve DNN’s performance, feel free to let me know with a comment below.

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