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DotNetNuke Hosting - ASPHostPortal.com : How To Enable Google Analytics on a DotNetNuke Website?

clock October 22, 2015 21:25 by author Kenny

How To Enable Google Analytics on a DotNetNuke Website?

Google Analytics is one of those must-have tools when running a website.  The tasks of tracking traffic sources, browser versions, search terms, etc. are all made easy.  The developers of DotNetNuke have also made using Google Analytics on a DotNetNuke website simple.

Installing Google Analytics in DotNetNuke is a fairly common request from many individuals and I know it can be a quite troubling question for most. The primary questions are how and where can I put the javascript code provided by Google. Well you have a few options. First you could put the code directly in the skin for the site, the advantages to that would be that you will automatically have the code on all pages, however, the disadvantage is that you cannot use that skin as is on another portal due to the site specific Google information. I personally go the route of adding a text/html module to my site and set it to show on every page and insert the script in a very specific location which I will discuss below. There are a few drawbacks to this method. First you will not get any statistics information on traffic to "edit pages" where other modules are not displayed and you also will not receive information regarding administration modules. However, in most circumstances this shouldn't be an issue.

The best way to include this information is to include the information in the Module header of the text/html module. This is to prevent the accidental removal of the script code if you happen to click inside the module as an admin to enter in-line edit mode. Below I will walk you through the steps needed to implement Google Analytics using this method. (NOTE: you can extend this for other javascript integrations if needed).

Step By Step

  • Add a new Text/HTML module to a page of your site, you can position it anywhere, but I recommend the bottom of the page as administrative users will still see the module when they are logged in
  • Edit the text of the module to contain no text
  • Enter the module settings from the SolPart Action Menu
  • Expand the "Advanced Settings" section
  • Check the box next to "Display Module On All Pages?"
  • Insert your Javascript code in the "Header" box. This will ensure that the data is always retained
  • Now under "Page Settings" -> "Basic Settings" un-check the following boxes
    • Display Container
    • Allow Print
    • Allow Syndicate
  • Ensure that the "Cache Time" is set to 0 (Caching appeared to cause issues with this implementation in my testing)
  • Click "Update" to save your changes

This should complete the setup. You may now test to ensure everything is functioning correctly. You can log out as an administrator and view your site and no extra content should be displayed however if you look at the generated source you should see your javacript listed. Google Analytics should update within about 15 minutes to show that they are receiving your data.

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DotNetNuke 7 Hosting with ASPHostPortal.com :: How to Increase SEO in Your DotNetNuke Site

clock June 12, 2014 12:47 by author Kenny

In this article, we will talk about how to increase your SEO in your DotNetNuke site. DotNetNuke (DNN)   is an open source content management system powered by ASP.NET/Microsoft IIS web-based technologies. Although the CMS is open source, the web component platform is proprietary. The most common database used in DNN is Microsoft SQL Server, while as of June 2010, most DNN websites can be run using ASP.NET 3.5.

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is a cross-functional discipline and to achieve findable websites, a variety of tactics must be employed. When building DotNetNuke (DNN) websites, optimizing your websites for findability can be exceptionally challenging. DotNetNuke has many SEO features. These SEO features, however, can have a dramatic effect on how your DNN website is indexed by Google, Bing and others, and as such, can have an effect on your page rank and search results.

Start Using Semantic Markup in the Skin

Semantic markup is crucial to providing context to your content. As modules are added to the page to create the content of your site, additional markup is often a necessary evil in providing the features native to DotNetNuke. By using semantically correct markup in your skin, you’re boiling the cream to the top.

Site Settings

Here we’ll talk about one of things NOT to do when it comes to SEO in DotNetNuke. In the “site settings” of DotNetNuke, administrators have the ability to enter descriptions and keywords. By doing that, those items will then be placed in the META tags for EVERY page on the DNN website. For SEO, this is an extreme no-no, as it will confuse the search engines and reduce the relevancy and page rank of your overall DNN website. It may be an easy way to get keywords throughout your site… but it will definitely hurt you in the long run!

Make your URLs Friendlier

DNN has been making a slow journey toward a friendlier URLs. If you’re interested (and you should be) in moving faster toward full control over your URLs there are a number of extensions that will give you a long list of features make your URLs even friendlier.

Page Titles

One of the nice features about DotNetNuke is its ability to add dashes between spaced words in your page title. For example, if you title a page “DNN SEO Tips”, DNN will title the actual URL as “DNN-SEO-Tips”. This ensures that the individual words in the title will be relevant to Google.

Submit a XML Sitemap

Each DNN site automatically generates a XML sitemap (sitemap.aspx) Page Priority Starting in DNN 5.01, individual pages can have a specific priority assigned in the XML sitemap. Starting in version 5.01, DNN allows you to explicitly assigning page priority to your pages to instruct search engine bots on the hierarchy of your sites’ pages. Additionally, it is important to submit your XML sitemap to search engines.

Robots.txt

OK, this one gets a bit technical for the casual DotNetNuke administrator, but robots.txt is an important factor when comes to SEO, so what we’ll do in this section is give you enough information that you can intelligently go to your IT person or your hosting provider to ask questions.

DNN Takes Care of Meta Content

The last consideration is not so much a task, but a reminder to take care of your page meta content. DotNetNuke does a lot of the work for you in generating Demonstrate the source of meta content in DNN. It is arguable as to whether this content is relevant or considered in search engine rankings, but it can’t hurt to provide more context for your site.



Free Trial DotNetNuke Hosting :: How to Hover Dropdown Menus for Responsive Twitter Bootstrap Skin for DNN 7

clock March 19, 2014 08:42 by author Kenny

Bootstrap is a free collection of tools for creating websites and web applications. It contains HTML and CSS-based design templates for typography, forms, buttons, navigation and other interface components, as well as optional JavaScript extensions.

Twitter's Bootstrap is an excellent set of carefully crafted user interface elements, layouts, and javascript tools, freely available to use in your next web design project. This video series aims to introduce you to Bootstrap; taking you all the way from downloading the resources, to building a complete Bootstrap-based website.

While in the process of developing our own Responsive Twitter Bootstrap Skin for DotNetNuke 7, we had to jump over a couple of hurdles. First we had to figure out how to implement a dropdown on hover menu. Secondly, we had to overcome the Bootstrap issue where once you are on a child page, you cannot navigate back to the parent page in the menu. Bootstrap is against both of these features, however we feel as though these features provide a user friendly interface, especially while using a tablet or smartphone. With that said, we wrote this article to save you the headache to incorporate these two features in your Responsive Twitter Bootstrap Skin for DotNetNuke 7.

 

The real beauty was that I realized, I had included both the data-toggle="dropdown" and the data-hover="dropdown". You must only use the data-hover="dropdown" to fix both issues! The correct code is below:

Now you will have dropdown on hover menu items AND will be able to navigate to the parent page from the child page.



Free Trial DotNetNuke Hosting :: How to Hover Dropdown Menus for Responsive Twitter Bootstrap Skin for DNN 7

clock March 19, 2014 08:42 by author Kenny

Bootstrap is a free collection of tools for creating websites and web applications. It contains HTML and CSS-based design templates for typography, forms, buttons, navigation and other interface components, as well as optional JavaScript extensions.

Twitter's Bootstrap is an excellent set of carefully crafted user interface elements, layouts, and javascript tools, freely available to use in your next web design project. This video series aims to introduce you to Bootstrap; taking you all the way from downloading the resources, to building a complete Bootstrap-based website.

While in the process of developing our own Responsive Twitter Bootstrap Skin for DotNetNuke 7, we had to jump over a couple of hurdles. First we had to figure out how to implement a dropdown on hover menu. Secondly, we had to overcome the Bootstrap issue where once you are on a child page, you cannot navigate back to the parent page in the menu. Bootstrap is against both of these features, however we feel as though these features provide a user friendly interface, especially while using a tablet or smartphone. With that said, we wrote this article to save you the headache to incorporate these two features in your Responsive Twitter Bootstrap Skin for DotNetNuke 7.

 

The real beauty was that I realized, I had included both the data-toggle="dropdown" and the data-hover="dropdown". You must only use the data-hover="dropdown" to fix both issues! The correct code is below:

Now you will have dropdown on hover menu items AND will be able to navigate to the parent page from the child page.



DotNetNuke 7 Hosting - with ASPHostPortal.com :: How to Building an Ecommerce in DotNetNuke Module

clock February 24, 2014 06:04 by author Kenny

DotNetNuke is a program that runs on Microsoft ASP.NET. It is also a framework, meaning, it is a program that is designed to be extended. One of the ways you extend the framework is to create modules. These modules are installed inside a DotNetNuke installation and when they run in that DotNetNuke installation they extend the framework to create a DotNetNuke website also called a portal.

In this article I will tell you about “How to Building an Ecommerce in DotNetNuke Module”

For the first, you will need to open the DotNetNuke website development copy in your Visual Studio. Then simply add a plain file to your eCommerce in DotNetNuke project by making use of a DotNetNuke Dynamic Module template, which comes fully installed with your DotNetNuke Starter Kit package. Open your web.config file to trace the compilation node. Then simply proceed to add a node titled codeSubDirectories under compilation. Add one more item under the codeSubDirectories by using name of your module entered by you in the last step, in the following format: <add directoryName="ModuleName"/>.

Now, go to the Solution Explorer and proceed by locating the DesktopModules directory. Here, you will find a fresh directory that has been created by Dynamic Module template, below your DesktopModules directory. Rename the directory with the same module name used by you in your previous steps. You must next log-in into the DotNetNuke website, opened previously by you in the Visual Studio, by using the facility of a host account provided for the purpose. Under the main menu of this host account, select the Module Definitions option, and then select the Create New Module option. Now, you will need to fill-up this module form by making use of the same module name used by you in the steps followed earlier.

After that is done, click on the Add Control of the form for Create New Module. From the drop-down list, click select on the file that has been added to it by Dynamic Module template. This file represents module name that was specified in your previous steps; only with the extension:.ascx added to it. You now need to open this.ascx file in the Visual Studio. It will display both a code-behind view and design created by the module template. You can add functionality to this code-behind file as deemed suitable to your eCommerce in DotNetNuke. Visual and layout elements may also be added to your design view, if desired. Before making an attempt to create the module, it is advisable to verify DotNetNuke portal installation functionality.



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