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In my spare time (is there ever any?) of the past couple of days I have been manipulating both the ASP.NET Starter Kits and the source code from DotNetNuke . Both frameworks seem to have their advantages and disadvantages but I really like the DotNetNuke stuff a lot. You can take this source code, install it on a web server, add the SQL Server database (or Access if you really must), make a few minor “adjustments” and you have a pretty cool looking web app in production. As I am not that 'graphically inclined' (my wife thinks I see everything in shades of grey), the skinning architecture of DNN is superior to the Community Starter Kits and with very little tweaking, you can completely overhaul the visual identity of the site. Furthermore, there are numerous skins available for DNN where as the Starter Kits only have a select few (although these can be modified, you still need a graphical eye as to what looks good). I will continue to use both in tandem in my quest to conquer ASP.NET, but DNN is worth a hard look.  Posted on Wednesday, June 16, 2004 8:38 AM | Back to top


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# re: ASP.NET Community/Portal Starter Kit vs. DotNetNuke
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I'm actually playing with the community starter kit now...I have to admit it's really easy to get up and running out of the box.

Going to go have a look at DNN now though, just to compare. Thanks.
Left by Scott C Reynolds on Jun 16, 2004 12:54 PM

# re: ASP.NET Community/Portal Starter Kit vs. DotNetNuke
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I think you'll fine DNN is pretty easy to get going as well. I'm running WWWCoder.com on it, and it handles the load easily and I can write modules for it and extend it pretty easy. I noticed today that IISFaq.com moved to DNN, and PDABuzz.com also runs it. I think you're going to see more sites moving over to it as time goes by.
Left by Patrick Santry on Jun 18, 2004 2:13 PM

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I just starting into asp.net and was wondering, is it easy to create my own web application (a case management system where user creates, deletes and edit information called from sql server using stored procedure) and then use it through DNN? Are there any examples out on web where my web app can be integrated into DNN and the use DNN security to handle what contols a user has access to.

thanks
Nick
Left by Nick on Oct 23, 2004 5:49 PM

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None of the sites running DNN work
Left by Joe on Dec 16, 2004 2:30 PM

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I am working with the newest version and DNN 3.0.7 and it works great on my local system but all I get are errors and errors when I load it on the server. very frustrating.
Left by Trevor on Dec 23, 2004 2:35 PM

# re: ASP.NET Community/Portal Starter Kit vs. DotNetNuke
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I'm a newbie to both - but for me, CSK is easier than DNN. One feature I miss on CSK that DNN has built in - the ability to approve registrations before a visitor gets access to the site. You can build a custom module to handle that in CSK - but I'm not quite ready to tackle that. I've also found better support pages / resources - including a book, dedicated to the starter kits.
Left by Sue on Jan 13, 2005 12:40 AM

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I'm some years working with Community Starter Kit (C#).
During this time I moved it to ASP 3.5, addad MS Ajax, Forum, Enhanced Scheduler (I don't like to use Google), enhanced security system, enhanced user managment and many many others. Now working on Blogs.
My web site "www.kievchurch.org.ua" is working on this framework (site in Russian language). May be one day I'll make my system Open Source.

Want to say, based Community Starter Kit is completely s**t:
1. Based SQL queries are not optimed so much! I even was fired from some hosting platforms because of this problem!
2. Many mistakes in Source Code and SQL SP, so in some case system works completely incorrectly.
3. Basic design is looking not good and hardly extandable
4. User management is completely bad (you even cannot restore your password)
5. Comments management is the worst one I've seen (no possibility to delete / edit messages).
6. No Forum, No scheduler, Nothing...
5. No good modules, no forum, no, no, no...

Plus is that you could easy extend it as you wish as I did it. For example base SQL SP file contains 265kb of SP, I wrote 200 kb of new SP to extend the system. Also I wrote about 2/3 of new code for this community. It took about 2 years part time and 6 month full time work.

So now my core works fast, stable, easy to enhance / maintennce and looks fine.
If you want to use the base one be careful about be fired from hosting platforms because of terrible SQL weight.
Left by Vladimir Oleynik on Sep 24, 2009 3:45 AM

# Help ASP.NET Community Stater Kit
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Hello Vladimir Oleynik

As I understand it, you work (or worked) with the CSK 1.1 per long, even in sitou post some problems I'm facing right now.

Develop a website with ASP.NET 1.1 CSK system. Community (www.comunidademaconica.com.br) for a long time this site ran smoothly, there are now more users, the system is very slow and on the grounds of high resource utilization of SQL Server, I'm being kicked out of hosting provider.

As I understand it (note that I used a system of google translator, sorry if English is not acceptable) for my sling is PORTUGUESE (Brazil) you have or have had the same problems.

Have any tips or how to help, because my site is accessed quite a community and this now dead because the provider has blocked access to the SQL server.

Thanks

Carlos A Proença
Left by Carlos A Poença on Oct 29, 2009 1:10 PM

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