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Thursday, June 15, 2006

DotNetNuke 3.3 and 4.3 released

Yes that's right, the latest version of DotNetNuke has made the leap to 3.3 and 4.3!

It looks like the core team have spent a lot of time on this release with lots of new features.

You can read the full announcement of the release in the DNN forum

Here you can download the latest versions of DotNetNuke

The new features include:

Membership, Roles, Profile Providers – Based on a variety of serious limitations in the default Microsoft ASP.NET 2.0 Providers, DotNetNuke® has been enhanced with an evolutionary set of equivalent abstract APIs and concrete implementations which provide greater extensibility, a richer feature set, and simpler administration.

Extensible Profile Management – Consolidating a wide range of community enhancement requests, the Profile service has been completely overhauled. Run-time extensibility enables site administrators to create and manage profile properties through a highly intuitive user interface. Profile properties are fortified with a broad range of attributes to help facilitate advanced business processes. Profile information is stored in a database format which allows for simple accessibility, searching, and extraction. Developers have the ability to create custom property editor controls as well as profile items which are specific to their modules.

Secure Folders – Building on the existing document management capabilities, a number of new storage options have been introduced at the folder level. Administrators can now create secure folders which can be locked down by role to prevent unauthorized access. In addition, folders can be designated for database storage if you wish to utilize the database rather than the file system for storage of specific documents.

Usability – Minor improvements to the content management capabilities have the potential for major productivity gains. Enhancements include AJAX-style “in-line” content editing, custom page templates, an improved interface for copying existing pages, and the ability to use the URL selection control from within the rich text editor.

Performance – Module settings are now cached to significantly reduce the number of database hits, caching logic was optimized throughout the application to eliminate threading issues, and a variety of modules were enhanced with improved module output caching techniques.

A full list of the features can be read in the Venexus blog

In the DotNetNuke forums, it was pointed out by leopold,

"Please notice, that there is a new download type "Upgrade". It still contains release.config, you need to use as a basis for your web.config (keeping your db connection string and object qualifier, as well as encryption keys), but it does not contain module upgrades, you will need to download and install new versions of modules separately from the projects' download page.

Please notice as well, that source version of DotNetNuke 3.3.0 and 4.3.0 does not include source versions of modules. You will need to download and install source code versions of modules separately from the projects' download page."

Charles Nurse has also blogged about a New Module Upgrade Wizard (.NET2) to be made available.

I will provide further information on the latest release after I have tested in my localhost installation test areas.

I would recommend that you do the same before upgrading the latest release to a critcial live website. Usually initial bugs are found in the latest release which are quickly fixed, so it's worth taking your time before applying the upgrade...

Happy DotNetNuking!

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