DotNetNuke 6.1 officially hits the street today and along with some performance and security management improvements, the open source Web CMS now makes it easier for you to launch and manage your mobile websites.
An All New DotNetNuke
DotNetNuke (DNN) 6.0 was released in July and while it wasn't a complete rewrite of the open source content management platform, it offered up a brand new simplified user interface, integration with the Azure cloud and a few more important elements of functionality.
And like any other Web CMS vendor, it wasn't the end of the improvements. Today, DNN is announcing a few more and the key focus you find in DotNetNuke 6.1 is the ability to create mobile websites.
DNN 6.1 Goes Mobile
DotNetNuke Mobile Capabilities
DNN 6.1's basic premise is that it's easy to set-up, manage and deliver mobile versions of your website. This was a big demand from DNN's customers, which isn't really surprising, considering Gartner has indicated that mobile, which includes both smartphones and tablets, is one the top ten strategic technology trends for 2012.
Mobile Website Management is built on the DNN 6.0 User Interface, so you should find it very intuitive to use. Some key capabilities include:
- Use the DNN Page Administrator interface to quickly add a mobile page.
- Built-in Google Analytics.
- Automatic device detection and site redirection, so it doesn't matter where the user lands, they are automatically redirected to the interface that best suits them.
- Optimized mobile menus, so you can create different menu functionality based on device.
- Built-in mobile content previewer for Android, Apple, BlackBerry and Windows Phone 7
- A mobile template that mirrors the Awesome Cycles 6.0 template for websites.
DNN Mobile Redirection settings
DotNetNuke's mobile capabilities leverage HTML5 and CSS to provide the optimal user experience. It licenses WURFL, an open source device detection repository to detect the devices used.
DNN Mobile Preview
What About Native Web Apps?
I did ask Shawn Walker, DNN's CTO why DNN decided to go with mobile websites instead of mobile apps. He told me that mobile websites were an immediate solution, DNN could easily leverage the DNN content management platform to redirect people and content to mobile devices.
He also indicated that DNN is looking at a services layer for native mobile apps, so we may hear about that somewhere in DNN's future.
Security & Performance also on Tap for DNN
Not to be left out, security and performance improvements are also a part of DotNetNuke 6.1. A new Site Groups features makes it easier to manage users across multiple sites. With the help of Single Sign On (SSO) and a single profile, you can manage the permissions of users across multiple websites.
And performance. DNN has managed to speed up page rendering by 70%, which effectively speeds up the delivery of your user experience. These performance improvements were made across all DNN editions: community, professional and enterprise.
It's a DotNetNuke World
DotNetNuke is doing very well these days, showing record revenues in its third quarter from commercial sales. The company attributes this to the release of DNN 6.0 and to organizations committing to longer terms, as well as more enterprise licenses (where you'll find its SharePoint connector). DNN has also made a number of key hires over the year and plans to focus a lot of energy on its growing European market.
Also good to point out that DotNetNuke made a Gartner Magic Quadrant: it is a niche player in the Horizontal Portals market.