Umbraco is one of a few open source .NET web content management solutions on the market today, but it isn't the only one. DotNetNuke (news, site) is another popular open source solution for the Microsoft community and they have the stats to prove it.
What's Been Happening with DotNetNuke
We've covered the comings and goings of DotNetNuke a bit in the last six months. From their infusion of Series A Capital Funding in the amount of ....oh that's right, they're not telling, to the announcement of a new CEO in December of last year, to moving into CodePlex, they've been busy.
We didn't catch all the news though. In February, DotNetNuke releases a professional version of their web cms which is basically a certified version. What that means is that you now have things like:
- Guaranteed product issue resolution
- Proactive management of security issues
- A second level of testing to ensure DNN can support mission critical apps
- Early access to new features and functionality
- A voice in the features for upcoming versions
Can't tell you what is costs -- they don't list pricing on the website. The Community version will still be licensed under the BSD. You can look at the differences between the versions here.
While at Microsoft TechEd in early May, DotNetNuke managed to pick up a nice little award. They were recognized as a leading content management system by the readers of asp.netPRO magazine in their annual 2009 Readers’ Choice Awards. They weren't the winner -- that went to SharePoint web content management -- but they were runner up. Telerik Sitefinity CMS picked up an Honorable Mention.
Spreading the Love
DotNetNuke has been on the move, adding new offices in a number of locations to promote their content management solution. In addition to moving headquarters to bigger digs, they also opened a developer office in British Columbia, Canada and a UK office to serve their worldwide customers.
To date, the Professional Edition has picked up over 50 customers. The DotNetNuke community has grown to over 700,000 members and there have been 6.5 million downloads of the software -- a nice number.
DotNetNuke is listed as on the open source alternatives in CMSWatch's The Web CMS Report 2009. It's listed with a number of strengths including a well established roadmap, dozens of modules included in the core and an extensible module framework.
There were some weakness listed as well which include workflow, versioning and Office integration. Some of these issues may have been fixed in the newest version coming up.
Version 5.1 of the Community Edition of DotNetNuke is now available for testing, so if you are interested in seeing what this web content management system can really do, start your download.