DotNetNuke 5.4 Adds Support for .NET4 and Document Management
There may be back room concerns about DotNetNuke (newssite) rushing out releases, but if the numbers and awards are any indication, they are handling things well.

High Growth, Awards and Promotions Abound

We are half way through 2010 and as expected, the vendor financial news is starting to surface. DotNetNuke has announced that the first half of this year has done well. The open source .NET-based Web CMS saw a doubling of customers for their Professional and Elite Commercial Editions to 800.

Other notable numbers:

  •, DNN's third-party app marketplace, had over 24,000 transactions from 16,000 customers
  • The DNN Partnership Program now has 92 certified partners
  • DNN now powers around 600,000 production websites and has roughly 800,000 registered community members

Along with solid numbers, DotNetNuke picked up a number of awards and analyst recognitions:

  • Gartner named them among the list of Cool Vendors For Web Content Management
  • Red Herring listed them as a finalist for North America
  • Others included AlwaysOn OnDemand 100 winner, and a CRN 2010 Emerging Vendor

Changes inside the company yielded a number of promotions. Of interest: Chris Hammond from Engage Sotfware is the new director of training, Shawn Walker is now Co-Founder and CTO, and Terry Erisman is now VP of Product Marketing.

To Quick to Release? 

In April, DNN released version 5.4 of their Web CMS which included support for .NET 4 and Visual Studio 2010. It also added Document Management capabilities to the Professional and Elite commercial editions.

When we announced the new version there were a number of comments outlining issues with releases coming out too quickly and being very buggy. 

DNN's Shawn Walker addressed these comments with the following comment:

DotNetNuke is a highly extensible content management platform. The flexibility it offers is essential to our users as it provides the ability to customize without affecting the integrity of the core. However, this flexibility does present challenges in terms of comprehensive quality assurance. The last 2 major releases have suffered from isolated issues which primarily affected some of our third party module developer community and their customers. In the future, we will do a better job at getting beta releases into people's hands earlier so that they can test their code for potential compatibility issues. In addition, we are taking a variety of other measures to mitigate these scenarios from occurring in the future; many of which involve deeper engagement with our passionate developer community.

Release 5.4.1 of DNN came out at the end of April resolving many of the issues identified. The current release available is 5.4.4.