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Looking into the various ways that content can be shared in a DotNetNuke site

In this post I will demonstrate with a hands-on example the various ways content can be shared across many pages in a DotNetNuke site.

I will continue writing posts about DotNetNuke because it is my favourite CMS,based on ASP.Net and I use it a lot. 

I have installed DNN 7.0 in a web server. You can see the default installation and site -http://dnn7.nopservices.com/

Bear in mind that this is the community edition of DotNetNuke

1) I am logging into my site as a host - power user.

2) I am going to add a Text/HTML module to the Home.aspx page.

3) I am navigating to Modules -> Add New Module. From the available modules I choose HTML module.This is the most commonly used module in DNN sites. We can add content, images, flash files into this module.

4) I am adding this module to the ContentPane of the Home page

Have a look at the picture below

 

5) Now, that I have the module in my pane, I must add some content to it.I just click on the Edit Content

Have a look at the picture below

 

6) I add some sample content (inside the HTML editor) on the page and click Save.My content has been added.

Have a look at the picture below

 

7) Now what if I wanted to share the contents of the the Text/HTML module across other pages of the site?

I navigate to the http://dnn7.nopservices.com/AboutUs.aspx page,then Modules -> Add Existing module. Then I select the Home page, the Text/HTML module I added in the Home page (I have titled it DNN) and then I add it in the new page (AboutUs) in the ContentPane

Have a look at the picture below

 

8) The module and its contents are inserted in the AboutUs page. Have a look at the picture below

 

 9) Now if I go back to the Home page and I add some more content.Have a look at the picture below

I have added "The main site where you can download everything is http://www.dotnetnuke.com". If you navigate to the AboutUs page you will see that those changes were reflected to that page as well.

10) But what if I did not want this to happen? I mean what if we wanted to copy a module across one or more pages but didn't want to have the content changes of one module reflected to the others in the other pages.

First I am going to delete the Text/HTML module (titled DNN) from the AboutUs page.

Have a look at the picture below

 

11) Now I am going to add the Text/HTML module (titled DNN) from the Home page to the AboutUs page again.I navigate to the http://dnn7.nopservices.com/AboutUs.aspx page,then Modules -> Add Existing module. Then I select the Home page, the Text/HTML module I added in the Home page (I have titled it DNN) and then I add it in the new page (AboutUs) in the ContentPane.Please note that I have checked the option Make a Copy

Have a look at the picture below

 

The Text/HTML module is added to this page as well. Now if I navigate to the Home page and add another line of content in the Text/HTML module e.g

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and then move back to the AboutUs page, we will see that this new change did not reflect on the AboutUs page.

12) Finally I would like to show you another way to share content across multiple pages in a DNN site.

I am adding a new module to the Home page.  I am navigating to Modules -> Add New Module from the control panel. From the available modules I choose HTML module.I add some sample content to this module. You can add anything you like. I have titled this module DNN RoadMap by going to the module Settings.

Have a look at the picture below

 

Then I add the module title and in Advanced Settings, I check the option Display Module on All Pages. By doing that this module will appear in the same position in all pages of the site.

I have the option to add this module only to the pages ( Add to new pages only? ) that will be created in the future (new pages) but I will not do that right now.

Then I hit the Update button. This module will be added to all pages.

Have a look at the picture below.

 

Please note that by using this setting we have the following behavior

  •  If you change the contents of the module titled DNN RoadMap that was added to all pages, those changes will be reflected across the site.
  •  If you delete the module from one page, that does not mean that all modules from all the pages will be deleted. 
  •  If you go to any page that the module DNN RoadMap was added and then go to Settings and then uncheck the option Display Module On All Pages , then this module will disappear from all the pages except the current one.

Hope it helps!!!

Comments

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Amazing post! Thanks a lot for sharing.

# January 25, 2013 7:08 PM

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# February 14, 2013 4:10 AM