DNN 7.0 is simply beautiful and simply powerful. It has a beautiful new design that makes it easy to get started and even easier to manage content with features like drag & drop and a new control panel. DNN 7.0 frees you to design spectacular web sites and develop powerful modules that take advantage of our latest and most innovative user interface advances with a completely rewritten default.css.
But DNN 7.0 also has a beautiful mind. It’s the most powerful version of our Social CMS and development platform to date. It gives in house and commercial module developers the ability to develop web services through the DNN Service Framework which is now based on Microsoft’s Web API. That means that web sites can now communicate and interoperate with any kind of device, application or web site that operates over the web. With the included jQuery, jQueryUI and Knockout.js libraries developers now have even more power to create dynamic client-side applications. We are also extending DNN 7.0 to work better in the enterprise by providing support for Active Directory and SharePoint Lists.
New Control Panel
DotNetNuke 7.0 includes a brand new control panel for managing your site. Each menu has been updated to offer a more intuitive experience. We've even made it possible for end users to personalize the menu by creating their own bookmarks within the menu. The Host and Admin menus include areas for common items, advanced items and personal bookmarks. The Modules, Pages and Users menu items provide quick access to common features in those areas
View Mode By Default
Navigating page-by-page while in edit mode has never been the most efficient way to navigate a DotNetNuke site. Edit mode increases the overall page payload and browser rendering. In DotNetNuke 7.0, users are now always in View mode. The Edit Page menu gives the user the ability to quickly toggle edit mode along with providing quick access to common page tasks. We are still working out a few details in this area so don't be surprised if you run into strange behavior while accessing admin or host pages.
Drag And Drop Modules
DotNetNuke 7.0 brings back Drag-n-Drop and it's better than ever! You can now drag modules between panes and from the control panel to a pane while in edit mode.
We received a lot of feedback about the Manage button that we introduced in DotNetNuke 6.0. In DotNetNuke 7.0 we have removed the Manage button in favor of a new approach that will provide greater consistency with skins. The Manage button has been replaced by an Actions menu that properly separates common module tasks. You will see three icons that represent Edit, Manage and Move. The Edit menu will be used for module defined actions. The Manage menu is used for settings and admin tasks. The Move menu is used to move a module between panes when drag-n-drop isn't available.
The first thing you will notice is that the installer has been updated. Not only have we updated the look and feel, but we also simplified the overall install process. You shouldn’t have to click through a series of screens in order to just get your website running. With the 7.0 installer we have taken an approach that allows for the application to be installed quickly, but also provides you with the ability to configure advanced features if you wish. .