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Using Blog Machine is easy and fun. In this tutorial I will highlight all major aspects of its work including installation process.
- .net 2.0 or newer versions (3.0, 3.5, etc.)
- DotNetNuke 5.0 or newer versions
- SQL 2005 or newer versions (2008, etc.)
Follow the steps below to install the Ultimate Video Gallery module to a DNN portal.
- Log in to a DNN portal.
- Proceed to “Host - > Extensions” page for DNN 6 (if you use DNN 5 go to “Host - > Module Definitions” page)
- Click “Manage” button and click “Install Extension Wizard” for DNN 6 (if you use DNN 5 scroll down to the bottom of the page and click “Install module” link).
- On the next page click “Upload” and browse for the module pack on your computer. Choose the pack and click “Open”.
- Follow the steps offered by the installation wizard to run the installation.
After the installation is complete the module is going to be available for setup and use.
Look and feel of the blog is easily customizeable via standard DotNetNuke skins and containers; however, therei is an advanced tool to automate this process. Using template manager you can define locations and order of blog submodules. While blog supports all major browsers, we recommend using Firefox or Safari in template manager for better performance and user experience.
Template manager uses your skin layout as the basis for the blog template. It inherits all skin panes and styles.
To move submodule from one pane to another, hover its gray title area, then drag it where you want it to be. You can add additional submodules from available set listed in scrolling 'template manager' bar.
Blog machine allows embedding third party modules. Here are examples of what you can have using third party modules: twitter timeline using Twitter module on your blog root, video player or pictures gallery in your blog post, etc. In order to embed other modules in Blog Machine you need to user 'external modules' control (follow the link on sliding control panel). You can embed pretty much any module available in your DNN control panel dropdown.
Don't embed modules that could compromise your portal security.
You can set up blog machine to work as a regular blog for single user. Selecting 'Single Blog' option will allow you to have one blog per module instance. This option fit scenario when you need to set up a simple blog for yourself or your company. DotNetNuke portal administrator will have an ability to manage blog posts by default (you can assign different role later on).
Choosing 'Multi Blog' option during Blog Machine set up will allow you to create bloggin environment similar to DotNetNuke Blogs with multiple blogs managed by multiple users.