As DotNetNuke gears up to release an updated version of their platform this summer, they’re allowing developers a sneak peek at new features and modules. This release has a ton of enhancements, but I’m most excited about the new Journal module; it makes DNN a powerful tool for collaboration!
The Journal is essentially an activity steam that displays user-generated content. Users can enter a text-based update, upload a file or photo, or insert a link. The creator can even choose to limit the entry’s visibility for added security.
As micro-blogging keeps growing in popularity, the Journal module makes DNN even more accessible for education and business settings because it encourages discussion among users.
Each Journal entry, or post, can be commented on, just like you’re used to on a number of social-centric sites. Though DNN has had the ability to host documents and other media used in collaborative environments, this is the first release that will allow groups to share ideas and information without leaving their site.
Plus, it’s customizable, so administrators have full control over the type of information that gets shared. On the backend, admins can define the types of Journal entries are allowed, how long each entry is, and more. Rumor has it the Journal will also have an API, making sharing content from DNN to other applications a cinch.