We've needed an update to the QCDUG site for a little while now and as we all settle to our new roles running QCDUG events and managing the QCDUG marketing messages (website, email, twitter, etc), we'll continue posting new updates and additions.
Today's post celebrates a few of those new items and gives a nod and thankyou to the old versions of each.
New QCDUG Website Skin
The original QCDUG skin was (IS) fantastic! Produced by Clint Patterson in his hobby-days of DNN before he was invited to join corp and become our favorite DNN enthusiast and promoter full-time.
The new QCDUG skin is from long-time DNN Module developer & superstar Mandeep Singh of www.mandeeps.com. You'll know him for the indespensible modules Live Tabs and Live Content as well as the growing family of "Live" modules. With his introduction into skins, the newly released Porto Skin is a clean, modern skin that is mobile responsive focused and integrates fantastically with the Live Blog module.
New QCDUG Blog Module
Although we have an equally long-standing love for the core DNN Blog module, especially after the latest updates in the 6+ version level, the synergies between the new Porto skin and Mandeep's Live Blog module were too much to resist! The install process to setup Live Blogs is simple and quick. The ability to set the Theme for the blog settings to be the Porto style made it simple to style and integrate. But the best thing is likely the import process! The Live Blog module allows for automated import from older and other popular blog modules such as DNN Core Blog module (older ver 4x, 5x), DNN Core Blog module 6+, SunBlog, and other modules as well as from an external Google Blogger or WordPress blog.
New QCDUG Logo
The original logo was provided by the partnership of nVISIONative's Ansel Brown and David Poindexter. This logo captured the best of the chrome from our favorite old DotNetNuke logo version of the time and picked up the red from the beloved DNN gear / sprocket. While we toyed with the idea of keeping a gear in the new version of the logo, we felt it was time to update and match more the style and elements of the current new DNN logo.
Allison Crossmon of Moore Creative was the designer for one of QCDUG's Day Of DNN conventions, the Southern Fried DNN event in 2013. That logo helped set the mood for the successful DNN event that brought people from all over the southeast and all parts to our Queen City for some DNN Community excitement.
The new look of DNN's new logo and new branding further inspired fun and creative ideas. There were several ideas that grew from the creative marks, shapes and colors of the new DNN feel. Those were presented to the QCDUG user group members during the DNNCON in West Palm Beach. Voting chose a winner that we'll be excited to see as the new look of QCDUG going forward!