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August 2023 SoFri - Southern Fried DNN Hangout




In this Southern Fried DNN User Group Meeting:

Speaker: The Southern Fried DNN User Group!
Topic: Community Hangout

The conversation starts with a reunion after a long time and discusses various topics, including Google Analytics 4 transition. We various topics, including online advertising, event tracking, DNN Summit 2024, MVP (Most Valuable Professional) program, and DNN Platform releases.


Community Topics, Notes and Updates

  • The conversation begins with a reunion of SoFri meeting IN PERSON and recall their last meeting in January 2020 during DNN Summit in Orlando, just before the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The conversation touches on the challenges of transitioning to Google Analytics 4 (G4) and the complexity of the process.
  • Google Tag Manager is suggested as a flexible option for implementing G4, allowing for various tracking needs.
  • Some clients faced issues with G4 transition, especially if they relied on Google Ads and remarketing.
  • There is a discussion about the importance of monitoring analytics and remarketing, especially for businesses heavily reliant on digital advertising.


Generated Summary of Meeting Video

  • πŸ‘‰ Online Advertising:
    • Some businesses do not engage in online advertising or marketing; they rely on their websites as brochures rather than for advertising purposes.
    • There is a perception that they don't care about advertising as much as they used to.
  • πŸ‘‰ Event Tracking:
    • The conversation touches on increased event tracking, especially since the transition to Google Analytics 4. They mention features like scroll tracking and tracking video playbacks for large organizations.
  • πŸ‘‰ DNN Summit 2024:
    • DNN Summit 2024 is being planned for February 7th and 8th, 2024, in a virtual format using Hopin.
    • They explain the decision to continue with virtual events due to uncertainties and costs associated with in-person events.
  • πŸ‘‰ MVP Program:
    • The MVP program is being discussed, and there is a conversation about potential changes to the selection process, including the use of a ranking vote.
  • πŸ‘‰ DNN Platform Release:
    • The latest release of DNN Platform is 9.12, and they hint at an upcoming release (9.12.1) while waiting for some final updates.
    • πŸ’Ό Clean install of the current development branch is working well.
    • πŸ’‘ Encountered a glitch with the library "sharp ziplib" during an upgrade scenario.
    • πŸ“… Planning to release the fix next week, but no promises.
    • βœ… Encouraging users to upgrade to the latest version.
    • πŸ”’ Mentioned security updates addressed in the latest release.
    • πŸ› οΈ Will Strohl has been active in releasing new modules and updates.
    • πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Introduced a user and role management module that can be placed on a page.
    • πŸ†• Released new commands for DNN prompt extensions, including user demo creation and deletion.
    • πŸ†” Implemented a new authentication flow for logging into DNN using email-based magic links.
    • πŸ”„ Released a new version of the DNN generator for module development.
    • πŸ“’ Forums have received recent improvements and updates.
    • 🀝 Encouraged community involvement and giving back.
    • πŸ€– App token system introduced in DNN based on a community idea from DNA Connect.
  • DNN Elements
    • A new beta version of DNN Elements called 020.1 was released with minor bug fixes and UI improvements.
    • DNN Elements are reusable web components that can be used in various contexts within DNN, including SPA modules, MVC, and web forms.
    • Some components include confirmable buttons, checkboxes, collapsibles, and an image cropper that allows cropping images in the browser.
    • The Monaco Editor, similar to VS Code's editor, is also available as a web component for use within DNN.
    • Discussions are underway about revamping the default HTML editor in DNN 10 due to the end-of-life status of CKEditor 4 and licensing issues.
    • There are multiple options being considered for the new HTML editor, with the Monaco Editor as a potential candidate.
    • The challenges include managing settings, extensions, and file uploads while ensuring compatibility and permissions within DNN.
    • DNN users can contribute and participate in these discussions to shape the future of the platform.
  • The conversation also briefly mentioned the busyness of DNN-related work, updates to existing DNN instances, and the need for FIPS compliance for certain projects.
  • Marco from Costa Rica shares his DNN Success Story!
    • πŸŽ‰ Marco from Costa Rica shares his success with DNN as a crucial element of his web design and marketing agency.
    • πŸ“ˆ Marco emphasizes the importance of using DNN for SEO and marketing, helping clients achieve top Google rankings.
    • πŸ’Ό Marco discusses his approach of providing semester reports to clients, focusing on user behavior in Google search.
  • Mark Buelsing shares an update
    • 🌲 Mark, who's walking in the woods, talks about his heavy involvement in DNN Sharp and Plant.
    • πŸŒ† Mark mentions working on various data-heavy applications and software as a service (SaaS) projects.
  • Sherman shares his DNN enthusiasm!
    • πŸ“§ Ryan mentions having pending emails to Sherman, highlighting his active engagement and contributions.
  • πŸ’Ό DNN and Business
    • The speaker uses DNN for business purposes.
    • They are trying to bring DNN to the oil field industry.
    • They mentioned integrating RoboHelp into DNN.
  • πŸ“š Learning and Challenges
    • The speaker has watched many DNN tutorial videos.
    • They face challenges with outdated links and updating features.
    • They want to streamline modules and remove unnecessary features.
  • πŸ“± Mobile App Project
    • There's a discussion about a mobile app project related to hunting and game processing.
    • The app helps hunters communicate with meat processors.
    • It aims to solve communication issues and optimize the meat processing industry.
  • πŸ—“ Upcoming Content
  • Suggestions for future meetups, including inviting DNN-related guests.
  • Exploring new DNN features like Chat GPT integration.
  • Considering alternating between daytime and nighttime meetings.
  • Discussing the possibility of having sponsors for in-person meetups.
  • πŸ˜„ Mentioned favorite restaurants
  • ✈️ Suggests flying somewhere
  • πŸŽ™οΈ Ending recording
  • 🍻 Planning to hang out
  • πŸ—£οΈ Encouraging people to join in-person next month
  • πŸ“Ί Inviting viewers to join the after-show show

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