At our last QCDUG user group
meeting some of our members said they wished there were some basic content editing tutorials they could direct their users to for general help/guidelines with editing content in the DotNetNuke
HTML editor. As far as I know there are not any ultra-basic tutorials focused on the HTML editor so I decided to cut a few videos in attempt to help fill this small, but sometimes repetitive need. These tutorials are the ones that review tasks so simple that it almost seems pointless to create them. Nevertheless some end-user will eventually ask how to (INSERT SIMPLE TASK HERE) and it would be great to have a video link ready for them. Hopefully some of these tutorials can save you time from explaining the same principles over and over again to different content managers/editors.
I chose to cut these videos on a DNN 5x version because I figured that there may be a good percentage of sites who haven’t upgraded to DNN 6x
yet (but you really should!). Also since DNN 6 lets you configure the HTML editor some of the features I show may not be visible to your end users depending on how you configure your editors.
I also realized that you may want to brand these tutorials as your own. For this reason I didn’t verbally publicize who I am in the videos nor did I affiliate myself with any organization or user group. What I couldn’t hide though, was the thick southern accent! If you’re not from the south then just tell anyone that may watch these videos that you’ve got a country boy doing your basic tutorials section. The videos are HD and I uploaded them to YouTube (all as "unlisted"), but in case you want to brand these videos as your own I’ve uploaded the raw video files that can be edited with a video editing software + I’ve uploaded the Camtasia project files in case you own Camtasia. The video files are .MP4 files that are embedded in the zip folder with the Camtasia files.
Be sure to watch these before distribution because I may do something in a way that you think is not correct and/or I may say something wrong! In the image video I used a free service to resize images
and you may or may not want your clients doing that. So just a heads up.
The first batch of tutorials I cut were:
- HTML Editor Overview
- Proper formatting of text
- Working with text
- Creating a bulleted list
- Creating a Numbered List
- Inserting a Horizontal Rule
- Tables and Table Formatting
- Creating a link to a file
- Creating a link to a page
- Creating an Anchor/ Bookmark
- Resizing, Uploading, & Embedding Images
If there is a concept that I didn’t cover that you would like for me to…feel free to submit your ideas on the Contact Page
. Will I do a tutorial for your customized need specific to your site?… no (or maybe for some dineros). Will I do a tutorial for a general editing task that could benefit the broader DotNetNuke community?… yes!
I’ve created these tutorials as a small way to give back to the DNN Community and hopefully save someone out there some time. I encourage you to also find ways you can give back because after all, if you’re running a DNN site then you’re right here with the rest of us… standing on the shoulders of others!