Microsoft Backs DotNetNuke
Microsoft has announced that it is backing the .NET open source content management system DotNetNuke.
DotNetNuke is the most widely used .NET content management system (CMS) and we at Silverbear use it to implement our self-service portals for clients and also websites for some of our clients.
We find it provides easy-to-use CMS functionality and integrates well with our Microsoft Dynamics CRM SBMembership membership management and CRM solution.
The SBMembership Self-Service Portal
The self-service portal is a key part of the SBMembership solution. Giving your members access to their own member only area of your website helps provide value to your members, but also helps reduce admin for your association.
The self-service portal can be branded to match your own corporate styles through DotNetNuke “skins” (styling). The portal can then be populated with a range of information and data, including event listings, news, articles, documents and any other type of information that will be of interest to members (and part of their membership benefits).
New and non-members can quickly and easily register to access your portal, where depending on their membership type, they can access relevant information and manage their membership profile. All registration and profile amendments will automatically be fed into your CRM system, due to the seamless integration between SBMembership and your business platforms.
The self-service portal also enables members to make purchases through the powerful eCommerce capabilities. Items such as membership subscriptions, training events, conference places, books and other member related products can be bought using credit/debit cards, direct debits or invoices. Any member based discounts can be set up and automatically applied based on the membership type. All of this helps provide value to your members and helps reinforce the strong relationship with your membership base.
Microsoft & DotNetNuke
The strategic alliance with Microsoft will provide the CMS through Microsoft’s Windows Azure cloud. This will allow users to use DotNetNuke without needing to install software or hardware.
Microsoft is also investing in the DotNetNuke solution and providing technology assistance for the Azure cloud platform.
This will give even further impetus for the increasingly popular DotNetNuke CMS platform.