Dotnetnuke / DNN: Brief Overview

DNN CMS and module development comparison with wordpress
DotNetNuke (now referred to as DNN Evoq) is one of the best open source Content Management Systems (CMS) available. When it comes to managing your website system, DNN consistently proves to be a top-level performer. So, how does DNN compare to other CMS systems?

Some of the best sites out on the internet have been created using a DotNetNuke CMS framework. Like all software, DNN continues to get better every year. Its skins, default layers and modules are constantly improving, while the skinning engine of DNN is extremely flexible and easy to use. Security groupings, access, and role assignments for assigning dynamic content for either access or editing is easiest and most flexible of all CMA platforms.

Another advantage that DNN presents versus its competitors is the ability for the administration tools to fully integrate into the website. This makes it easier to modify things, whereas for other CMSs you have to go to separate administration area to make changes. DNN has numerous (23,000) helpful modules which allow individuals to easily customize their websites. 

DotNetNuke and Wordpress are both great platforms with which to build your web presence and together make up the majority of CMS's used online. However, usage generally comes down to your site's purpose. DNN is preferred for medium sized and enterprise eCommerce, while Wordpress is preferable for bloggers, artists, and smaller, local businesses that desire a respectable web presence. 

Let's take a deeper comparative look at some of the top CMS competitors.

(Click here to read a review on the latest version of DNN Evoq Content.)


DNN vs WordPress

Clarity compares WordPress with DNN (DotNetNuke)When people compare DNN to WordPress they generally discover DotNetNuke is more powerful and easier to use. Historically, WordPress is generally easier to install, but this is not true after the implementation of the DNN Evoq Cloud Edition. Both DNN and WordPress prove to show incredible speed. WordPress uses PHP and MYSQL which gives it great swiftness.

WordPress is mainly utilized for blogging. Quite frankly, some people consider it a blogging platform with web page extensions more than a true CMS tool. It does, have thousands of themes at very reasonable prices (templates, skins, whatever your favorite term) and most of them are now responsive. Theme switching is easier in WordPress. For smaller, marketing websites, this can be an advantage to helping you keep your website design fresh, as it's inexpensive and easy to test and preview each theme.

Some individuals feel that WordPress is organized more neatly compared to DNN. At Clarity, we disagree because WordPress hasn't changed much in many years, you have to bounce back and forth between the dashboard and site, while DNN makes huge strides every version and is natively integrated into the actual page you're editing (built in toolbar across the top of the page with view, edit and layout modes). DNN is based on .NET, WordPress on PHP. .NET is a first-tier developer's platform, meaning that every college CS major can develop and customize the site. While both platforms have tens of thousands of plug-ins/modules available, DNN is easier to develop for integrations and customizations.

DNN vs Joomla

Clarity compares Joomla vs DNN (DotNetNuke)It’s a little more difficult to choose between DNN and Joomla. Joomla continues to improve as a CMS, but just as Joomla was gaining momentum, Magento interceded and stole most of its thunder. They even stopped support last year.

A minor weak point is Joomla’s inability to work well with Windows; especially, because a majority of global businesses utilize the Windows operating system. Joomla is written with PHP and also utilizes MySQL. It excels by working in congruence with Linux. Joomla administration functions can be tricky to use. The security group settings are shakier compared to DNN or WordPress. However, there are some 3rd party modules that will help you with this small issue. Joomla is a completely adequate tool that is comparable to DNN. It really just depends which system you’re using and whether you choose a tool who's community is growing rapidly (DNN) versus one that has been declining. The best feature of Joomla is the ability to easily add any kind of link to any navigation menu.

DNN vs Drupal

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When people compare DNN and Drupal, they often find DNN works more efficiently with Internet Explorer. Drupal tends to work a little bit better in Firefox. Drupal and DNN are similar in that they are both open sourced and free. Drupal is written in PHP and distributed by GNU. According to, “Drupal is only used by 2.0% percent of the websites in the world.” Drupal is commonly used for a lot of personal blogs and government websites, similar to WordPress' community.

A majority of Drupal users use Drupal core which has all the basic features of a CMS system. Although Drupal is one of Clarity's supported development CMS platforms, we also only see around 2% of our client base using Drupal. 


Clarity Can Help

No matter which CMS you decide to use,  Clarity can help you customize any web software for any purpose or goal that your company needs.