Entries for February 2009

February 25, 2009

Recurring Billing with Quickbooks

I know I typically blog here about .NET and DotNetNuke, but I have been fielding more and more questions via e-mail about how I manage my business.  So it was with that, and a recent question that I had of my own that I might try making a few business related posts here.  If there ends up being interest, I will continue with some general business items, otherwise, we will just go back to the regular scheduled programming!

Now, on to the issue at hand, when running a business such as mine, it is very common to have "recurring" invoices.  Say for hosting or support items that may be monthly, quarterly or yearly.  Up until now I have been using a crude system to remember, and honestly it hasn't been all that effective.  Having Quickbooks I figured there would be a way of doing it, but for the life of me I couldn't remember.  So I posted out to Twitter to see if anyone had recommendations, and in literally 5 minutes @BrandonHaynes responded with the perfect solution, and that is what I explain below.

February 18, 2009

Explaining High Performance DotNetNuke Configuration and Management

My recent postings regarding DotNetNuke have been very popular among the community and each of them have covered specific aspects of performance improvement. However, none of them have gone through the full collection of "performance optimizations" that are possible. This article is going to summarize the items from the existing articles and will try to explain some additional, bigger picture elements that come into play, and considerations that must be thought of during any site configuration.
February 14, 2009

Site Upgrades and Performance Improvements

Those that frequent this site and the other sites that I operate might have noticed some periods of service interruptions over the past 2-3 days as I have been working on some infrastructure upgrades for our collections of sites.  As part of this, it was my goal to improve the "average load times" of various pages of my DotNetNue sites.  As many people will note, they have been pretty fast before, but that just wasn't good enough for me.

So, now I'm proud to say that I'm done with all of the major changes and the functionality of all sites should now be stable, I've love to get some opinions of those regular users/visitors of my sites to see if they can confirm the improvements. 

View the full article for a listing of sites affected as well as benchmark information that I have.

February 06, 2009

DNN Performance Tip: Disable Unused Auth Providers

One of the most common questions I get regarding DotNetNuke performance is; "Why is the DotNetNuke login so slow?".  Well there are a number of reasons, but one of the most common issues is that every time you visit the login page it has to determine which provider to show you.  If you are using multiple providers, there is not much way around this.  However, if you are running a site that is NOT using any other providers, you have some options to really help speed up the performance of your login page.

View the full article for details.

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