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Rating:        Based on 42 ratings
Reviewed:  30 reviews
Downloads: 132439
Released: Dec 24, 2008
Updated: Apr 14, 2011 by DotNetNuke
Dev status: Beta Help Icon

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Release Notes

Major Highlights

  • Added jQuery support to the core platform. jQuery will now be distributed as part of the DotNetNuke installation and will be available for use by module developers.
  • Added support for Internet Explorer 8 Web Slices. Administrators can configure any module to use IE8 Web Slices including the ability to set time-to-live and expiration values.
  • Removed distinction between admin modules and pages and normal pages. This allows administrators to easily delegate access to any portion of the application to any group of users.
  • Updated the installation services to support manifest files for all extension types. Now skins, containers, providers and modules are all first class citizens that can be installed and uninstalled.
  • Expanded XHTML, WCAG and ADA compliance.
  • Refactored core to improve support for Unit Testing. Refactored several core classes to use interfaces and added a simple component factory to provide dependency injection support.
  • Added ability to deny permissions in the permissions grid. This new feature extends the permission framework to give administrators greater flexibility in defining permissions.
  • Added Widget framework. The new Widget framework allows you to quickly add JavaScript/html widgets to your site with very little effort. The framework supports the use of a simple object tag based representation which means you don’t have to know JavaScript in order to add the widgets.
  • Added new Object notation for using skin objects in Skins. Skin designers will no longer need to include separate XML files when creating and packaging skins. No more funky “SKINOBJECT” tags littering your html. This significantly simplifies the process of creating skins and further opens up skin development to a broader group of designers. If you include a simple JavaScript reference in your HTML skin, you can even get a full WYSIWYG experience when designing your skin.

Security Fixes

  • Includes a rollup of all 4.x security fixes

Updated Modules/Providers

The following modules and providers have been updated in the 5.0.0 packages. Please see the specific project pages for notes on what bugs or enhancements were corrected with each release.


Reviews for this release

The best Open Source CMS by far. Outstanding framework. Lack of documentation? Get the books from Wrox (even for DNN 5).
by aramon on Feb 25, 2009 at 2:01 PM
UPDATE YOUR DOCUMENTATION. Stop offering them in PDF only. Ever heard of Doxygen and other tools? Get you act together, this might be one of the most badly managed open source projects out there. Update your absolutely hideous and slow website.
by kitsune on Feb 25, 2009 at 9:23 AM
This review is specific to 05.00.00. Many neat new technologies and features introduced but would recommend waiting for next release. I've run this locally in debug mode finding issues caused by such things as not using .ToLower() in comparisons to simply not finding apparent support for 4.x skins & modules. It's a great start but should still be a beta release. High hopes for next RC! John
by johnvndnbrk on Feb 16, 2009 at 6:49 PM
Don't hate the player, hate the game... Best Open Source Content Management System by far and beyond... I have delivered projects in Joomala, Mambo, phpNuke, postNuke, plone & SharePoint (+STS) There are plenty of documentation for DNN and excellent guidelines through the DNN developer’s community & forums. DNN is AFUEGO; powerful, robust & extensible for everything you need it for….
by AFUEGO on Feb 13, 2009 at 10:02 PM
While the documentation was very, very bad, I had no issues in getting this up and running. Compared to some of the commercial software that I have been configuring this week, this was a piece of cake!
by nbstrat on Feb 4, 2009 at 2:58 AM
As with any X.00 release there will always be bugs. Even though the main DNN site states the release is ready for prod environments, you have to take that with some salt. Just like with every other software "wait till service pack 1 to upgrage"
by birgiolasj on Jan 27, 2009 at 1:14 AM
Attempted to use the platform for a large scale enterprise deployment. It was not well suited for the task, we spent the majority of the time replacing dnn components. Third party modules generally have had a poor architecture for large scale deployments. The modules have provided little value out of box considering the other issues we've run into specifically with horizontal scalability.
by TimmyC on Jan 24, 2009 at 5:37 AM
Obviously there are still some minor problems but I did not experience any installation problems at all. I really like all the new stuff expecially the "free admin modules"
by JanOlofssen on Jan 21, 2009 at 10:35 PM
Dreadful upgrade process! Poor documentation, poor support. I have been running DNN for about 4 years now and each upgrade makes it more painful than the last.
by TestShoot on Jan 20, 2009 at 12:00 AM
DotNetNuke is a good framework, but the official GUI should be more user-friendly. The framework needs more documentation on it, too. The development team should improve their web site a little more, and more appealing.
by Kevinul on Jan 19, 2009 at 9:17 PM
Note a best choice to start new with. There are only fiew modules working and there are bugs in creating portals and aliases (not able to create alias for other than default portal; can't crete alias on diferent than 80 port (expl: localhost:88)... that is much I got in this one day.
by ectrl on Jan 15, 2009 at 1:59 PM
Quite buggy. The documentation hasn't been updated since 2006, even though major changes have been made, and hints of what you are supposed to do are scattered throughout the net. User-facing errors such as "Object reference not set to instance of an object". There's obviously been no serious testing of this release. I'm left with egg on my face for recommending DotNetNuke to my client
by dmarkle on Jan 15, 2009 at 12:47 PM
Still have problems in install database scripts when install with Turkish regional settings. @isscalarfunction must be @Isscalarfunction @istablefunction must be @Istablefunction
by skilic on Jan 14, 2009 at 8:25 AM
Same old bloated mess
by wojan on Jan 14, 2009 at 3:09 AM
I haven't gotten into the meat and potatoes yet - but on a brand new installation it went fine on a IIS7/SQL 2008 machine. I haven't yet run into any issues. In the 5 minutes I've played with it - it was very responsive and had some cool new features.
by tadkins on Jan 13, 2009 at 2:39 PM
Even though there are bugs to be worked out, this is the best DNN release to date! The next stabilization release should be outstanding! Documentation is due to release any day now, and there is PLENTY of blog fodder about this release on
by hismightiness on Jan 13, 2009 at 1:43 PM
There is absolutely 0 documentation on this product. Even on the home site there is barely a mention of the product release. With over 15 blogs you think there would be alot of chatter about this upgrade. Even Shaun's blog is empty no new posts since funding. Crazy. Enter at your own risk
by gemery on Jan 13, 2009 at 7:04 AM
There's some obvious bugs, but most are workable. Severe lack of documentation. You're on your own with this one if you install it.
by Salaza on Jan 12, 2009 at 9:27 AM
VERY VERY buggy. After a lot of things to get an upgrade to work, I did clean, fresh install of 4.9 and then the upgrade, even that did not work. I hope a tested version is released soon.
by mcsrick on Jan 9, 2009 at 6:13 PM
Reading the feedback/comments, I am sad. PHP is better, planning to shift. Was expecting something excellent.
by varundev4u on Jan 9, 2009 at 5:19 AM
Unbelievable lack of documentation. I simply don't believe any meaningful testing has been performed. Never heard of GAMP ? Many of us now have heavy commercial interests at stake. Core Team need to realise this. Quickly. It seems that each successive release gets sloppier with no apparent managment supervision. Note:- Blogs are NO substitute for proper documentation.
by vigorniensis on Jan 9, 2009 at 3:39 AM
Got this error after installing and clicking 'login': A critical error has occurred. Method not found: 'System.Collections.Hashtable DotNetNuke.Services.Authentication.AuthenticationConfigBase.get_ModuleSettings()'. I can't use the portal environment at all without being able to login which makes it useless. It's a shame cause I was really looking forward to this release. Agree - poor testing
by 0800tim on Jan 9, 2009 at 12:19 AM
A lot of bugs indeed. How can I check out the current source and commit patches? I don't have the patience to wait for the core team to fix all the bugs.
by pacoaw on Jan 2, 2009 at 2:38 PM
What a fantastic new version. Yes, some sites will need to make a few minor adjustments before upgrading, but it's not difficult and I'm sure those items will be addressed shortly. Performance is amazing! New features are well thought out. This truly a great release for DotNetNuke.
by WillMorgenweck on Jan 2, 2009 at 2:08 AM
Running DNN 5.0 Install in FireFox gets a "Redirect Loop", and an infinite loop in IE. Doesn't look like a stable release yet.
by dotnetnuke_jr on Jan 2, 2009 at 12:37 AM
I noticed a lot of things don't work or are made too complex. Also having troubles with some modules. Icons of my admin and host dropdown are broken links.
by StijnClaessen on Dec 31, 2008 at 12:02 PM
What a disappointment! The Beta releases and the release candidates were qualitative better! What did you do? Error here, exception there. This version is definitely poor tested, not reliable and therefore useless!
by mkievit on Dec 31, 2008 at 10:50 AM
And still no updated docs..... I'm waiting a while till I upgrade
by Senthrax on Dec 30, 2008 at 10:55 AM
Two and a half years since the documentation has been updated. I'd expect a new version to at least have updated docs?
by Lyynx on Dec 30, 2008 at 5:11 AM
Where has the testing gone? It's discouraging that after so long, to see so many things not working, broken, forgotten... I know it's open source, but it seems that the fixation to get released on Christmas day saw the proper testing forgotten. Fortunately I run with a fully compiled version that doesn't suffer these problems, but for the community at large, this release should have been better.
by nina on Dec 28, 2008 at 10:27 PM