Rating:        Based on 21 ratings
Reviewed:  18 reviews
Downloads: 15123
Released: Apr 19, 2010
Updated: Apr 20, 2010 by dnnsvn
Dev status: Stable Help Icon

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Release Notes

Major Highlights

  • Fixed issue where portal settings were not saved per portal.
  • Fixed issue with importing page templates.
  • Fixed issue with updating Site Settings.
  • Fixed issue with System.Web.Extensions dependencies when running in ASP.NET 4.0
  • Fixed issue with User Profile and Custom Registration modules
  • Fixed the View Profile module so it displays a message if it is placed on a page which is not defined as the Portal's profile page.
  • Fixed issue with content list module not being added to search results.
  • Fixed issue with yellow screen on some upgrades.
  • Fixed issue with the packaging of Telerik RadEditor Provider
  • Fixed issue with displaying child folders in Telerik RADEditor Provider File dialogs.
  • Fixed issue where the registration email was being sent to the user being registered instead of the admin user.
  • Fixed issue with missing fields in new vw_PortalsDefaultLanguage View
  • Fixed issue with Tags skinobject which didn't validate for empty strings.
  • Fixed issue with the name of the Content List module
  • Improved performance of GetTabPermissionsByPortal stored procedure.
  • Improved efficiency of core object caching.
  • Improved performance by precompiling commonly used regular expressions.
  • Improved performance by using more efficient string comparison methods.
  • Support icon in ribbon bar is now hidden in CE.
  • Check issue DNN-12122, second to last paragraph. This behavior is according to spec.
  • Included latest release of Telerik controls.
  • Ensured compatability with ASP.NET 4.0 runtime.
  • Ported TelerikEditorProvider to Community Edition
  • Ribbon Bar Control Panel –The new ribbon bar control panel provides content contributors with more editing options in a highly convenient format, allowing users to create pages, install new modules, edit content, and preview pages more quickly and easily than ever before.
  • Added support for localising portal details. If a site is running with multiple active languages, the site settings page allows an administrator the ability to provide different settings for each language (culturecode). In addition, this supports a fallback strategy where if no record exists for a language, a check is made for a record for it's fallback, and if no record exists then it fall's back to the portal default language.

Security Fixes

  • User account escalation Vulnerability

Updated Modules/Providers

The following modules and providers have been updated in the 5.4.0 packages.
Please see the specific project pages for notes on what bugs or enhancements
were corrected with each release.


  • FormAndList 05.01.02


  • Telerik Editor Provider 05.04.00

Reviews for this release

After installing the starter kit, wen i select the template, suddenly i get a gazillion errors indicating xxxxx files missing. I have no idea how to deal with it
by farax on May 12, 2010 at 10:06 AM
Files are missing from the starter kit zip file. I did a manual install and now I get an error message stating that it cannot register something related to the default skin. I really wanted to work with this version. I love DNN, but I am very disappointed.
by judyvedder on Apr 27, 2010 at 7:07 PM
evidenced from the 5.02.02 to the 5.3.1 problems solved 5.2.2 to 5.4 update. is good, more your own modules work correctly, that stopped working AddModuleMessage messages (.)
by martinezalonso on Apr 24, 2010 at 12:27 AM
Guys, seriously, I'm a HUGE fan of DotNetNuke, but the attention to detail lately has not been very good on these releases. When you release something you should definitely not leave the words "Alpha Version" in the code that renders that text in the browser's title bar.....this is pretty simple attention to detail. I don't like to complain because it's open source and free, but come on!
by kirksnosehair on Apr 23, 2010 at 7:56 PM
I've tried to move ver. 5.2 from ASP.NET 2 to ASP.NET 4 - most of functionalities don't work. Then tried to upgrade site 5.2 to 5.4 (on ASP.NET 4) – upgrade process was successful but site doesn’t work . Then tried fresh install 5.4 on ASP.NET 4 - site doesn’t work properly - there are problems with e.g. Repository Dashboard, Help categories (cannot select category for tutorial) and more…
by hydrogenous on Apr 22, 2010 at 4:13 PM
Upgrade package doen't work ( 4.9 --> 5.4 ) ! 2 days of works , and nothing works . this not a professional works !
by idefix on Apr 22, 2010 at 8:57 AM
I've had a dedicated DNN server for many years. I test versions ending in .0 or .1 on staging servers but I don't generally implement anything before .2. These early releases serve a helpful purpose of maturation and I'm glad to contribute in testing and reporting issues. I'd advise community members to understand these processes and be wise about when to deploy a version to production.
by jtisdale on Apr 21, 2010 at 10:48 PM
Love DNN, but.... If you are now charging $ for the "Pro" version, then you are not anymore an open source company, and all the upgrade problems that the 5.x version has had are not allowed anymore for a paid product. The company then MUST became "Pro" too. It is not possible that you cannot even upgrade from a previous version or even WORST that some people LOST their sites/data.
by luisfco on Apr 21, 2010 at 8:14 PM
This is a good try to implement content localization and i recommend in conent localization to take the approach for making every module has a localization variable to define in which locale it will be rendered, but for this release its considered to be VERY Buggy, also the form and list module has problems the search box doesn'tshow !?
by hanivic505 on Apr 21, 2010 at 1:48 PM
Why in the title: "Alpha Version"?
by PcMaKeR on Apr 21, 2010 at 12:30 PM
Great new functionality, I'm happy with the progress in the core framework! But, as mentioned by others, some effort in making the upgrade package work would be advisable. I haven't been able to upgrade to either 5.3.0, 5.3.1 or 5.4.0 as all of the upgrade packages will totally crash my sites.
by happysalsero on Apr 21, 2010 at 11:42 AM
I upgraded my Parent Portal with Child Portals to 5.4.0 . This went well, but on some pages I had some error messages (couldn't create instance of object). But the worst thing was that one Child Portal was completely vanished. Had to go back to previous install.
by acandael on Apr 21, 2010 at 11:41 AM
I am rating this release by an upgrade standpoint. In the case of DNN 5.4 testing clearly fell short of the goal. A new install is great. An upgrade is nothing short of a mess. SERIOUS ADVICE: do not upgrade if you like your site. If you want your site to crash, then you should definately upgrade... next please. ***Disclaimer: I LOVE DOTNETNUKE! I just don't like DNN 5.4 because it broke my site.
by gracemedia on Apr 21, 2010 at 8:05 AM
We have upgrade from 04.09.03 alle Steps green and ok. Website display an Error. We see that the Telerik.Web.UI.dll is not included in Upgrade 05.04.00 btu we have copied this from install package. The Second Error brings our Portal-Test-Installation down with the Error. For Each objTab In PortalSettings.ActiveTab.BreadCrumbs
by guidokuehler on Apr 20, 2010 at 12:18 PM
Always good to see a new release coming along.
by EPT on Apr 20, 2010 at 11:34 AM
the upgrade version screwed up my previous install
by floD on Apr 20, 2010 at 10:04 AM
But i can't open the full solution. There is an error on ~siteroot~\buildscripts\Telerikproviderpackage.targets was not found. one of the provider project cannot be load
by klkkeio on Apr 20, 2010 at 8:41 AM
Upgraded my personal site and loving the new features! Wrote a blog on how to get access to the new features http://bit.ly/crdPIG
by christoc on Apr 19, 2010 at 9:14 PM