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Active Social - Profile Overview

by Will M on 18 Nov 2008 09:10 AM

One of the common requests we received with Active Profile was, "How could every user have a default profile?".  Active Social uses the built-in profile information from DotNetNuke.  This has several advantages:
1) Every user will now have a profile.
2) The profile can be maintained in one location.
3) Custom profile fields in DotNetNuke are immediately available in Active Social.

While relying on the DotNetNuke profile mechanism provides the best form of integration, we did face some challenges.

1) We wanted to be able to register and complete profile information as a seamless process.
2) We wanted to have the option to upload a picture as part of the initial registration.
3) We needed to preserve all of the existing DotNetNuke registration logic.
4) We wanted to add further options that allow you to have better control and greater flexibility for the registration process.  New options include:
      a) Registration blacklist by email and username
      b) Option to require unique email address
      c) Option to require unique display name
      d) Option to use email address in place of username.
      e) Option to disable display name.
      f) Option to force profile update.
    
5) The profile display, edit and registration process needed to be 100% template driven.

Below are a few screen shots that will show some of the items I have listed above.
















    12 Comments for Active Social - Profile Overview

    jbrunken
    jbrunken
    18 Nov 2008 09:40 AM

    Wow, love the profile page!

    So we will be able to replace the DNN registration and login pages with those from Active Social?

    -Jason
    Will Morgenweck
    Will Morgenweck
    18 Nov 2008 09:42 AM
    www.activemodules.com
    So we will be able to replace the DNN registration and login pages with those from Active Social?

    Yes. You can also mange users directly from the Member List.
    Steven Webster
    Steven Webster
    18 Nov 2008 10:05 AM
    www.overlooktechnologies.com
    Will - that looks great. I'm excited...so much so that I think I've become a cyber stalker of ActiveModules...checking your site every 30 minutes or so. I may need to seek help. I'm starting to feel like those guys on "to catch a predator".
    jbrunken
    jbrunken
    18 Nov 2008 10:27 AM

    You're waiting a whole 30 minutes?

    MHuijbregts
    MHuijbregts
    18 Nov 2008 12:40 PM
    www.biservices.eu
    Hi Will,

    It sure looks promissing!! I'm glad that the waiting is almost over Do you also have some screenshots of the integration with r3d party modules?
    teambound
    teambound
    18 Nov 2008 01:00 PM

    Is the profile page above the same page where you would load the former ActiveProfile modules such as lists, video, pictures etc? or is there another page. Using the core profile certainly is beneficial with regard to consolidating info but what if you wanted to have specific profile attributes by user type?

    thanks
    Will Morgenweck
    Will Morgenweck
    18 Nov 2008 01:14 PM
    www.activemodules.com
    Is the profile page above the same page where you would load the former ActiveProfile modules such as lists, video, pictures etc?

    Yes, the sample above could serve the same purpose. Keep in mind, the profile page is not an HTML template. You can make it display pretty much anything you want.

    Using the core profile certainly is beneficial with regard to consolidating info but what if you wanted to have specific profile attributes by user type?


    Good question. If I understand correctly, you would want User Type X to have certain profile properties and User Type Y to have other profile properties. Not a problem at all. Managing a profile is also template driven. By default it will list all profile properties as defined in the core profile. However, you could actually choose a set of templates and make them available by Role. This would allow you to show or hide certain fields by Role.
    Teambound
    Teambound
    18 Nov 2008 02:05 PM

    Thanks Will

    So the profile page as we know it (activeprofiles) is replaced by the sample above with the ability to template the page and add anything we want to it -- even other modules?

    With respect to profile templates by role - fantastic!

    Thanks to you & team for your hard work!
    Joey
    Joey
    18 Nov 2008 02:14 PM

    Thanks for keeping every one updated on Active Social. there is one thing i haven’t seen yet but i hope it is included. ... the ability to rate profiles. ie: a staring system or a thumbs up or down system.

    also ...

    on active profile, user profile utilizes one of the “panes” (left right or center). when using active social to set up the default profile, will i (as the administrator) be able to place the modules (my pics, my friends, ect...) in any of the DNN panes.

    I hope I am making since. if not please feel free to email me and i will try again
    samanderson4
    samanderson4
    21 Nov 2008 09:17 AM

    Will,

    Will we be able to integrate with other modules? I'm using ventrian property agent and would love for my uisers to be able to track their properties from their profile and also track all of their uploaded videos and pictures.

    Sam
    Michael Gerholdt
    Michael Gerholdt
    22 Nov 2008 09:09 AM

    Users might need a greater ability to control who can see their data. They might want to suppress their profile altogether, or they might want to allow only folks in certain user groups to view it. The DNN profile gives them some control but perhaps not enough for a social community where there is a broad range of kinds of people or interest groups.

    Do you provide an the ability for users to manage the visibility of their profile or items in their profile in a more granular fashion than does the core profile?
    David Wagner
    David Wagner
    30 Nov 2008 12:11 AM

    I noticed the above biography is different than the dnn 4.8 user profile biography which still does not save updates for any of my users. Does the one in the screen-shot above replace the one in my dnn installation ?
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