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I’m not yet out of Europe. I’m sitting in my hotel room in Paris, enjoying the sounds of the
city, just blocks away from the Eiffel Tower. I spent about an hour last night after midnight,
exploring the city. I can’t help but reflect on what DNN has done for my life. It’s
quite literally changed it, for the better, time and time again. As a minor and superficial
example, over 15 years ago when I started with it, I never thought it would lead me to Switzerland
or France, much less riding a scooter around the Eiffel Tower after midnight. I’ve come a long
way over the years, and so has our community. We’ve all grown, and this conference marked an
important new milestone in our mutual journey.
With all of the security breaches that have been happening over the years, I’ve always been skeptical
of using a password manager. Do you remember the (completely preventable) breaches at places
Home Depot, and the massive one
at Equifax? Security is always a balancing
act. You’re constantly trying to walk that fine line between convenience and protection. This high-wire act,
unfortunately, leads many people into truly insecure password practices. The most common taboos include writing it
down somewhere, using the same one everywhere, and using passwords that increment by a single digit. Historically,
many data breaches have one or more of these as the root cause.
If you've been around DNN for a while, you may vaguely remember a monthly show that existed
where myself and Joe Brinkman spoke about the various interesting news items of the month,
and we also interviewed various folks in the DNN community. Well, it's back! That's right.
This is the first of many DNN Hangout shows for you to enjoy.
Our team has been working hard at delivering the next great release of Hotcakes Commerce. This time, we primarily focused on some updates
that both our support clients and the community really wanted. We’re very happy to announce
that version 03.02.01 is ready for you and it brings with it some very popular updates.
One of the number one things I speak about with clients is brand, or branding. In fact, when embarking on any project,
internal or external, it’s probably the very first thing that we discuss. This is especially true with small
businesses and businesses who need to employ local and social media marketing strategies. You need to first
know what your brand is, how to speak about your brand (with as few words as possible), and how people should perceive
your brand. Most importantly, what will people say about your brand when you’re not looking?