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Chris Hammond is the Operations Director for Clubready, LLC in Ellisville, Missouri. He has spent over 11 years working with open source projects in the ASP.NET ecosystem, primarily DotNetNuke. Chris is a published author and has been a frequent presenter at conferences, user groups and companies around the world. Chris provides many ASP.NET and DotNetNuke tutorials through his blog at ChrisHammond.com and Christoc.com. He is also an active DNN Community member, providing support in the DNN Forums.
One of the best things I love about the DNN platform is the ease of building, releasing, and updating Extensions for your website. If you need custom functionality you can either build something yourself, or likely find something that someone else has developed previously that might fit your needs.
If you are an extension developer for DNN (previously DotNetNuke), you have many options for how you can get those modules into the hands of potential customers. If you want to get your modules into the hands of as many different users as possible, you can’t just stick to one distribution mechanism, you need to reach out and try to get your extension available in as many places as possible.
Some of the ways for distributing your modules include: 1) Hosting on your own website, 2) Hosting on GitHub, 3) Hosting on Codeplex. The often overlooked one however, especially for free and open source modules, is 4)
The DNN Store.
The Store is a great marketplace for DNN extensions, and while it primarily is used to “sell” extensions, there was even a time free extensions were discouraged or even removed, that is not the case anymore. You can list your extensions, modules, skins, or even providers, to get your products out in front of more customers. Some of the benefits of doing so
One thing I would highly suggest, if you are selling modules, DO not use the Store as a way to get people to “try” your modules, and then point them to your own website to do the selling. That is just not cool.
Please be sure to check out some of my free extensions in the Store:
HammerFlex and DNNCHAT being the two most popular extensions I have there. And yes, to be upfront, those links have referral codes embedded in them!