Cross Article 7.2 enables multiple users to publish their news/article/blog and attach videos/audios/images/documents as easy as ABC. It includes 12 sub modules which offer many cool features which haven’t seen in other competitors, as followings:
1.Multiple user support, authorized users can post their own articles and attached video/audio/photo/document with it.
2. Each user can manage their files. Module supports automatic convert user upload videos to .flv or h.264 format.
3. Amazon simple storage services (Amazon S3) supported.
4. Upload multiple/large files at one time using Ms Silverlight upload control.
5. All display interfaces are template based.
6. Administrator can disable unwanted article attributes.
7. Administrator can create additional article attributes as their wish. These attributes can be displayed using text box/drop down list/radio button list and check box list.
8. Besides article/news/blog, you can use this module publish nearly all information by create different departments. And assign categories/attributes/tags for each department.
9. Rss/Email integrated.
10. There are 12 sub modules in package, but all data are manage via 1 single module(CrossArticle_Admin), the other 11 sub modules are used to display information.
11. Anarchy media player plug-in supported to enable author post any type of audio/video with article and play it.
12. Fully integrate with Active Social module. When a new article is created, it will automatic add in author profile on Active Social module.
13. Bulk edit/delete articles(new in v6.5)
14. Fully rewrote based dnn 6 framework, to utilize the new features which provided in dnn 6.x(new in v6.7)
15. Google news site map/dnn built-in site map supported to let Google index your news articles more easily(new in v7.2)
View our live demo as following, to see how each sub module works:
You can view more showcase which submitted by our clients at http://DnnModule.com/Showcase.aspx. And download 30 days trial version at http://DnnModule.com/FreeDownload.aspx. Please read “Cross Article 7.2 user guide.pdf” before test it.
Please note, v7.2 is based dnn 6.x. If your sites are still in dnn 5.x, please check Cross Article v6.6 at http://www.snowcovered.com/Snowcovered2/Default.aspx?tabid=242&PackageID=22735.
2. Module Highlights
2.1 Dnn 6.x based, Multiple user, file manage, Large file upload, Amazon S3, Video convert on-line/off-line
2.1.1 Fully rewrote based dnn 6.x framework
Dnn 6.x is a revolutionary version. It brings a lot of new exciting features, like the form pattern, the jquery ui(jquery tabs), the popup windows..etc. Many clients request us to integrate these new features into Cross Article module, so we fully rewrote it to utilize these new features. You will like Cross Article new interface if you use dnn 6.x to build your site.
P1 - New interface in v6.7
2.1.2 Multiple user support.
Administrator can choose roles which can post article/blog/information, specify disk quote and item count this role can have.
P2 - Multiple user support
2.1.3 User file manager
If user belong to edit roles and his disk quote not set to 0. He can manage his own folder/files. When edit his articles, he can choose related files(image/video/document,etc) from these files. He can add/delete folder, upload/move/delete/rename/unzip files. Just like site administrator can do in dnn standard “File Manager” page, user can do the same work too. Except the “Upload“ function, module provide more powerful tools.
P3 - User file manager_local
2.1.4 Multiple/Large file upload
Module provide multiple/large file upload via Ms silverlight control,don't need change anything in site configuration. User can upload huge files as he wish. The only limitation is his disk quote, and can't upload files which don't in site allowable file extensions.
You can upload .zip files and check “Unzip“ option to automatic unzip after upload. This will reduce a lot of upload time.
P4 - File Upload
2.1.5 Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3)
Amazon S3 provides a simple web services interface that can be used to store and retrieve any amount of data, at any time, from anywhere on the web. You can use it easily in CrossArticle module, simple change storage type as “Amazon S3” and enter your account information.
P5 - Amazon S3
User share similar file manager interface like store in local. For more information about Amazon S3, check http://aws.amazon.com/s3/.
2.1.6 Convert user upload video to .flv or h.264(.mp4) format online
Video is very popular in today and module also enables user upload huge video files to site. But user may upload different type of videos, play these videos via normal way is too difficult. Module solves this question by convert user upload videos to flash video format(.flv) or H264 (.mp4 ) format. Just like YouTube did.
Below is a incomplete list which module can convert:
1 Real Video (.rm,.rmvb)
2 Microsoft Media (.wmv, .asf,.wm)
3 Apple QuickTime(.mov)
4 DivX/XVID/Motion Jpeg(.avi)
5 Mpeg 1/2 encoded DVD video(.mpg,.mpeg,.mpe,.vob)
6 Flash video (.flv,.f4b,.f4v)
7 Mobile phone video format(.3gp,3g2)
8 Apple/Sony mp4(.mp4,.m4a,.m4v)
P7 - Video Convert
2.1.7 Convert videos offline
We also provide a windows application which can convert video and capture thumbnails. Visit http://DnnModule.com/FreeDownload.aspx to download it.
2.2 Department, Customize attributes, Category, Tag,Publish all information,Newsletter
2.2.1 Article department ( article type)
Article departments are top-level data to organize information. Each department has its own categories/attributes/tags/articles. .
P7 - Article department
Tips: some people may ask “why we need create department?” Well, department is mainly used to organize attributes/categories. For example, if you use Cross Article module to publish both cars and houses, you may need create different attributes for cars and houses, and you also need different categories to organize them. Department let you solve this problem easily.
2.2.2 Disable unwanted fields
Article has some built-in fields, like author/source/image,etc. You can disable them If you don't’ need . If a field is disabled, then it will not display on article edit interface which belong to current article department. And of course, it will also disappear in article list and detail module too.
2.2.3 Customize your own fields ( for long content)
Besides the built-in field, each department also supports up to 5 additional fields to let you publish long content (text/html content). You can specify its title and default value. If a field is enabled, then it will display on article edit interface and detail which belong to current article department.
For example, we need a “Testimonials from snowcovered“ attributes while publish our modules.So we enable “Specification 1 “ and set its name as “Testimonials from snowcovered“ like below:
After that, we can enter “Testimonials from snowcovered“ for each module. As followings:
2.2.4 Customize your own fields ( for short content)
Article attributes (e.g. "Size" or "Color") are used to create independent article variations for each article department. After creating a attribute, you can then create specific attribute values for an individual article (e.g. "Red", "Green", "Blue")..
P9 - Customize attributes.
Below is a list of data types you can specify for attribute:
A. Basic data like string / int / decimal / datetime / date / time / Boolean / currency.
B. Special data like email / image / url / text html.
You can specify a list of value for attribute, user can choose one of them via drop down list/radio button list. In v7.0, we also add check box list display style to let you select multiple items from exiting value.
After added, these fields will be treated the same as built-in fields. You can add/edit their value, display them on product list module and product detail module.
2.2.5 Unlimited level categories
Each department has its own categories. You can add unlimited level of categories. A article can belong to multiple categories.
Each department has its own tag list. A article can belong to multiple tags.
2.2.7 Publish all information
With department/attributes/categories/tags, you can use this module publish nearly all information by create different departments. And assign categories/attributes/tags for each department.You can use it to publish typical news/articles/blog, or publish house rent/car rent/job listing... or any other classified information you want.
For example,we some customer use Cross Article module to publish job listing and real estates in their sites before.
2.2.8 Newsletter (new in v6.3)
V6.3 add a “Newsletter“ feature to let site administrators easily send promotion emails to users that are registered on your site. This is a great way of informing your customers of new information and keep them coming back to your site.
Besides registered users, you can also enter additional mail list which you gathered and send mail to them. This is a great way to promote your site.
2.3 Article, Permission,Video/Audio/Image/Attachment/, Import, Avatar, Bookmark,Active Social integration
A article can belong multiple categories/tags. And can has its own value for customized attributes. It can also has multiple videos/audio/image/attachment with it.
Administrator can set default view/rate/recommend/comment/attachment download permission for all articles. Besides that , each article can has its own view/rate/recommend/comment/attachment download permissions.
2.3.3 Related Video/Audio/Image/Attachment/
A article can have multiple video/audio/image/attachment with it. If author has disk quote,he can choose his own files to add. If his disk quote is set to 0, he can only add from external url or from embed code.
Take video as example, article can add video from his own files /external url/ embed code.
P12 - Add video from embed code
As most of video sites offer embed code,vendor can upload their video to these sites( like YouTube) if he doesn't have disk quote on site, then simply copy its embed code.
User can also add video from external url,like http://DnnModule.com/portals/0/test.flv.
Especially for YouTube videos, user can simply add its url , like http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0klgLsSxGsU. Module will auto detect it and play.
If you have multiple video/image/audio to add, instead of add them one by one, you can upload them to a folder, and choose “Add from folder “ to add them once.
P13 - Add video from folder
Module use the light box style to play video(or image) in article detail,whether it comes from local file , or external url , or embed code.
P14 - Play video via light box style
In v6.5, we add some new options to turn related video/audio/image/document off. For example, if you don't want user add related audios to his article, you can simply uncheck “Enable attach audios“ option.
2.3.4 Import from dnn standard Announcements module
If you publish news/articles using dnn standard announcements module before like us, then you can import them into Cross Article module.
2.3.4 Avatar and Social bookmark
Integrate avatar at http://www.gravatar.com/ and also support social bookmark like Google,Facebook,Live bookmarks etc.
2.3.5 Active Social integration(new in v6.4)
Social network is popular today. In v6.4,we fully integrate dnn official Active Social module. Whenever user post a article, it will automatic shown in his profile in Active Social module. Besides that, module also has a “Profile Url” to let author specify his profile url page.
2.4 Bulk edit,Comment,Help ticket, Watch list, Rating,Recommend
2.4.1 Bulk edit/delete data
You can check all data easily and bulk edit/delete them.
Visitor can submit comment/rating/recommend to articles. Administrator can decide which role has these permissions.
2.4.3 Help Ticket
Registered user can submit help ticket to author to get 1-to-1 help.
2.4.4 Watch list
Registered user can add article to his watch list.
2.5 Template, Controllable, Anarchy media player, Mail,Seo,Google web site map,Google news site map,Rss,
2.5.1 All display modules are template based
There are 12 sub modules in this package.Except the CrossArticle_Admin module( which used to manage all informations) , the other 11 modules are fully template based. There are some built-in template in package,you can try save a copy then modify them, then choose them as your display.
P19 - Template list
With templates, you can achieve any display effect as your wish in theory. For example, we have a customer build template like below. Click here to view it.
Module offer more than 1000 options to control the layout and functions. Take CrossArticle_List module as example:
P20 - CrossArticle_List settings
By using these options ,you can achieve different layout and functions as your wish. For example:
Example 1 ( Article list _ Simple list style)
Example 2( Article list _search/image/sumary/recommend/rss , and more article link)
Article list Example 3(light box popup effect, you can use this feature to display image gallery)
CrossArticle_Detail module example 1 - Flickr style
CrossArticle_Detail module example 2 - Sunny style
2.5.3 Anarchy media player
Anarchy media player is a java script plug-in that will scan your article content, find all hyper links to media files(mp3,flv,mov,mp4,m4v,m4a,m4b,3gp,wmv,avi,asf) ,and generate related script to play it.
For example ,a link to a mp3 file will became as
and a link to Mpeg-4 audio (mp4,m4a,m4b) file will became as
A link to flash video file(flv) will became as
Check http://DnnModule.com/tabid/111/ArticleId/23/Anarchy-media-player-plugin-in-Cross-Article-5-5.aspx for live demo.
2.5.4 Mail integrated
When help ticket is submitted/response..., module will send related mail to author/client.
2.5.5 Seo optimization
A: Add article title to page title while view its detail.
B: Automatic add article title and its tag to page “keywords”
C: Provide a option “Enable seo friendly url“ . If this option is checked ,module will generate article detail page url use its title. We strongly recommend client enable this option if you article title is English.
2.5.6 Integrate with Google web site map(new in v7.2)
As we know, dnn provide a web site map which can be submitted to Google web master tools to let Google index your site more easily. By default,dnn only list your web pages as site map urls.In v7.2, we provide a option to let Cross Article module also include your articles in web site map urls. It is a must do action if you want to your articles be searched more easily.
P39 - Cross Article site map provider
Check http://DnnModule.com/sitemap.aspx you will see our articles are listed on web site maps. This increase our site traffic remarkable since we resubmitted these changes to Google web masters tools.
2.5.7 Google News Site map(new in v7.0)
Besides web site map, Google also allows your submit news site map.A Google News Site map is a file that allows you to control which content you submit to Google News. By creating and submitting a Google News Site map, you're able to help Google News discover and crawl your site's articles.For more information,please check http://support.google.com/webmasters/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=75717.
In v7.0, we add Google news site map support based some customer's feedback. This is a great way to let Google index your news articles.
Note,there is no conflict between your web site map and your Google news site map. We strongly recommend you submit both of them to Google if possible.
2.5.8 Rss integrated
Rss is everywhere in module, you can subscribe by article type/category/author/module/month. For example, try visit http://DnnModule.com/desktopmodules/crossarticle/articlerss.aspx?articletypeid=1 to view our rss.
2.6 Centralized Manage, Online help, Security assure,Easy to use, Localization,Search
2.6.1 Manage all information in 1 module
There are 12 sub-modules in Cross Article 6.5. But all informations (department/category/attributes/article/comment/help ticket....) are managed via 1 module - the CrossArticle_Admin module. Other 11 sub modules are all used to display content.
2.6.2 Online help is everywhere
Instead of write long and complicated help document to explain every detail of this module. We choose to integrate these information directly into module interface. Below are some important areas which you need read before use this module.
And we also provide as detail as necessary information through dnn standard way. Whenever you feel confusion, click the left help button of field, you will see more detail information. Like below:
P25 - Field help
2.6.3 Security assure
Check user input to prevent malice damage(like sql injection, script include,etc). Module also provide security code to prevent comment Spam.
2.6.4 Powerful yet easy to use
We are not build modules for our use, we build for thousands of our customers. So we need consider every detail of the module. Provide necessary help to guide user to use this module as easy as ABC. You will find many wizard control in this module which guide to do things step by step. And we also check every input area, make sure they are correct and display necessary information if not correct. Our endeavor is to build a powerful yet easy to use module for both dnn community and our customers.
All informations in this module localizable. You can localize them by dnn standard localization feature. If you like,please send us a copy of your localization package at [email protected], we appreciate of your support.
1. Integrate dnn built-in search mechanism.
2. Provide a standard alone CrossArticle_Search module to make search more easily.
3. Add search function in CrossArticle_List module.
4. Besides that, you can search by department/category/tag/author/date/month by using different sub modules.Like CrossArtile_Type,CrossArtile_Category,CrossArtile_Author,...,etc
3. Module List
There are 12 sub-modules in this package:
12. CrossArticle_AccountLink (new in v6.2)
This module is used to maintain article category/article list/tag list/user file /article comment/help ticket/watch list.You only need one instance per portal.
This module is used to display article list. You can add multiple instance as you want.
Supports three flash display style to display articles: Numeric navigate(classical),Numeric navigate(button free),Numeric navigate(integrative). Each flash has its own control options.
Display article categories. Supports two display style: List and Tree.
This module is used to provide article search.
Display article detail information
Darticle tag list.
Display article tag list via flash .
Display article creator list, click each item will display his article list.This module is very useful if you have multiple article edit users.
Display article archive by calendar and monthly,works the same as dnn standard blogs module. Click each item will display related article list.This module is very useful if you publish articles frequency.
Display article departments( article type)
3.12 CrossArticle_Account (new in v6.2)
Display user account in CrossArticle module. This is useful if you have multiple users post articles on your site.
4. Version history
1. Integrate with dnn built-in sitemap.
2.Show latest article in CrossArticle_Detail module..
3.Article manage roles added.
1. Limit title length in article list dashboard..
2.Attachment title added.
3.Allow site administrator manually specify category list page/article detail page.
4.Allow site administrator manually specify article created date.
1. Check box list added in customized attributes..
2.Improve Google news site map.
3.New option added to hide captcha control while post comment.
4.New article list template added.
1. Google news site map support.
2.Send mail while new article added.
3.Specify categories in crossarticle_search module.
4.Hide tabs when there is only 1 tab in CrossArticle_Detail module.
1. Manage tag with paging.
2.Fancybox plug-in added to play related images.
3.Video box plug-in added to play related audios.
4.More help information added
5. Try before you buy
We strongly recommend you try this module before you buy. You can
1. View live demo at http://DnnModule.com/Article.aspx.
2. Download 30 days trial version at http://DnnModule.com/FreeDownload.aspx.
6. Upgrade discount
All modules from DnnModule.com are customer-driven, v7.2 is the 30th generation of this product. We have received many suggestions from our customers since the first release, this module can't be making out without customers help.
As a return to their help,we offer 100% upgrade discount for customer who bought v7.0.
Ms sql server 2005/2008 ,Ms sql server express 2005/2008
||.net 3.5 and above
8. Help and support
Read the user guide.doc in the package to see how to use this module
Click the online help link in dnn label to learn its meaning
Using the snowcovered help tickets system to submit your question.
Visit our support forum for more specific problem solution.
Mail us at [email protected] if you need more directly assistance(or if you have any improvement suggestion)
9. Version Difference
||Enterprise + Source
|Dnn site installation