This article goes into detail on what a DNN module is and how it fits into the DNN ecosystem.
What is a module?
A typical web page includes page elements and content blocks. Page elements, such as the site menu, the login control, and the search bar, are included with the theme. Content blocks are managed by modules.
The module is one of the basic building blocks that extend DNN to enable users to view, create, and edit content. All DNN administrative features are implemented as modules.
Due to the modular nature of page composition in DNN, modules are usually built to manage and display a single content type.
- These frameworks can be used with DNN:
- Web Forms. This traditional framework creates DNN modules that use controls based on ASP.NET Web Forms.
- MVC. This framework (introduced in DNN 8) uses the ASP.NET MVC framework.
- You can choose a manual development approach, where the entire module is built by hand, or a more automated approach, where the basic module foundation is created using a template or other automation tool.