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 1.  Introduction     
  Cross Article 6.6 enables multiple users to publish their news/article/blog and attach multiple videos/audios/images/documents
as easy asABC. 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. 

   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 information are manage via 1 single module(CrossArticle_Admin), the other 11 sub modules are used to display information.

   11. Anachy media player plug-in supported to enalbe 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)
    View our live demo as following, to see how each sub module works:

   You can view  more showcase which submited by our clients at And
download trial version at Please read “Cross Article 6.6 user guide.pdf” before test it.

     You can buy it on snowcovered  or directly buy it on our site  if you have PayPal account.

2.  Module Highlights

     2.1  Multiple user, file manage, Large file upload, Amazon S3, Video convert online/offline

      2.1.1 Multiple user support.
        Administrator can choose  roles which can  post  information,  specify  disk quote and item count this role can have.

                                          P1  - Add edit roles

2.1.2  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.

                                            P2 - User file manager_local

      2.1.3  Multiple/Large  file  upload
      Module provide multiple/large file upload via Ms silverlight control,dont'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.

                        P3 - File Upload 
    2.1.4    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.

                    P4 - Amazon S3
    User share similar file manager interface like store in local. For more information about Amazon S3, check

      2.1.5    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)

                  P6  -  Video Convert

      2.1.6  Convert videos offline
      We also provide a windows application which can convert video and capture thumbnails. Visit 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 inter-dependant 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 while adding articles.  After added, these fields will be treated the same as built-in fields. You can add/edit their value, display them on article list module and article detail module.

For example, we create two attributes while publish our modules. As followings:

      After that, we can specify values for above attributes while editing each article.

        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 categoires.


      2.2.6  Tags
      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.

        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 registerd 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
        2.3.1 Article
        A article can belong multiple categories/tags. 

       2.3.2 Permission
       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 articlecan 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 
Especially for  YouTube videos, user can simply add its url , like 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 lightbox 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 Annoucements module
If you publish news/articles using dnn standard annoucemens module before like us, then you can import them into Cross Article module.
         2.3.4 Avatar and Social bookmark
Integratea avatar at 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  Comment,Help ticket, Watch list, Rating,Recommend

     2.4.1  Comment/rating/recommend
     Visitor can submit comment/rating/recommend to articles. Administrator can decide which role has these permissions.

       2.4.2 Help Ticket
         Registered user can submit help ticket to author to get 1-to-1 help.

       2.4.3  Watch list
         Registered user can add article to his watch list.

     2.5    Template, Controllable, Anarchy media player, Mail,  Seo,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

          2.5.2  Controllable
          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 javascript plug-in that  will scan your article content, find all  hyperlinks 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 for live demo.

      2.5.4 Mail integrated  
      When help ticket is submited/responsed..., 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   Rss integrated 
      Rss is everywhere in module, you can subscribe by article type/category/author/module/month. For example,  try visit  to  view our rss.  

   2.6    Online help, Security assure,Easy to use,  Localization,Seachable

        2.6.1  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

    2.6.2  Security assure
    Check user input to prevent malice damage(like sql injection, script include,etc). Module also provide security code to prevent comment spam.

     2.6.3  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 asABC. 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.

     2.6.4  Localization
     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 localzation package at, we appreciate of your support.

    2.6.5  Seachable
    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 using different sub modules. Like CrossArtile_Type,CrossArtile_Category,CrossArtile_Author,CrossArtile_Archive,CrossArtile_Tag,etc

3.  Module  List 
There are 12 sub-modules in this package:  
     11. CrossArticle_Type
12. CrossArticle_AccountLink (new in v6.2)

    3.1  CrossArticle_Admin
    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.

    3.2  CrossArticle_List
    This module is used to display article list. You can add multiple instance as you want.

   3.3  CrossArticle_ListDashboard
    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.
                       Numeric navigate(classical)

         Numeric navigate(Integrative)

    3.4  Cross_Article_Category
    Display  article categories. Supports two  display style: List and Tree.

   3.5  CrossArticle_Search
    This module is used to provide  article search.

    3.6  CrossArticle_Detail
   Display  article detail information

    3.7  CrossArticle_TagList
    Darticle tag list.    
    3.8  CrossArticle_TagDashboard
    Display  article tag list via flash .
     3.9  CrossArticle_Author
    Display  article creator list, click each item will display his article list.This module is very useful if you have multiple article edit users.

      3.10  CrossArticle_Archive
    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.
    3.11  CrossArticle_Type
   Display  article departments( article type)

3.12  CrossArticle_AccountLink (new in v6.2)
   Display  user account in CrossArticle module. This is useful if you have multiple users post articles on your site.

4.  What’s new in v6.5/6.6     
1.    New options added to let site administrator disable attach related video/audio/document/image while adding article.
  2.    Remember user last expand panel, and automatic expand when user revisit CrossArticle_Admin sub module.
  3.    Bulk delete/edit articles.
  4.    Mail notification when comment posted
  5.    Sort comment ascending/descending
  6.  Improve user interface according customer feedback
5.  Try before you buy
    We strongly recommend you try this module before you buy. You can
    1. View live demo at
    2. Download trial version at  The trial version has the same features with the official version, but it can only used in localhost domain names.

6. Compatibility


Specification              Description                                            
Dnn Version Dnn 5.x/6.x.

 Ms sql server 2005/2008 ,Ms  sql server express 2005/2008                                                                                          framework .net 3.5 and above



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David P says... 5.0

This developer is a dream to work with. I have used this module as well as others from same developer with nothing but the best in support and especially customizing request. I have ask for their help on several occasions and they always respond in a positive and timely manner. I can highly recommend them. You will be glad you have a partner that is willing to work for your interest.

Posted 12/3/2010

Softbless S says... 5.0

Cross Article is a great module, and the most important is that they have great support. My question is replied very quickly by them.

Posted 8/27/2010

Robyn K says... 5.0

I enjoy the ease of use of this module and that you can customize it in a great number of ways. My questions were answered thoroughly and within a short amount of time. Excellent customer service!

Posted 3/23/2011

      All modules from are customer-driven, v6.5 is the 25th 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 favor, we offer 100% upgrade discount to customers who bought the previous version(v6.5).

     Note, if your install trial version and want swith to official version,simple reinstall module use the official package to overwrite existing files, you data will keep alive.

Version Difference


 Edition Standard
Enterprise Enterprise+Source
Private Assembly Yes Yes Yes
Module Source(C#) No No Yes
Dnn production installation
1 dnn instance with unlimited sub portals Unlimited dnn instance
Unlimited dnn instance

   You can get help via followings:

    1. We provide detail information for every field via dnn standard help system. Click the help button of field to see it .Like below:

  2.Read user guide.doc to view module installtion guide or faqs.

  3.Login to , click "My Products",then find your ordered item, click "Help Ticket" next to it to submit help ticket.

  4. Visit our support forum to get more informations.

  5. Mail us at for more direct and fast help.


Buyer Product & Option Quantity
brettlevert Cross Article 6.6 - News & Blog & Video Audio Photo Document - Standard 1
refjohn Cross Article 6.2 - News & Blog & Video Audio Photo Document - Standard 1
donuop Cross Article 6.1 - News & Blog & Video Audio Photo Document - Standard 1
dmart Cross Article 6.1 - News & Blog & Video Audio Photo Document - Enterprise 1
axreina Cross Article 6.0 - News & Blog & Video Audio Photo Document - Standard 1
rasheddxb Cross Article 6.0 - News & Blog & Video Audio Photo Document - Enterprise+Source 1
marlonoliveira Cross Article 6.0 (trial available) - Standard 1
2strefa Cross Article 6.0 (trial available) - Standard 1

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