With the rise of social news sites, finding new content aggregation methods are pretty simple. And with how quickly the web is growing today, it’s simple to find micro-niche sites for just about anything. DotNetKicks is one of my personal favorite sites – similar do DZone, but only for .NET and ASP programming links.
I’ve been visiting the site for a while and have been a part of the community for a few months. However a mass e-mail has been sent out to all the site’s users announcing a new update they’ve done to the design. I’ll agree with their statements – the design looks very, very good!
The links are now a lot simpler to find, and the title links lead right to articles now instead of the personal DNK page. Registration is also a lot simpler now as all you need to do is fill in a username and e-mail account. Your password is then generated for you and you can change it once you log in, which shows the system is also built on it’s own custom framework.
At first glance I assumed the site was running Pligg CMS, which made sense as a lot of the page URL’s and actions seemed similar. However you can tell by many pages on the site that they’re running what seems to be a custom Digg clone script on ASPX.
I love the new layout for voting boxes. They’re big and simple to work with on a user interactions level, but not so big they become intrusive and in the way of a good user experience. The site currently runs a strong Google PageRank 5 and an Alexa of around 20k, which is pretty good for how long the site has been online.
And I would suggest you even check out the site, regardless of if you’re an ASP developer. The community votes on many other similar topics such as jQuery development, Silverlight, Visual Studio, and even Windows Vista and Internet Explorer!