DotNetNuke Core CSS Styles

With my developers, I am feel like I am always explaining which classes should be used for each situation and when I had a consulting client ask me about how to make your custom modules pick up the same styles that skin developers have to style anyways to make the core controls follow design rules I realized it’s because there’s no guide anywhere on which classes to use in the right situation.

First – a note. Make sure that you use the casing displayed in this document. The casing is important if you ever decide to use XHTML since IE is case sensitive with higher levels of HTML compliance.

Normal: This style should be used for general text throughout your site and controls. If you use tables, datagrids, gridviews or datalists, you should add this class to the class attribute of the table, otherwise it picks up another funky style even if you have the table wrapped in a span or div with Normal applied to it.

SubHead: This style should be used as section heads or paragraph titles and label titles on forms.

Head: This is the equivalent of an H1 tag.

CommandButton: this style is used for links and linkbuttons.

Styling the DotNetNuke Label: The DNN label control does not support supplying the class for the general label text. Therefore, if you want to use set a style for the text in the label, you’ll need to supply it in the containing HTML element.

Bringing It All Together

<%@ Register Src=”~/controls/labelcontrol.ascx” TagName=”labelcontrol” TagPrefix=”dnn” %>

<table id=”tblForm” cellspacing=”0″ cellpadding=”0″ class=”Normal”>


<td class=”SubHead”>
<dnn:labelcontrol ID=”lblEmailAddress” runat=”server” HelpText=”Enter Your Email” Text=”Email Address” />

<asp:TextBox ID=”txtEmailAddress” runat=”server”></asp:TextBox>



<asp:Label ID=”lblEmailMe” runat=”server” CssClass=”SubHead”>Send Me Spam</asp:Label>

<asp:CheckBox ID=”chkEmailMe” runat=”server”></asp:CheckBox>



<td colspan=”2″> <asp:LinkButton runat=”server” ID=”lnkAction” CssClass=”SubHead”>Click Me</asp:LinkButton> </td>



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~ by dotnetnukeconsulting on August 8, 2008.

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