• About the Orchard Project

    Orchard is a free, open source, community-focused Content Management System built on the ASP.NET MVC platform.

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Recent Posts and Articles

  • 5 must-have addon modules

    Here is a list of some useful Orchard CMS modules, not part of the core Orchard CMS installation that I use every day.

  • Active Directory Authentication and Authorization in Orchard CMS

    Since Orchard CMS doesn’t (yet) support authentication and authorization of domain users against an Active Directory, you have to install a module to achieve this. There are handful of modules which could help.

  • Orchard CMS: Package uploading and installation failed

    You may get an error message like this when installing a new theme or module in Orchard CMS: "Package uploading and installation failed".

    There are a few things you need to check to find out what the problem is, make sure that...

  • Weekly Podcast 09/23/2014

    Meeting notes:

    • Status: feature branches under development, a few bugfixes since last week.
    • Sébastien fixed an issue where the infoset and the records were storing UTC dates differently, since SQL CE doesn't support millisecond-precision. This caused problems in a few places, e.g. Publish Later.
    • Demo by Shaun about the plans for the new community website: design and look&feel updated (Orchard-y colour scheme), updated (and much more) content.
    • Announcement by Zoltán - Lombiq open-sourced Lombiq.Hosting.Azure.Indexing: this module allows you to store indices in Azure Blob Storage so when running your site on multiple server nodes, indices are shared between them. It's running in production for months on all Lombiq websites and DotNest.
    • Lombiq is a member of the Azure Web Sites Customer Advisory Board (WAWS-CAB), so if Orchard has any problem running on Azure, we're now in a much better position for getting help.
    • Demo by Sébastien - Orchard.MessageBus: a new module added to the source on the "messagebus" feature branch based on Lombiq.Hosting.DistributedEvents: This allows server nodes to signal each other to invalidate cache entries, eliminating multiple types of problems in multi-mode environments, e.g. content type definition changes.
    • Orchard 1.8.2 will be released soon!
    • Bug triage!
  • Querying Orchard Fields With HQL

    Before projections, the official word on fields was that they weren’t for querying (they are stored in an XML blob on the content item record). Projections enabled field querying for the first time, through special tables that index field contents.

  • Ways To Render Lists Of Things

    In this post, we are going to check out some of the ways available to us to render lists in Orchard and do a nice deep-dive. We are going to see not only how we can customize the individual shape items, but also how we can take over the entire rendering of the list.

  • Getting Orchard Content Items Out Of HQL

    Once you’ve built the HQL query, you’ll want to get results, often in the form of fully-built content items. In lots of cases, you’ll want to paginate the results, for which you’ll need a total count, and detailed results for only the current page. This post will show you how to do all these things.

  • A Closer Look At Content Types, Drivers, Shapes And Placement

    If you have some experience with Orchard, but still feel a bit shakey when it comes to shapes, then this post is for you. We will see how a request comes in, how a content item is rendered, where drivers and placement fit into the picture, and how a resulting shape is turned into HTML to be sent down the wire.

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