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    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

  • Forum Best Practices

    I have a question I want to ask in the Orchard Forums today. I still haven't asked it as of this blog post, because I got sidetracked on two things. First, anytime I plan to ask a question on the Orchard Forums I like to answer at least 1 question if possible. This is just being a good neighbor and I encourage others to do it. If you are planning on asking a question in any forum, pay it forward and answer a question first. Second, as I was reviewing the forum questions, I thought of some forum best practices that I thought would be valuable to the community. This led me to this blog post.

  • Git Publishing Orchard To Windows Azure

    Windows Azure has a really nice feature that allows you to push deployments from a public Git repository on GitHub or Codeplex as well as push deployments from a local Git repository on your development PC. In the near future, Azure will support private Git repositories as well. You can easily use Git Publishing with Azure and an Orchard CMS Website with the addition of 1 file that needs to be added to your Orchard Website!

  • How To Create An Orchard Windows Azure Web Site

    This very website is built with Orchard CMS and hosted on Windows Azure. If you haven't created a website using Orchard, I would highly recommend giving it a try. There have been a lot of new features coming out on the Azure platform lately including the Windows Azure Websites which this website is built with.

    This tutorial will show you how to set up an Orchard site on Azure in about 10 minutes.

  • Orchard vs. WordPress

    At Planet Telex we work with both Orchard CMS and WordPress on a regular basis. When we decided to re-platform our website, we knew we wanted to use one of those 2, but which? Clearly they are built on different technology stacks, but we have the ability to host both. And although we have a robust C# library, the ability to use it didn't factor into the decision much either because for our company site we simply didn't need much of it. That which we did need could have ported over to PHP without too much fuss. Bottom line, the technology stack was not a determining factor in our decision, which was Orchard CMS.

    It is true that we choose Orchard in small part because we wanted more experience in this younger, emerging platform. But at the same time we weren't going to do that at the expense of usability, reliability, or performance. We're happy to report that Orchard is on par if not better than WordPress in these aspects.

  • Creating A Custom Menu Item Type

    Today I came across the need for a custom menu item type for a new platform being built on Orchard.

    For this application, a lot of custom controllers will be created, and the user will be able to navigate to the various screens using menus.

    So basically I needed to be able to map menu items to controller actions.

  • Enabling Multi-Tenancy On Windows Azure

    I have had a lot of feedback from my presentation on Deploying Orchard CMS to Windows Azure last month at Boston Orchard CMS. You can find the slides for this presentation at our event page here

    To clarify on some of the demo pieces for people who missed the presentation on Multi-tenancy, this is a nice feature because we can host multiple Orchard sites in a single application domain and have different content and configurations for each site. This is also very nice because if traffic became too heavy we can always horizontally scale the site because we are running in Azure.

  • Modules You Should Keep Enabled Or Disabled In Production And Development

    Although with the Precompiled build target, coming with Orchard 1.6, modules can be precompiled into dlls, it's still good practice to disable every feature you don't need in production even if the performance penalty is small. Here's a small list of common modules you should watch out for.

  • Harvest Continued - Day 2

    Due to some lack of sleep our second day of Orchard Harvest 2012 started a little sleepy, although excitingly. Unfortunately, we missed the biggest part of the first session, because the GPS sent us to Downtown instead of Santa Monica, which is a 25km difference.

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