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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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  • Weekly Podcast 04/01/2014

    Meeting notes:

    • 1.8 has been re-released twice because of last-minute bugs, but they are fixed now. 1.8 is already available in WebPI and the Azure Gallery.
    • WAMS integration to Orchard will be a topic discussed at the Build conference!
    • The official Halo website not only uses Orchard to power its blog, but also uses the Orchard.Azure.MediaServices module.
    • Migration from after a certain point of 1.x to 1.8 requires a special step described in a forum topic due to a bug in data storage.
    • The next version number will be 1.8.1 for bugfixes.
    • Discussion about ideas for 1.9 has started on the forums. Sébastien's plans for new modules: audit trail, REST API, deployment (handling staging and production environments), dynamic layouts, localization improvements. Others' ideas: SignalR, admin UI redesign with Bootstrap, OWIN, ASP.NET Identity 2.0, content deployment, SQLite, PostgreSQL.
    • Orchard Module Competition 2.0 is coming soon, organized by Lombiq, executed by the core community members. Places, prizes, great modules and beautiful themes! Results will be announced at Harvest.
    • HP PurchasEdge is NOT a phising website, but a genuine HP-related website that exists for 10 years and was migrated 2 years ago to Orchard 1.3.
    • The website for Orchard Harvest 2014 is live (and updated)! See the summary of important details about the event on the forums.

    Brought to you by: Orchard Hungary

  • Orchard Theme From A Template Part 2

    In our previous post, we setup the bulk of the file structure for our theme including scripts and styles and created the Document.cshtml file that determines when and where they all get loaded. This post is going to concentrate on the Layout.cshtml file which is going to create the basic HTML structure for the website. This time, we're going to copy the Layout.cshtml file from the TheThemeMachine theme which is the default built-in theme that comes with Orchard. The file can be located in the Orchard.Web project under Themes/TheThemeMachine/Views. Copy the Layout.cshtml file and paste it in to the Views folder of your theme. If you're using my ThemeStarter project, you'll already find a copy of Layout.cshtml in your Views folder.

  • Orchard Theme From A Template Part 1

    I have been asked by several people to repost my blog series on creating an Orchard CMS theme from one of the countless templates you can purchase on the internet these days. It has taken a long time for me to get around to it due to the family health issues we've been dealing with over the past 9 months. I'm finally have a little time on my hands and am working on quite a few themes at the moment anyways that it seems like a good time to document the progress for those that are interested in my process. This series is going to be a little different from the previous one...I have learned quite a lot about theming Orchard CMS over the past couple of years and I've gotten to the point that I can convert a template to a Orchard CMS theme in about 10 hours. So, let's get started!

  • Send Email Messages Using Orchard Jobs Queue

    The Orchard Jobs Queue in Orchard 1.8 can be used to send email asynchronously. This is especially useful when sending email from custom forms that are submitted on your Orchard Website via Orchard Workflow. Enabling email to use the new Jobs Queue is as simple as selecting a Queued option in your Send Email Workflow Activity.

  • Orchard 1.8 Released And Website Upgraded

    Orchard 1.8 and Orchard 1.7.3 were released this evening. Orchard 1.7.3 is a bug fix release for those not ready to move to Orchard 1.8. Orchard 1.8 introduces a new document storage solution leveraging Infoset that promises to increase the performance of Orchard by reducing table joins and query execution. I went ahead and upgraded this website to Orchard 1.8 this evening and everything went very smoothly.

  • Orchard 1.7.3 And 1.8 Are Here!

    On the 28th of March the new versions of Orchard have been released: Orchard 1.7.3 (bugfixes without major changes) and Orchard 1.8 (major changes and performance boost, inluding the same bugfixes as in 1.7.3) are ready to be downloaded! See the release notes in the Documentation section.

    You can expect sub-versions for 1.8 to be released in the coming weeks with smaller updates and bugfixes based on the feedback given about the current version.

    Happy Orcharding!

  • Weekly Podcast 03/25/2014

    Meeting notes:

    • Sébastien is working on some important fixes for 1.7.3/1.8. 1.7.3 is for bugfixes, 1.8 is for bigger changes and it will be a major performance boost. Migration from 1.7.x will have no special steps.
    • The official Halo website uses Orchard as a blog engine.
    • Harvest finally confirmed for 9-10-11 of June! Number of attendees limited at 150.

    Brought to you by: Orchard Hungary

  • Weekly Podcast 03/18/2014

    Meeting notes:

    • Harvest: 9-10-11 of June (almost 100% fixed). Hotel room discount possible for attendees. You'll soon be able submit your presentation ideas and besides that, you can apply to be a presenter too if you'd like to adopt a topic (e.g. Localization, SignalR and more).
    • Status: a whole bunch of small fixes coming from direct contributions and pull requests. Benjamin's pull request (with the async loading of Media Library folders - see the demo from last week) also pulled in. There's now a setting for maximum page size.
    • Triaged ~20 proposed issues with highest vote count.
    • Orchard 1.8 release: soon, but there's a bugfixing wishlist on the forum.

    Brought to you by: Orchard Hungary

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