• 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

  • Theming Orchard

    I’ve just finished redesigning my site and implementing that design as an Orchard Theme. While it’s still fresh in my head I wanted to write down what I’d learnt. The documentation on the Orchard site is pretty good, but I wanted to write down the things that I found most important. I hope you find it useful.
  • Building a favicon module for Orchard

    I built a little module for Orchard tonight and it involves a couple of interesting magic tricks so I thought I'd share.

    The module is replacing the default Orchard favicon with whatever you configure in site settings.

  • Orchard and Umbraco - Creating Content

    In this article we're going to continue our series in looking at the differences between Orchard and Umbraco. Today we're going to be looking at creating content.
  • Orchard and Umbraco - The Admin

    In this article I'm going to have a look at the admin systems for the two CMSs. You can consider this a 'first look' although in reality this isn't my first look at either admin systems I'll do my best to pretend ;).
  • Contributing to Open Source Projects

    I’ve started contributing to open source projects on CodePlex.  After a few months at it I am happy to report I have had about a half a dozen fixes accepted for the Orchard Project which just hit 1.0 status!  It’s a great feeling for me to know that I have helped at least in a small way and along the way I have learned a lot.

  • Creating and maintaining Orchard translations

    Many volunteers have already stepped up to provide translations for Orchard. There are many challenges to overcome with translating such a project.

    Orchard is a very modular CMS, so the translation mechanism needs to account for the core as well as first and third party modules and themes.

    Another issue is that every new version of Orchard or of a module changes some localizable strings and adds new ones as others enter obsolescence.

    In order to address those problems, I've built a small Orchard module that automates some of the most complex tasks that maintaining a translation implies. In this post, I'll walk you through the operations I had to do to update the French translation for Orchard 1.0.

  • Orchard and Umbraco - The install experience

    In this article I'm going to be looking at the install experience of Orchard and Umbraco and what are the differences between the two.
  • Orchard shapeshifting

    I've shown in a previous post how to make it easier to change the layout template for specific contents or areas. But what if you want to change another shape template for specific pages, for example the main Content shape on the home page?
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