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Please join us for our next Orchard Harvest Conference 2017.
February 21 - 22, 2017 (Tuesday - Wednesday)
The event will be held in New York, USA at the TKP New York Conference Center.
2 Days of Community, Networking, Speakers, and Social Activities
We are very excited about this event and look forward to welcoming members of the Orchard Project open source community from across North America as well as from around the globe.
For more information about the event, please visit the Orchard Harvest Conference 2017 website.
The installation of Orchard CMS is really fast and you do not even need SQL Server because Orchard CMS can run with SQL Server Compact. SQL Compact is great for development and small websites e.g. Landing Pages. In this post I will show how to migrate from SQL Compact Edition to SQL Server in 5 simple steps.
My favorite parts of Orchard CMS are the behind-the-scenes features that you don't hear too much about, like scheduling tasks, events, workflow, etc. These are incredibly powerful CMS features and most Orchard CMS Developers I talk to rarely utilize them to their fullest. In particular, I love integrating Orchard CMS with external services, especially using Workflow, because it is incredibly empowering to drag-and-drop various components onto a blank canvas to create something very rich and meaningful to your business. And, this morning, I live coded the Slack Incoming Webhook Component from scratch.
If you are having issues with bots spamming your forms in Orchard CMS but don't want to use CAPTCHA, an 'old school' method I used years ago was a honeypot form field.
TinyMCE is a great editor, but by default is not enabled the font size and font color select.The enabling of this two features is really easy.
Orchard uses TinyMCE as its default content editor. While it does support basic formatting, one of the requirements for a project was to be able to support Bootstrap Typography/CSS Component styles available in TinyMCE Editor. This is possible with customization of TinyMCE configuration. This article will cover how to handle this in Orchard CMS.
The recent Blog Posts widget of Orchard CMS works really well and the layout customization of a blog post is a piece of cake with Placement.info. But maybe you need to have different layouts for recent blog posts widgets or maybe you want to share your blog posts with other sites. With this jQuery script, you can do it!
Microsoft are running a free program called Visual Studio Dev Essentials. It has a range of useful and not so useful 'developer benefits' included in it.
Two that I've found valuable are the 3 month free Pluralsight subscription and the free monthly Azure credits. There are a broad range of other resources included though and from the ones I've tried they are totally free-to-try, not "add your credit card and remember to cancel it before we charge you".
The free 3 month Pluralsight subscription gives you access to a ton of topics, but there are also two Orchard-specific video courses:
The courses target Orchard v1.4 but almost everything is still applicable today (for example Contrib.Taxonomies is now a core module, ContentParts can now take advantage of infoset and some minor admin panel UI differences) but it is a great introduction to learning Orchard.
The Azure Developer Benefit includes $25 a month to spend on Azure for one year. If you want to spend more than that you can uncap the subscription and use it as a discounted starter package to get up and running with your website for the first year.