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This tutorial shows you how to run Orchard on your development machine (that doesn't run Windows Server) not with Visual Studio's built-in Cassini webserver, but using a proper IIS webserver. As the database we'll use a standard SQL Server database, that's advised for non-trivial production installations, unlike SQL CE.
- Media: dogfooding revealed too many problems during and after migration from file system to taxonomies. Refactored to use the file system like it used to. In terms of end-user behavior it's the same but the implementation is totally different.
- New Orchard sites: http://corospondent.com/, http://www.selectcamp.co.uk/, http://jandloil.com/, http://transas.com/, http://www.aaaflag.com/, http://dmh.co.at/, http://www.appburst.com/, http://www.diabetescareclub.com/
- A couple of sites left, because of hosting and usability problems. We need to improve the editing experience in future versions. Nick is mentioning Ghost: http://tryghost.org/
Squarespace is also something to take inspiration from. Also, http://froont.com/
- Making TinyMCE more customizable could help a lot.
- Demo: CTRL+SHIFT+A keyboard shortcut to select all checkboxes on any admin page. This is the beginning of keyboard shortcuts. Will wait until after 1.7 to push.
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I've been discovering more and more features in Orchard CMS 1.7 and blogging about them within Orchard CMS Tutorials. As I browsed the Orchard Modules in the Orchard 1.7 source code I noticed a new module under Performance, called Output Cache Module, which sat next to SysCache Module. This sounded very similar to the Contrib.Cache Module that I have been using for additional performance in Orchard CMS for quite some time, and guess what, they are the same! Contrib.Cache is now the Output Cache Module and has been added directly to Orchard 1.7!
The steps in the article walk you through the process of setting up continuous delivery for an Orchard website running in a Windows Azure Cloud Service. The packaging and publishing of a complete Orchard site is easiest if you utilize the AzurePackage.proj MSBuild file included with the Orchard source code, however you need to make a few edits to get it all working. In this article we’ll go step by step through those edits needed.
I’ve written several times about image resizing in .NET, but never in the context of Orchard. With the imminent release of Orchard 1.7, it’s time to correct this. The new version comes with an extensible media pipeline that enables you to define complex image processing workflows that can automatically resize, change formats or apply watermarks. This is not the subject of this post however. What I want to show here is one of the underlying APIs that enable that feature, and that comes in the form of a new shape.
I stayed awake way too late last night having fun extending the Workflow Module in the upcoming Orchard CMS 1.7. Just like I have done several times similar with the Orchard Rules Engine, I wanted to create my own custom Workflow Activity that displayed in the toolbox and could be dragged onto the workflow surface. Given this was my first custom workflow activity I wanted something fairly simple, but useful. After a few minutes of thought, I decided to create an activity that started a workflow when a user logged into Orchard - a Login Activity!
Orchard CMS 1.7 is hopefully due out next week and I have been blogging numerous Orchard Tutorials on what to expect in Orchard 1.7. One of the new features in Orchard 1.7 you may find useful as an Orchard Developer is the ability to run Orchard Recipes from the Orchard Administrator Dashboard. Normally Orchard Recipes were only available as part of the intial Orchard installation, but now you can access and execute Orchard Recipes from within the dashboard!
Notes on the Shapes session...