• 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

  • Modifying Orchard's Host.config file on publish

    We have been gradually moving things to Azure over the last year, including some of Orchard installations. Orchard plays nice with Azure and setting up Azure services like blob storage to complement your Azure deployment are surprisingly simple. You can use blob settings to store media, but also to store your App_Data configuration. To store Orchard's appdata in blob storage you need to make some changes to the Host.config file, however since the solution I work from is also used to deploy to sites that use s3 and just the file system to store App_Data , I thought I could make a little transform to handle this.

  • Troubleshooting IIS AppPool crashes (status 503) after Windows 10 Anniversary Update

    Installing the recently released Anniversary Update (version 1607) of Windows 10 seems to destabilize IIS by shutting down Application Pools, thus resulting in a 503 error when trying to run an application, which is caused by some DLLs failing to load when the worker process starts. Fortunately, the lovely folks of the interwebz are coming to the rescue!

  • Five reasons why I love Orchard CMS

    There are many Content Management Systems (CMS) available nowadays and as Front-End developer, I’ve tested a bunch of them.  When setting up a new website, there are a lot of factors to consider, like your design and domain name, but the most important of all is choosing the right platform. This is crucial and not a decision to be taken lightly.

    There are three ways you can use Orchard CMS...

  • How to install SQL Server 2016 (and SSMS 2016)

    As an update to our earlier how-to for setting up a developer environment with IIS and SQL Server 2014 for Orchard, here's a step-by-step guide for setting up SQL Server 2016 and SQL Server Management Studio 2016 on your machine.

  • Inject shapes into orchard zones

    One of the cool things about orchard is how much you can customize it. One cool example that I ran across and wanted to remember was injecting shapes into zones in the layout. How would a person inject shapes into different zones? Here is how.

  • Using the C# Scripting Workflow Activity in Orchard 1.10 and Below

    This workflow activity is pretty awesome. You can write C# then set a number of different outcomes based on your own custom logic.

  • Orchard Shapes, Alternates and Shape Morphing

    I was recently trying to fix a bug in Orchard and it was suggested to use shape morphing and alternates for the fix. I realized I needed to know more about these areas and started looking around. If you have spent much time trying to learn about Orchard CMS you will soon find that the documentation is great. This is why I try to post some of the information I find interesting on this blog.

  • My Very First E-Book: Mastering Orchard Layouts

    Today I am very excited! Today, we put up my very first e-book up for distribution. It's the book on Orchard Layouts. The book aims to explain everthing there is to know about the Orchard Layouts module for users, themers and developers alike, hopefully providing users with a thorough understanding of the module.

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