• 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

  • 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?
  • Migrating a blog from Orchard 0.5 to 0.9

    My personal blog still runs on Orchard 0.5, because the theme that I used to build it is not yet available for more recent versions, but it is still very important for me to know that I can migrate all my content and comments to a new version at any time.
  • Switching the layout in Orchard CMS

    The UI composition in Orchard is extremely flexible, thanks in no small part to the usage of dynamic Clay shapes. Every notable UI construct in Orchard is built as a shape that other parts of the system can then party on and modify any way they want.

    Case in point today: modifying the layout (which is a shape) on the fly to provide custom page structures for different parts of the site. This might actually end up being built-in Orchard 1.0 but for the moment it’s not in there. Plus, it’s quite interesting to see how it’s done.

  • Creating 1-n and n-n relations

    It is very common for contents to consist in part of lists or choices in lists. For example, an address can have a state or region property where the value is one in a predefined list of choices. That is a 1-n relationship. A n-n relationship could be for example a list of commercial rewards that a customer can benefit from. Orchard does of course provide support for those scenarios. This topic is going to walk you through the creation of such contents.
  • My first Orchard widget

    When I first learnt ASP.NET I wrote a control for my website that told my visitors the weather I was currently experiencing. It was just a simple, fun project to help me learn. Now I’m using Orchard for my site I still want my visitors to know the weather I am experiencing. So this seemed like the ideal project for my first Orchard CMS module.
  • Starting work on OpenAuth module for Orchard CMS

    So I have thrown the Idea back and forth, and after deciding I wasn't going to do any work on Open ID for Orchard, I have changed my mind! So I have set up a new codeplex project called orchardopenauth (http://orchardopenauth.codeplex.com/).

    The first goal is to get an extensible Open ID implementation working inside of Orchard without having to change any of the Orchard base code.

    If anyone would like in.. give me a shout – Either by email or twitter (@NicholasMayne)

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