Orchard on the NEW Windows Azure

Topics: Announcements
Jun 7, 2012 at 9:26 PM

So what do the new MEGA exciting new Windows Azure features mean for Orchard? Free Orchard web hosting with simple FTP upload for small sites, using shared Windows Azure hosting?

I am a GREAT fan of Windows Azure / Cloud computing in general, but I think these changes announced today could make Windows Azure the daddy for Orchard deployments.


Very keen to start the discussion and over the next days gather everyone's thoughts!

Jun 7, 2012 at 9:41 PM

Just a side note, when using Git deployment, you will need to place a file named ".deployment" at the root folder with this content:

project = .

This will tell the compiler what project should be used. Just for Orchard though.

Jun 8, 2012 at 6:20 PM

I have published a specific git repository so you can pull from here first if you want to use Windows Azure:


Jun 14, 2012 at 2:52 AM

Hello Sebastien,

First off, THANKS for getting me started to understand git with your github posting of Orchard CMS. I have two comments that will help others out (and you can correct me if I am wrong on any of these):

  1. Currently, if you deploy your github repository, the user has to provide their own bin folder with all of the dll/xml/stuff in it
    1. In other words, it is not enough just to push the git repository up to Azure, you also need the information that is in the Orchard.Web bin folder
    2. I utilized FTP to migrate these over for testing purposes
      1. If you are looking for your FTP username and password, be sure to read this post: http://weblogs.asp.net/bleroy/archive/2012/06/12/azure-web-sites-ftp-credentials.aspx - thanks Bertrand for pointing that out and for the commenter for pointing out you can use git username and password
  2. I found two folders missing in your current git repository (causing the website to not load up after the recipe ran)
    1. Modules\Orchard.Tags\Views\EditorTemplates
    2. Modules\Orchard.Tags\Views\Parts
      1. If you FTP these files over, you then have a fully functional azure website

If I can figure git out quick enough I will try and branch your current repository (though it will be much faster for you to add this in). If I missed anything let me know.  Thanks again.

Jun 21, 2012 at 10:20 PM

Hello Sebastien,

Since there are a lot of people working on Azure and more to come of course, would n't be nice to create a new discussion list just for Azure?

New version of Azure has so many features especially for the Media components and Azure File System of Orchard.



Oct 3, 2012 at 2:59 AM

I want to do Orchard development from Visual Studio.  The easiest way to do that is with an Orchard.Source.X.X.X.zip distro.  But I also want to push to an Azure web-site using GIT.  The distro Sebastien made (https://github.com/AzureWebSites/OrchardCMS) does not support Visual Studio development.

What are the steps to follow, to transform an Orchard.Source.X.X.X.zip distro into something that can be pushed by GIT?  I'd like to make the least disruptive changes possible.  The first link I gave tells my story of trying to achieve this so far.  Perhaps someone can fill in the gaps?

Oct 3, 2012 at 4:57 PM

build "compile;package" should result in a nice and clean site ready to deploy. Git is an implementation detail.