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Orchard 0.1

Rating:        Based on 19 ratings
Reviewed:  16 reviews
Downloads: 7405
Change Set: e048b594f336
Released: Mar 15, 2010
Updated: Aug 4, 2010 by bradmi
Dev status: Alpha Help Icon

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Release Notes

This is a technical preview release of Orchard. Our intent with this release is to demonstrate representative experiences for our audiences (end-users, designer/scripters, and developers), and to raise interest among developers for writing Orchard modules on the Orchard CMS platform. This is an early release intended to solicit feedback only - it is not intended for production use; many features remain to be developed and/or stabilized, and the development APIs will certainly evolve and change going forward. That said, there is alot you can do with Orchard today, so please check it out and let us know what you think!

The full release notes are available for download above, and describes some common "gotchas" and known issues.

Setup instructions:

Alternative setup instructions:

You can also set up this release by manually downloading and extracting the appropriate zip file (either 32-bit or 64-bit) to your local machine. The zip contents are pre-built and ready-to-run. Simply extract the zip contents to an IIS virtual directory (or site root) and then point your browser to the site. You can also just extract to a local folder and open the included project file in Visual Studio to run it under the local ASP.NET Development Server (Cassini).
  • Download for a 32-bit machine
  • Download for a 64-bit machine
You can also download matching source code for this release here:
  • Download (contains source for built-in Orchard modules and core).

Who should install Orchard using these files?

Those zip files are not the latest work from the team. They only represent the most stable release of the application so far.

If you just want to use Orchard and don't care about the source code, is what you want to use, preferably through the WebPI instructions.

If you want to take a look at the source code, or only want to create new modules but do not want to write patches or contribute to the core, is fine. It is the source code for, so just as, it won't be the latest version of the code, only the latest stable release.

Both zip files are releases and are going to be provided on each major milestone.

If you want something more up to date than that, or if you want to write patches or modify the core modules, you can enlist in our source control by following the instructions here: enlist or you can just download the latest version by going to the Source Code tab and clicking "Download" on the top-right corner under "Latest Version".

There are always at least two active branches: the dev branch, which is likely to be unstable but very up to date, and the default branch, which is the result of the latest three-week iteration and should be fairly stable at all times, but not as stable as Unless you have a good reason (such as wanting to follow the progress of the core team closely), we recommend you always sync to the latest in the default branch.

Reviews for this release

It looks good for what it can do, but unfortunately it cannot do a lot.
by nesteruk on Jun 23, 2010 at 6:47 PM
I will just repeat what others have already said. S-I-M-P-L-I-C-I-T-Y is the way....
by Kimpo on Jun 22, 2010 at 2:33 PM
If you are familar with .NET 3.5 and the MVC pattern, this is very easy to pickup and extend. My only frustrations right now are getting this working in Medium Trust, and the time it takes to find which View/Part I need to override for a specific component on a specific existing page.
by tkunstek on Jun 21, 2010 at 8:21 PM
Very easy to get up and running because of the "setup" page on the first run. Surprisingly slow. I considered to use orchard for a hobby site, but it is soooo slow I can not do that.
by Rdunzl on Jun 13, 2010 at 8:21 PM
This is looking very good thus far from an architectural standpoint. Really like how the team is using community feedback to lay out the roadmap. I would say the more trainig videos and documentation the better.
by SaaSDeveloper on May 30, 2010 at 5:32 PM
if the blog module is used,the pages couldn't be accessed,i don't know why,i expect the new release
by alahfun on May 29, 2010 at 11:18 AM
Hum... First, I am not impressed by the project so far, second, Microsft should use the time to help other ASP.NET open source projects instead of making it own. I agree that this can be a killing project for many ASP.NET open source development companies in the future. Microsoft please help your community, let them earn their living.
by Christdehaar on May 28, 2010 at 5:28 AM
It's a toy,Don't work in share web hosting,don't download,it waste your time!!
by appletri on May 26, 2010 at 12:18 PM
Project structure is organized, but code is overwhelming. Difficult customizing this with my own modules. Also, there are extensive dependencies on other libraries which is a bit concerning. Lastly, have to agree w/ smith2010; this is a big impact on other open-source .NET CMS systems.
by jeremy480 on May 22, 2010 at 10:05 AM
Finally ! Really, really great platform to use like start point for content oriented web applications and extend.
by paxer on May 19, 2010 at 1:52 AM
Code is good but business is very strange. Microsoft put himself in two very strange situations. 1. Orchard goes very well, DNN, Umbraco lose their shares and switch to PHP or other development. Microsoft kills his own community. 2. Orchard do not go well, what a shame for Microsoft ASP.NET team.
by smith2010 on May 18, 2010 at 4:27 AM
First impression was great.Looks very promising. I like SQLite support.
by Touradg on May 14, 2010 at 8:04 PM
Is there an install method that does not involve the Web Platform Installer?
by Discorax on Apr 21, 2010 at 9:51 PM
It's early days, but I think this is going to be an excellent product when it's ready.
by RichardGarside on Apr 15, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Microsoft..please, please take community advice! Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity!!!! (Same thing told to Enterprise lib folks) 1. Over-engineered/complex like Oxite 2. Huge codebase 3. Slow 4. Not entity/domain driven 5. BlogEngine/MojoPortal are easier(not even MVC based) 6. Developer docs aren't good 7. Why step into .NET CMS market? Let blogengine, mojo, kentico, umbraco have their share
by mattcarlo on Apr 13, 2010 at 9:40 PM
I love this architecture! The modular approach is really the key!
by Florent on Apr 13, 2010 at 12:29 PM