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Orchard 0.8

Rating:        Based on 6 ratings
Reviewed:  6 reviews
Downloads: 6910
Change Set: 714cf4ab5ac0
Released: Oct 24, 2010
Updated: Nov 11, 2010 by BertrandLeRoy
Dev status: Beta Help Icon

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Release Notes

How to Install Orchard

To install the Orchard 0.8 release using Web PI, follow these instructions:

Web PI will detect your hardware environment and install the application.

Alternatively, to install the release manually, download the file.

The zip contents are pre-built and ready-to-run. Simply extract the contents of the Orchard
folder from 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).

How to Reset Your Site Data

The App_Data directory contains database and settings documents produced during setup.
The contents of this directory are protected from download by visitors to your site.

To completely reset your site (destroy all data, starting from the setup screen again),
you can delete the contents of this directory. This action may be irreversible!

Note: If you have the project open in Visual Studio, the contents of this directory may
not be visible in Solution Explorer. To view the files, right-click the App_Data directory
and "Open Folder in Windows Explorer" (or click the "Show All Files" button in Solution Explorer).

What's new?

This release is targeted at theme designers (but of course the features of 0.5, which was targeted at module
developers, are still there).
  • This release introduces a new theme and widget framework for designers.
  • A new theme framework, using the ASP.NET Razor view engine by default
  • A flexible shapes API, and layout and templating system for rendering shapes
  • A script and style sheet registration API
  • Support for widgets that can be mapped to zones in a theme, and grouped according to layer rules
  • A new default theme, "The Theme Machine", that takes advantage of the new theme features
  • Ability to package and publish themes to the Orchard Gallery feed
  • Email notifications
  • Pagination support
  • and more...

What file to download?

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:

Alternatively, 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".

Warning the source code download requires MVC 3 Beta in order to compile.

Who should use this software?

This software is in version 0.8 and is provided for evaluation purposes and for
developers and designers who want to take a head start on module and theme development.

You are allowed to use it in any way that is compatible with the new BSD license,
including production use.

You should be aware though that a lot of work remains to be done for security and
performance and that production deployment implies a risk that should be evaluated.

Reviews for this release

Been using Orchard for my personal site since April 2010 and am really impressed. 0.8 has some great new features. Can't wait till v1.
by RichardGarside on Dec 15, 2010 at 7:23 PM
Might look promising but VERY unstable. Version 0.8 lacks several basic features already supported in previous versions (due to product mgmt decisions and others due to bugs). Docs are misleading in several places and report features that where removed or not working. Sorry orchard guys, I assume you try hard and eventually you will succeed, but for now its better to warn the others...
by danikenan on Dec 12, 2010 at 5:45 AM
Excellant interface and very modular design. Thank you!
by BlueValleyTech on Dec 1, 2010 at 7:29 PM
Really good CMS, pretty stable by the way. You should definitely put your attention on it.
by Restuta on Nov 11, 2010 at 1:08 PM
Looking good but wish we had page templates
by bathspa on Nov 2, 2010 at 12:32 PM
Very promising.Thank you!
by Touradg on Oct 26, 2010 at 9:16 PM