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Orchard 1.0

Rating:        Based on 15 ratings
Reviewed:  14 reviews
Downloads: 66244
Change Set: 43e62e42b933
Released: Jan 12, 2011
Updated: Apr 30, 2013 by sebastienros
Dev status: Stable Help Icon

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Release Notes

Orchard Release Notes

Build: 1.0.20
Published: 1/12/2010

How to Install Orchard

To install Orchard 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 is 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?

The main difference between this version and 0.9 is bug fixes.

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.

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".

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 iteration and
should be fairly stable at all times, but not as stable as

Unless you have a good reason, sync to default.

Who should use this software?

This software is in version 1.0. What we mean by 1.0 is that the code is in a stable state and
constitutes a solid foundation for building applications, themes and extensions. Some end-user
features may still be missing though and suggestions are welcome in the discussion forums.

You are allowed to use this software in any way that is compatible with the new BSD license.

Compatibility with ASP.NET WebPages and ASP.NET MVC

The 1.0 release of Orchard is only compatible with ASP.NET MVC 3. In particular this means that if you have installed WebMatrix Betas or RCs, you need to run the MVC 3 installer or to uninstall WebMatrix.

Note: if you don't have ASP.NET MVC or WebMatrix installed, you are fine and you don't need to install them first as Orchard will then use its own copy.

For other known issues, please refer to the full release notes accompanying this release.

Reviews for this release

This is the start of something wonderful...already looking forward to release 1.1. The groundwork has been done, I hope they can keep up the good work, I hope that User profiles and workflow are introduced soon.
by GadgetGeek on Apr 7, 2011 at 1:35 PM
Works well. I've recently been programming C# and particularly mvc 3. Can you say Razor? :-) Wanting to blog a bit in an application I’ve been looking at, dotNetNuke, subtext, dasBlog. Orchard is extremely user intuitive in setup, administration and use. Seo friendly pretty urls (no .aspx) Nice way of implementing child themes that will survive upgrades.
by jhalbrecht on Mar 24, 2011 at 9:07 PM
I am very new to Orchard. I usually use blogEngine.Net for small CMS and customize it for them. Let me give a try to Orchard and then i will get back to you.
by jitendraapi on Mar 23, 2011 at 9:00 PM
Orchard future looks very promising! It's very flexible and easy to learn. Apart from creating some modules (check out, I started building two commercial products based on Orchard - it really increases web dev productivity. Good work guys!
by pszmyd on Feb 20, 2011 at 1:03 PM
This looks really promissing!
by pierresetteskog on Feb 17, 2011 at 8:13 PM
If you want to take a simple static HTML site and get it on a CMS TONIGHT, you want Orchard. If you want a CMS that is future-proof using the latest proven technologies, you want Orchard. If you want a CMS with 8000 modules, this is probably not the solution for you, but for a simple site, with almost no learning curve, look to this tool.
by tkunstek on Feb 14, 2011 at 8:27 PM
Getting data structured and views applied is a pain in the ass in other CMS. In Orchard, it's so perfectly simple. Theming is a breeze. After my first conversion of a DNN-site, I was amazed that virtually no third-party component was required anymore. Orchard is extensible, comprehensible, sensible.
by McZosch on Feb 9, 2011 at 10:04 AM
I've only been using six days, but that the more I use it, the more I love it! Unlike some software, I'm finding very little (if any) limitations. I was planning on downloading it to learn more about modularized architecture but I think I'm actually starting a personal website with it. Very excited. Congratulations on what looks to be a major player in the CMS arena!
by ThePulse on Jan 28, 2011 at 1:46 AM
by peterstarbek on Jan 25, 2011 at 5:00 PM
I have been following this since 0.5 , and i must say, i am really impressed. This is my new favourite CMS. Amazing job guys!! =)
by Kimpo on Jan 20, 2011 at 4:07 PM
Great work guys! I've been following this project for some time. Just ran some basic tests on the latest and it looks great. Particularly happy with the LiveWriter and Shared hosting integration. Great to have some alternate themes too. Now I've no excuse but to get stuck in and start writing some modules!
by cathal_mchale on Jan 18, 2011 at 2:17 PM
The most understandable and brilliant architecture Ive come across, I actually got most of it in about 15-20 mins, as opposed to racking my brains and giving up on many CMS'. Great job guys!
by giddy on Jan 18, 2011 at 2:05 PM
This is awesome!!! I've been watching this project and in a matter of weeks I've seen the downloads soar!!! Looking forward to seeing the beast this cms will be 1 year.
by Seerworx on Jan 18, 2011 at 1:06 AM
Great job! I love the architecture of Orchard, just for creating any site. Without the need for CMS using the Contentmanager. The application blueprint in addition to Autofac is excellent. The NHibernate integration is also just out of the box.. Not to forget Clay with it's shapes :)
by rfcdejong on Jan 13, 2011 at 11:57 PM