# Tuesday, 28 May 2013

orchardharvest

Unfortunately I can’t go myself but I do hope a lot of people of the community will go and that they also get more recognition as it’s a tool well worth spending time on to get more intimate with.

Grz, Kris.

Tuesday, 28 May 2013 20:16:00 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Friday, 02 November 2012

I couldn’t attend Orchard Harvest myself unfortunately however more and more of the recordings are coming online for us to watch:

Day 1

Orchard Harvest 2012 Keynote
The future of Orchard
Commerce
Case study – Media garden
Module development
Localization
Panel

Day 2

Building and managing a community
Theming
Projections
Migrating a website to Orchard
Performance and deployment
Search engine optimization

I do hope that the rest of the videos come online soon as well.

Btw, in case you didn’t know it yet, Orchard 1.6 recently came out. You can download the source from Codeplex or get a running site via WebPI or WebMatrix.

Grz, Kris.

Friday, 02 November 2012 18:09:01 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Sunday, 21 October 2012

Today I gave a presentation in Milan, Italy at WebNetConf. The atmosphere was great and there was a big audience and almost no no-show which is great.

The talk itself was the last one of the day and you can see I was very much focused:

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I really enjoyed the day, the interaction, the sushi and pizza they served during noon and the simply the whole event. I got to know people from all over the world as 11 nationalities were represented and there was quite a lot of interaction which I find great.

The presentation itself had the following description:

Orchard CMS, distilled in the secret laboratories at Microsoft but later on open sourced, is a great way to start building sites with a CMS topping. This session will show you how to set it up, create custom modules and put it on Windows Azure with a little help of WebMatrix.

Update: I got to know that my sessions scored a 4.5 / 5. Cool!

Grz, Kris.

Sunday, 21 October 2012 00:02:00 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Thursday, 05 July 2012

I noticed on Twitter several people asking for this. However if you know the steps it’s pretty easy. So simply follow along and get the Orchard party started.

Preparation step – Set up a database

Normally one would simply deploy Orchard, make use of the built in SQL CE database and get going. However if you want to scale out, which is very easy in Windows Azure Web Sites, then it’s nothing more but logical to make use of a dedicated database for all deployed instances to keep your data in sync.

To accomplish this simply navigate to the portal and select from the left side menu the option SQL DATABASES. Click on the CREATE A SQL DATABASE.

Give it a meaningful name:

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Then provide a login name and a password (make sure to make up a good one):

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After the creation you can take a look at the details of the database and either stay on the first page or go to the DASHBOARD. Here you can see the connectionstring which is needed later on so be sure to copy that down or know where you can find it in the portal once you need it:

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Ok, that concludes for the first part, let’s move on to the next one.

Preparation step – Create the new Web Site

Either make use of the big + sign in the lower left of the portal or click on CREATE A WEB SITE from the WEB SITES menu item in the portal. Select the FROM GALLERY and in there select Orchard CMS:

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Configure the application you’re about to set up. Give it a unique name and select a region:

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Let it spin and after a while you’ll notice the message that your site has been created. You can look up the web site in the portal:

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Preparation step – Link the database with the Web Site

Ok, now while in that last screen select LINKED RESOURCES. From there on create a new one by clicking on LINK A RESOURCE:

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Select for the option Link an existing resource and select there for the SQL Database option:

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In the next screen select the database which was created in the first preparation step:

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Provide the LOGIN NAME and LOGIN PASSWORD and finish.

Final step – Run the Web Site

Ok, we made it this far already which is great. Now select in the left hand menu the item WEB SITES. In the last column of the overview of your web sites select the url and let a new browser window open:

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This is the oh-so-familiar startup screen of Orchard CMS itself. Fill in the required fields but instead of opting for the standard selected SQL Server Compact, select Use an existing SQL Server (or SQL Express) database.

Remember I told you to copy the connection string earlier on? Well, here’s where it’s needed. Fill in the connectionstring and make sure you fill in the right password as well. I chose for the default recipe for Orchard in my case and then clicked the Finish Setup button. Let the recipe cook up the Orchard CMS website and you’re in business:

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As you can see, it’s pretty easy to do if you know the steps.

Checking the database

If you want you can connect to your database server and open the MyOrchardDB database. Be sure however to add the IP address you’re using at this moment in the firewall rules or else you won’t be able to connect to it. The portal will provide a warning and an option to directly add your current IP address to the allowed list which is a nice feature.

As you can see all the needed tables where created when cooking the recipe to be able to run Orchard CMS:

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Grz, Kris.

Thursday, 05 July 2012 12:35:15 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Hi,

recently I gave a WebCamps for Microsoft and for that I created a custom hands on lab about Orchard CMS. I put this online for everyone to enjoy. You can download it here.

Grz, Kris.

Tuesday, 27 December 2011 19:43:51 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Sunday, 27 November 2011

Last week Orchard, the new cool CMS system from the Microsoft stables, was migrated to the cloud. More precisely to Windows Azure. That’s of course great news as it shows that this puppy is growing up fast as I stated in my live meeting a couple of weeks ago.

However with the migration it turns out to be that the default Gallery service url doesn’t function anymore and you get to see something like the following when trying to either install a module or a theme:

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To change the Gallery url go to the Dashboard > Settings > Gallery

Add a new feed and provide the following url: http://packages.orchardproject.net/FeedService.svc/. So you’ll end up with the following:

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Now delete the first, original, url (http://orchardproject.net/gallery/server/FeedService.svc).

You’re now back in control to add new modules and themes.

Grz, Kris.

Sunday, 27 November 2011 18:17:07 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [3]  | 
# Thursday, 10 November 2011

Last Tuesday I performed my first live meeting for Microsoft. Topic: Orchard the new CMS in town.

Check it out at http://channel9.msdn.com/Blogs/adebruyn/Orchard-Open-Source-CMS-the-new-CMS-in-town for the video and slides.

Grz, Kris.

Thursday, 10 November 2011 13:40:02 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  |