Orchard 1.8.1 was released last week and includes a lot of bug fixes for Orchard 1.8. Unless my clients were experiencing Orchard performance issues or needed a new feature in Orchard 1.8, I recommended they skip Orchard CMS 1.8 and wait for the first maintenenace release 1.8.1 before upgrading their Orchard Website. With the release of Orchard 1.8.1 I have now started upgrading client websites to Orchard 1.8.1. All of the same gotchas for upgrading to Orchard CMS 1.8.1 are the same for upgrading to Orchard 1.8. Most importantly, make sure you assign the site owner to the administrator role before upgrading to Orchard 1.8.x.
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Orchard 1.8 and Orchard 1.7.3 were released this evening. Orchard 1.7.3 is a bug fix release for those not ready to move to Orchard 1.8. Orchard 1.8 introduces a new document storage solution leveraging Infoset that promises to increase the performance of Orchard by reducing table joins and query execution. I went ahead and upgraded this website to Orchard 1.8 this evening and everything went very smoothly.
NimblePros created a Featured Item Slider Module for Orchard CMS, but it does not work with Orchard CMS 1.7 and the Media Library. A client of mine wanted to use this slider in a new Orchard 1.7 website, so I went ahead and created a new version that works with Orchard 1.7 and the Media Library. In addition to upgrading the Featured Item Slider to work with the Media Library, I also fixed a couple bugs and upgraded the ColorPicker and Slimbox jQuery Plugins to work with the new version of jQuery in Orchard CMS.
Just a friendly reminder to other Orchard Web Developers that the upcoming Orchard 1.8 will be running on Microsoft .NET 4.5 Framework, ASP.NET MVC 5, ASP.NET Web API 2, and Razor 3! I am converting numerous Orchard modules and building new modules using the new Orchard Source 1.x bits going forward to take advantages of these changes.
Orchard 1.8 will have a nice performance enhancement allowing developers to use Infoset to store Content Part data. I talked a bit about the switch to this document db type of storage in Orchard CMS in the post, Orchard CMS Shift to Document Storage and Module Development. I've been taking advantage of Infoset in my new Orchard Projects. In doing so I wanted to share another cool Orchard Module that utilizes Infoset in Orchard 1.8 - Smart App Banners Module. Smart App Banners are a way iOS Developers promote their apps in the iOS App Store on their websites. This Orchard CMS Module helps iOS developers display their Smart App Banners on their Orchard Websites.
I've been upgrading client websites to Orchard 1.7 that I thought it was about time to upgrade my own Orchard Website to 1.7.2 over the Thanksgiving Holiday. Given I am running very few custom Orchard Modules and mainly just using the blog engine in Orchard, the upgrade to Orchard 1.7.2 went very smoothly. I also didn't need to migrate my images to use the new Orchard Media Library, since my needs are pretty simple. If you are still running older versions of Orchard, now is a good time to upgrade to Orchard 1.7.2 to take advantage of the new functionality and performance improvement in Orchard 1.7.
I mentioned on Google+ yesterday we would see an Orchard 1.7.2 release very soon, and as luck would have it, Orchard 1.7.2 has just been released with numerous bug fixes as well as the Orchard SSL Module I blogged about yesterday. This is great timing as I have several client Orchard Websites scheduled to be upgraded to Orchard 1.7 over the next few weeks.
If you're still learning the new Workflow Module, Media Library, and Media Processing Module recently introduced in Orchard CMS, you'll want to add another module to learn as an Orchard Web Developer - SSL Module. The SSL Module adds Secure Sockets Layer functionality in Orchard, allowing you to enable SSL on the Orchard website. Once the SSL Module is installed you will need to enable it and adjust the settings depending on your needs.
Orchard 1.7 released with lots of new features. You can check out my blog post on what's new in Orchard 1.7 for a list of the new features. I'm personally excited about Orchard Workflow and Media Processing since developing custom workflow activities and image filters is a fun way to extend and customize Orchard. Orchard developers will find the Orchard 1.7 upgrade process very similar to the previous versions. You can read all my Orchard Tutorials as well as follow me on Twitter, Google+, and RSS for information on Orchard CMS and Orchard CMS Development.
Orchard CMS 1.7 features are abundant. If you are a new Orchard Developer or just haven't stayed abreast on what's new in Orchard 1.7, you can read all my Orchard Tutorials on the new Orchard Workflow Module, Media Processing Module, Media Library, new Image Editor, Output Cache Module, and other new features in Orchard 1.7. Stay up to date by subscribing to my RSS, Twitter, and Google+ accounts!