Orchard CMS 1.5 was released last night. I have been testing the two release candidates for about a week as well as successfully performed my first upgrade to Orchard 1.5 today. There are some really cool features in this new release that I will be blogging about as part of my Orchard Tutorials.
I haven't even scratched the surface on the new features in Orchard 1.5, but I have blogged about two new features before Orchard 1.5 even went live:
For those Orchard CMS Developers hoping for an easier way to create custom forms in Orchard, you got your wish. Creating Custom forms in Orchard used to be a big pain, and now it is really easy in Orchard 1.5. I'll talk about custom forms, anti-spam, editing placement, email rules, and much more later.
For Orchard Web Developers hoping for more robust and feature-rich menu and breadcrumb features in Orchard CMS, you will be very happy, too. Multiple menus, hierarchical menus, and breadcrumbs are included in Orchard 1.5.
This afternoon I successfully upgraded DavidHayden.com to Orchard 1.5. It was running Orchard 1.4 and within an hour I had it running Orchard CMS 1.5. I didn't actually deploy the upgraded version, however, as I don't need the new features. I don't plan on upgrading any of my personal websites until Orchard CMS is running on ASP.NET MVC 4 with full support for ASP.NET Web API and a new version of NHibernate, etc. Since my personal Orchard CMS Websites are primarily a few pages and a blog, I typically wait for the bigger releases :)
Here is a snapshot of DavidHayden.com running locally via IIS Express 8 on my development machine. Yes, it looks the same, but indeed it is running Orchard 1.5.
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