Orchard 1.7.3 and 1.8 were released today…awesome! Sounds like it comes with a number of great improvements. You can see the official release here.
Orchard 1.7.3 mostly just handles bug fixes, where as 1.8 adds some great enhancements and features. I’ll try to cover some of these more in depth in future blog posts. The highlights are listed below:
- Supposedly a huge performance improvement by switching to an infoset structure for the database – content items are now stored as one XML entry in the database rather than every content part being stored in a separate table
- Upgraded to ASP.NET 4.5 and MVC 5.1 with Razor 3.1
- The once deprecated List Module is back and looks pretty awesome now. It basically lets you pick and choose random content items to add to a list that can be displayed as a page or widget. It also allows for sorting and can be restricted to certain content types, etc. Kind of like a lightweight projector module if you’re familiar with that, though it’s designed to mirror the basic blog functionality. This functionality kind of reminds me of a SharePoint List, though this is purely my opinion and is not meant to imply an technical similarities.
- Job Queue Module – Not exactly sure how thie works, I’ll have to dig into it. Seems like an improved way for queuing up tasks like sending emails or other workflow type setups.
- Lots of bug fixes from 1.7.2 (I think the custom forms bug has been fixed)
- Improved Caching
- Azure improvements such as full Azure Media Services integration – from my understanding this means you can replace the media library with an Azure repository and also stream video through Azure
- Media library enhancements (folders can now be collapsed!
Download it today and check it out!