Check out our current post for many interesting topics and demos like updating the branding of Orchard; introducing Noayo, a new Orchard Core hosting platform; a new Orchard Core site, and many more!
Orchard Core updates
The issue is that we don't really have concise branding guidelines or even proper branding assets, just what's left over from a long time ago: https://docs.orchardcore.net/projects/O1/en/latest/Documentation/Walkthroughs/#orchard-branding
The goal would be to possibly retouch the existing design a bit: E.g. the current logo's outer circle is strangely uneven, and to use a different branding color than the green there or just use those but then we should settle with the same main brand colors everywhere.
Let us introduce you Paris Noble, brand strategist and co-founder of Elevate Strategy & Design. For the past 2 years, they've been working closely together with us on many Orchard-related projects that either needed something to do with strategy and/or design.
So why do we want to start rebranding Orchard? Branding is super important to make Orchard a widely known, competitive product, to truly make it an industry sensation. And now you can see some logo proposals with a poll on Twitter too! If you haven't voted, please choose the logo that you are like the most. And don't forget to follow this issue on GitHub where you can freely add your opinion about the new logo to make Orchard Core even better!
Add .NET 5.0 and netcoreapp3.1 target framework multi-targeting
This is about changing all of the target frameworks, all the props files, and targets files to support .NET 5.0 as default. So, now every module is compiled on both, and right now the only target is 5.0, but anyone can define 3.1 because it will work with that. If you want 3.1 by default you can set it. Now you have all the new features of 5.0, but for now, we only used it for performance improvements. When we publish, we need to define what we want to publish for, so again, the Docker files are by default deployed with 5.0 and it's not breaking your existing site. It will still work, there is no breaking change here.
Dynamic user permissions - Assign Role
We had a demo a few weeks ago where you could see how you can use the new Manage Users in Role permissions which means you can restrict which users you can manage by the name of the role. That means you can delete them, disable them, change their email address, and so on. The new permissions here are the Assign Role permissions in the OrchardCore.Roles feature. Let's see this new addition in a simple example!
Let's say we have a user with the Editor role assigned. And we say that users in this role will have the permission named Assign Role - Author. You can set that in the admin UI under Security -> Roles.
What does it mean in practice? To see that let's log in with that user who has the Editor role assigned. Navigate to the admin UI of Orchard Core and head to Security -> Users. Here let's hit the Edit button near the admin user for example. As you can see, the Roles list contains every role in the system and you can see that this user has the Administrator role. But all of the checkboxes here are disabled, except the Author one. This user can only assign the Author role to this user because we said that the users with the Editor role can only assign the Author role to users.
Head to YouTube to see a short demonstration about this feature!
Noayo is a fictional word that comes from noyau, which is a French word that means core in English. Noayo is an Orchard Core hosting platform and it allows you to create your own Orchard Core instance online. You can use a Bootstrap template for that site. You have two plans: the first one is 5$/month, you have 14 trial days, you will get 300Mb storage, you can have a maximum of 300 content items and 1$ is redistributed to contributors. The 10$ plan has more storage, you can have more content items and that also allows you to use your custom domain.
If you would like to request a new account, just hit the Request an account button. In the following demo, you could see the Site management feature of Noayo and a presentation of a given site that runs on Noayo. Head to YouTube now to learn more about Noayo!
News from the community
A new website using Orchard Core
Musica Pristina's purpose is to connect people with a breathtaking musical experience in their home. One where selecting what to play is nearly as enjoyable as listening to it.
If you are interested in more websites using Orchard and Orchard Core, don't forget to visit Show Orchard. Show Orchard is a website for showing representative Orchard CMS (and now Orchard Core) websites all around the internet. It was started by Ryan Drew Burnett, but since he doesn't work with Orchard anymore, as announced earlier it is now maintained by our team at Lombiq Technologies.
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