Getting up to speed with Orchard - Dojo Course

Tutorial, Dojo Course, Navigation, Media Library

UPDATE (2017-11-22): Dojo Course 2 is released with new, updated videos!

How to run Orchard as a developer? What are other, more advanced built-in modules I should know about? Our second Dojo Course tutorial aims to give anwers to these questions.

The notes for this tutorial:

  • Download Orchard Source 1.7.1 to run Orchard from source
  • What is Orchard.sln
  • When you starting working, create a copy of Orchard.sln, e.g. DojoCourse.sln
  • A quick glance at the folder/solution structure: built-in modules, the default project (Orchard.Web) is the heart of Orchard
  • NB: VS2012 uses IIS Express instead of Cassini web server
  • Built-in vs. core modules
  • CommonPart settings
  • Tour of the Navigation feature, integrated since Orchard 1.5: menu item types, reordering menuitems, extensibility
  • Demo: creating pages and corresponding menu items
  • Renewed media management enhanced with content types: Media Library (since 1.7)
  • Importing media with drag&drop
  • Editing imported media items, creating folder structured and drag&dropping items between folders
  • Resizing pictures inside of Media Library
  • Guide to the built-int modules
  • Continuously updated source code for the Course (you can upload the latest source in a zip from here)

Remember: if you have any questions don't hesitate to ask them by creating a new issue in the Orchard issue tracker with the "discussion" label. Make sure to prefix your thread's title with "Dojo Course - "! We keep an eye on these issues.

Haven't you enrolled yet? Why not do it some time in the near future like right now?

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  • reza said Reply

    Thanks very much for providing these videos . They are up to date that makes them unique . How many videos do your team plan to provide ?

  • Zoltán Lehóczky said Reply

    Glad to hear it! There will be about a dozen videos until the end of the semester (so mid-December).

  • reza said Reply

    Can you upload these videos in other places ? I live in iran and youtube is filtered in my country . I downloaded these videos in a hard way with low resolution .

  • Zoltán Lehóczky said Reply

    Hmm, could you try downloading the videos with Keepvid ( You just need the URL for it to work (though it might use your computer to connect to YouTube what would still be blocked for you) and it gives you the full quality.

    Let us know if it doesn't work and we'll find some workaround.

  • reza said Reply

    This site ( ) and most of the sites like them are filtered . I can download videos from youtube but it is very hard for me for example your last video in 1080p resolution has 700 or 900mb so I have to download it in 360p resolution ( 200mb or 150mb). I think in your next videos that you concentrate on programming in orchard , the texts are not clear in low resolution . Sites like rapidshare remove videos after some time if nobody download the files ( I think ) . I don't know best solution for this problem ...

  • Zoltán Lehóczky said Reply

    Please drop us a line through the contact form and we'll find a way to send you the videos separately.

  • XerxesB said Reply

    Awesome! Can't wait for the rest of the videos! Great work! Keep it up!

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