This chapter has not been updated for the current version of Orchard, and has been ARCHIVED.

Initial feature set

Post Creation & Administration

This feature makes it possible to create new blog posts as well as find and edit existing ones (see scenarios below). This should be a consistent user experience with CMS page.

XML-RPC / Live Writer Integration

The existing XML-RPC features will be extended to work for blog posts.

Media Integration

The existing media management features will be integrated into the blog post editing experience (including Live Writer).


Blog post drafts will be implemented in a way that is consistent with CMS page drafts.

Scheduled Publication

Scheduled publication of blog posts will be implemented in a way that is consistent with CMS page scheduled publication.

Multi-blog / Multi-author

This feature could potentially be postponed, but if implemented it enables multiple authors to maintain multiple blogs. A given author can create more than one blog, and a given blog can be contributed to by more than one author.

The simple permission model may need to be modified to enable authorship delegation, or this can be implemented as an ad-hoc feature.


The list of posts can be displayed by month. A list of past months with the number of posts for each month can be displayed.

Linkback: trackback, pingback and refback

Linkback is a generic term that describes one of the three current methods to manage posts linking to each other across blogs.

The blog package should send trackbacks when a post gets created, and should receive refbacks, trackbacks and pingbacks. It should put all three through spam filters and should provide admin UI to manage the linkbacks and configure their moderation (moderation required or not, etc.).

A few features that are necessary for any blog engine will be implemented as aspects that can be applied to other content types in addition to blog posts.

List of Posts

Lists of content items need to be implemented for the blog front-end to work. This will be implemented as part of this iteration.


All lists in the application should be exposed as alternate views that conform to RSS and Atom.


Comments will be implemented with the bare minimum features (name, URL, e-mail, text, date). We will implement spam protection to an external service such as Akismet, and make it swappable in a future iteration. We will also support authenticated comments (captring user name for comments when a user is logged in).

The implementation is described in comments.


Tagging is described in Tags.

Search will not be implemented in the initial blog iteration but will be added later as a cross-content-type aspect.


Themes will be implemented for the whole application in a later iteration.


Plug-ins will be implemented in a future iteration and will be retrofitted into the existing blog code.

Background tasks

Background tasks will be implemented in this iteration and will be retrofitted where relevant into the existing pages code.


Widgets will be implemented in a future iteration and will be retrofitted where relevant into the existing blog code.

Future features

BlogML import and export

This will provide a migration path to and from Oxite and other blogging engines.


Here, owner means the post owner if acting on a post, the blog owner if creating a post, and the site owner when creating a blog.

Permission Anon. Authentic. Owner Admin. Author Editor
View Posts Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Create & Manage Blogs No No Yes Yes No No
Create & Manage Posts (implies all others) No No Yes Yes Yes No
Create Drafts No No Yes Yes Yes No
Modify/Delete posts No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Publish/Unpublish/Schedule posts No No Yes Yes Yes Yes

Additional permissions may apply to aspects such as comments or tags.