Architecting your Orchard CMS Site for Cost Savings & Performance

Back in March of 2015 I wrote a post titled How to Use Azure BLOB Storage and Azure CDN for Scaling Web Applications. This post was meant to help users speed up their webistes by utilizing Azure offerings like BLOB storage and Azure CDN. These features are nice because they allow you to offload requests from your website and serve cached content to users from nodes nearest to them. The other

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Windows Azure Active Directory and BitLocker Recovery Keys

In a post back in March 2016 I wrote about using Azure Active Directory B2B for working alongside partner organizations. This post outlined how Cloud Construct uses Azure Active Directory to source users for all of our internal tooling and also for when collaborating with clients. Cloud Construct is a completely virtual web development company with all of it's employees located in the Boston area.

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Cloud Construct Loves Slack

In 2015 Cloud Construct switched to Slack from Microsoft’s Skype for Business as our primary inter-office messaging application.  We are mostly a Microsoft shop, so this switch was not made lightly, especially since Skype for Business is free with our Office 365 subscription.  Slack was embraced by the team pretty much overnight as the go-to application for communication.  Per

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How to best center website content with CSS3

I have noticed a trend in which many websites are centering content both horizontally and vertically while still ensuring the area is fully responsive.  It got me thinking about different ways, both simple and complex, to center website content in horizontal alignment, vertical alignment or a combination of the two.  Horizontally Let’s start with horizontal centering.  The s

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Improving Client Engagement with Visual Studio Online

Cloud Construct’s preferred development stack consists of a set of Microsoft solutions thanks to the enterprise functionality, integrated nature, ease of use and ubiquity. Many of our clients leverage Orchard Content Management System (CMS) hosted in the Azure cloud. We also leverage Microsoft development tools for planning, tracking and the Integrated Development Environment (IDE). When w

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Details Matter in User Experience Design

Sometimes clients will not readily understand why designers appear to be so picky and opinionated when collaborating with them on User Experience and Visual Design for a project. But a big part of the value of consultation by a talented designer, during the creation of a web application, website, or even a fundamental branding element like a logo, is having someone pay close attention to every det

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What are the benefits of TypeScript for Web Development, and how can you use it?

Here at Cloud Construct we have been using Typescript as a useful technology to accelerate cross-platform web development and reduce defects. Below is a summary of the technology and how you can start using it in your projects. Let us know if you have any feedback or questions! Typescript Overview and Benefits TypeScript is described as a “typed superset of JavaScript” that compile

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Constant Contact vs Mailchimp vs SalesGenius

A web developer’s comparison test Cloud Construct has delivered a number of marketing led client web development projects that include integration to email marketing platforms. Part of our responsibilities in the projects was to develop email templates for the platform, upload, test, and distribute. Recently, the three most common marketing email platforms we have worked with Constant Conta

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Using the join.me API to schedule online meetings in Orchard CMS

Here at Cloud Construct we use join.me for all of our online meetings, audio conferences, and screen sharing session with clients. We like it a lot since it's simple and easy to use. Recently we were asked to figure out a way to host online meetings dynamically for a client and allow online scheduling for these meetings. We did not want to write conference software from scratch so w

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Running the Orchard Command Line Interface in Azure

Since we’re big Orchard and Azure users at Cloud Construct, we love sharing tips and tricks with the developer community. There may be instances where you want to access the Orchard Command Line Interface (CLI) in your staging or production site hosted in Azure. I ran into a scenario where a disabled module was added as a dependency of an already enabled module, causing the site to crash. In

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