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Orchid accumulates assets from multiple sources before they are added to the page, including themes, plugins, components, and Front Matter.

Asset Sources

Orchid accumulates assets from multiple sources before they are added to the page as <script> and <style> tags. In particular, assets can be contributed to a page from:

  • the page itself: a plugin may add assets to its own pages to ensure proper styling or functionality of that page's content
  • your selected theme: the theme's own styles and scripts are loaded and rendered once, but attached to all pages using that theme
  • components: all components, whether they are the page's components or as widget areas of the theme, are attached to the page and can add assets to that page.

Additional Assets

On anything that adds assets to the Page, you can also define additional assets to be added alongside them. This is added as the extraCss or extraJs properties of the theme config in config.yml, a page's Front Matter, or in a component's config.

These assets take an arbitrary path to a resource, and will automatically compile it according to its file extension and render it in the final site for you.

Extra Assets attached to a Theme

# config.yml
    - 'assets/css/custom.scss'
    - 'assets/js/custom.js'

Extra Assets attached to a Page

# pages/
- 'assets/css/custom.scss'
- 'assets/js/custom.js'

Extra Assets attached to a Component in an Archetype

# config.yml
    - type: 'pageContent'
        - 'assets/css/custom.scss'
        - 'assets/js/custom.js'

Media files

For assets that are not attached to a page, such as images or downloadable files, you must tell Orchid which folders you want copied over. By default, any file assets/media/ will be copied over directly if it is a binary file format (such as image files or PDFs), or compiled if it is a known file type (such as SCSS). You can configure additional directories in your config.yml.

    - 'assets/media'
    - 'assets/overrides/css'
    - 'assets/overrides/js'

If a file is not being copied over correctly, you may need to tell Orchid that it should be treated as a binary file stream instead of a character stream. You can set in your config.yml which file extensions should be treated as binary content. The following file extensions are considered binary by default: jpg, jpeg, png, pdf, gif, svg, otf, eot, ttf, woff, woff2

      - 'jpeg'

Asset Transformations

Orchid includes basic support for media management, including simple image manipulation. You can use the asset() template function to load an asset, and Orchid will make sure it ends up in your final site.

{{ 'assets/image.jpg'|asset }}



Rotate an image asset. Rotation angle is expressed in degrees.

{{ 'assets/image.jpg'|asset|rotate(90) }}

rotated asset


Scale an image asset by a constant factor.

{{ 'assets/image.jpg'|asset|scale(0.85) }}

scaled asset


Resize an image asset to specific dimensions. By default, image is resized maintaining its aspect ratio, and is reduced to the largest image that can fit entirely within the specified dimensions. Use the mode parameter to resize the image to exactly the specified dimensions, or crop it to a specified edge.

{{ 'assets/image.jpg'|asset|resize(800, 600, "exact") }}

resized asset exact resized asset resized cropped center-left asset resized cropped center asset resized cropped center-right asset


As assets are transformed, they automatically get renamed to ensure unique asset files are generated. However, you may wish to rename them youself, which can be done with the rename() filter, which accepts the standard permalink formatting string as an argument. If you provide a file extension in the permalink which does not match the original resource, it will be reformatted into the target file format if it is a valid image format.

{{ 'assets/image.jpg'|asset|rename("assets/media/hero.png") }}


Multiple transformations may be applied to a single asset. Simply use more than one of the above filters. You can use the same filter more than once, and they will be applied in turn from left-to-right. Assets are not rendered until the end of the entire pipeline; intermediate assets are not created for each filter.

{{ 'assets/image.jpg'|asset|resize(800, 600, "exact")|rotate(45)|rotate(45) }}

resized asset resized asset resized asset


Orchid takes care of rendering favicons for you. If you do not provide one yourself, it will use the default Orchid logo. If you have your own favicon you'd like to use, simply drop it in your resources root named favicon.ico and Orchid will use that one instead.