More composting information from Glory Lennon on Self Reliance Exchange. This article talks about location of your pile.
We, too, have found that having the pile in shade doesn’t matter much, but it does do better in sun. At our old house we were able to have it out of sight, which helped, though ours didn’t smell that badly, either. Here I’ve tried making my own composters, which allow it to be in plain sight. They are not working well, though, and I have to experiment to see if it’s the design itself that’s the problem or what we put in it. I suspect the latter at least plays a large part.