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Umbraco: A User-Friendly CMS

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Brief

Creating and updating your content management websites should be the least of your worries. That’s the motto of the fastest growing CMS – Umbraco. It is also known as “friendly and flexible” CMS due to its vast range of features.

Let’s take a look at Umbraco and a bit of history about it before diving deep into its features and benefits.

What Is Umbraco?

Umbraco is an open-source content management system platform, built with .NET framework and the C# language. It is developed by Niels Hartvig in 2000 and launched in the market in 2004; it became one of the top .Net based CMS in 2009.

Umbraco is one of the most deployed Web Content Management Systems on the Microsoft stack with more than 500,000 installations. Umbraco is in the top five most popular server applications and among the ten most popular open-source tools.

Umbraco Releases

Latest Version 8.6.4  11 August 2020
Version 8 26 February 2019
Version 7 21 November 2013
Version 6 31 January 2013
Version 5 (“Jupiter”) January 2012
Version 4.1 Beta II 16 February 2010

Umbraco Architecture

Umbraco CMS is configured to scale and optimal for high-traffic sites. With one web app for front-end and one app for back-office, Umbraco uses two web apps.

Below is the Umbraco Azure cloud architecture, which has five main components

  • Web App: Umbraco website uses two web apps, A) Front end B) Admin
  • SQL: SQL Server DB stores your website’s content. Both frontend and admin web app uses the same database.
  • Redis Cache: It stores session state and output cache to improve performance and reduce the front-end load.
  • Storage: Store all your media in Azure storage to minimize I/O operations.
  • Application Insights: Help to detect issues, diagnose crashes, and track usage in your web app.

Why Umbraco?

Umbraco is the fastest growing CMS, with various features providing benefits to developers, marketers, and agencies.

Flexible CMS
Umbraco is a flexible CMS that provides the freedom to build websites, apps, or other solutions the way you like it. Each system has a unique requirement, and Umbraco’s user experience enables workflow optimization and fits the need of each system.

Intuitive Editing Experience
Integrated workflows are designed to provide its editor with a smooth and comfortable experience. With a multi-device preview, one can develop the content and review it on different devices before publishing it. It will let the editor review it from the visitor’s eye, providing the same look and feel for desktop, tablet, and mobile phone.

Umbraco Clouds
The Umbraco cloud provides an easy hosting option to its users from the small-to-big scale website and the simple-to-multi-channel website. With Microsoft Azure, it provides fast and scalable infrastructure using the most modern computing and network technology backed by one of the world’s largest technology companies. With the Umbraco cloud, you can manage different environments without any fuss and deploy it once it is ready – just with a single click.

Now, this doesn’t mean you can not host the website on your separate server. You can choose any hosting method which suits you.

Features

Easy To Learn And Use
With a simple interface and in-depth documentation, videos, and helpful community, Umbraco is easy to learn and use.

Infinite Editing
With Umbraco, you can create simple blog posts, case studies, and campaign websites with integrated workflow experience that we call “Infinite Editing.” Its design enables editors to create better content at a faster speed.

Templates
Umbraco provides the easiest way to create and manage your website design template. You can easily create a new one, modify existing templates, and delete unused templates.

Data Type
From the normal textbox, checkbox, dropdown to rich text editor with customizable options, you can create and manage each property field’s data type on your website.

Document Type
The sole purpose of the document type is to define data. It is a collection of different kinds of properties defined with its validations.

Tree Structure
Umbraco CMS uses a tree data structure which allows you to view all the components in their hierarchy. It makes it easy for users to find the desired content.

Searchable Tree
When you type any search term in the search box, Umbraco searchable trees provide you result based on your access permissions.

Media Library
Manage all your assets from a single location gives you the flexibility to add the new assets and scrap the old one quickly.

Timezones
Server and web site timezones can be different. With timezones, Umbraco turns this into reality and allows you to select the timezone you prefer.

Schedule Content
With Scheduled publishing Umbraco allows you to publish and unpublish content whenever you want automatically.

Role-Based Access
You can create a group and assign permission to different users based on their publishing tasks.

Multilingual
The Umbraco website provides support for different languages with ease. The latest Umbraco 8 “Language variant” feature enables you to manage other languages more easily.

Macros
Using a macro, you can create a reusable functionality that you can also use throughout the site.

Conclusion

From the ease of editing the content to customization and security, no doubt, Umbraco is one of the fastest-growing and top open-source CMS which fits all scale websites. Thousands of developers, designers, and content creators worldwide favor this CMS for its simplicity and efficiency. From the small business or advertising to the large complex business applications, Umbraco made the CMS web development more accessible than ever.

FAQ

Can we host Umbraco on our server?

Yes, you can host the Umbraco website on your server or Umbraco Cloud. For hosting on your server, you will need technical support from an experienced developer or hosting team.

Does Umbraco provide supports for multilingual?

Of course, Umbraco provides support for different languages. Once enabled, the easy-to-manage tree data structure helps you find and modify the content for a specific language very quickly.

Can we perform customizations in Umbraco?

Yes, you can perform customization in the front and backend office too.

What is the use of Marcos?

Macro is a wrapper that enables you to create a reusable functionality, just like a view or partial view. You can assume it as a custom Data Type and use it at more than one place on your website or web application.

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