What is Umbraco?
Firstly, let me begin by explaining that Umbraco is an
open source Content Management System, a Web application that uses
a database to create websites that allows any specified user to
upload, edit and publish content in a straight forward way.
You don't need to buy a license to use Umbraco to build your
website which makes your project automatically
Why should I choose Umbraco?
Due to the abundance of content managed systems
currently on the market you are probably struggling to determine
what is the most suitable platform to build your website within and
whether it will suit your business needs. Umbraco works well
for businesses of all sizes as it has the ability to create and
store vast amounts of content, is scable, fast and easy to
Below I have jotted down some of the most frequently
asked questions I get from potential clients to clearly demonstrate
how Umbraco can work for your business.
- How easy is it for the editor to get to grips
Umbraco was designed from the ground-up to be as
easy as possible to use. With
different sections of the User Interface, it is easy to see and
navigate around the section that you wish to create content in.
Furthermore, you can decide which sections to show and hide with
custom user/group permissions, ensuring that it is only as
complicated as it needs to be for each type of user. As well as
being incredibly simple when you want it to be, it also has the
additional benefit of allowing custom-made UI's for a more complex
lay-out if desired, giving the option to be as complicated as you
decide to make it.
- Can Umbraco store vast amounts of images and
Umbraco can hold a lot of media files in the media
section itself, however, if you wish to have "un-limited" storage
for your media files you can host a folder on
your web server and use umbraco to target these without ever
needing to browse the media folder. This potentially means you can
have as many media items as possible.
- Is there the ability to have multiple websites within
the system and multiple editors?
Umbraco provides the functionality to setup multiple
websites within the same installation, with each website having its
own site host name. This is incredibly useful for multi-lingual /
multi-regional sub-sites, which can be developed and handled
without the need of multiple installations.
To take this a step further, each website can be handled
dynamically and automatically to the effect that altering one site,
will automatically update the others if desired. Multiple editors
can be created with ease, and setup to work within one or many of
the websites, depending on their permissions (fully-customisible).
Editors can be assigned a specific language that will dynamically
translate the website into whichever language they are most fluent
in, allowing cross-lingual development.
- How can Umbraco support us?
The umbraco community is an ever-growing
online resource, with the aims of aiding members with the use of
forums, articles, wiki's, and even open-source or MIT licenced
developer packages. The community is very much active on all major
social media sites, and specific hash-tags are reserved for
quick targeting of the community when posting questions
or adverts. All of this means that whenever or wherever you need
assistance or any questions answered, your calling will always fall
upon the ears of those who can really help.
- How does Umbraco work in terms of SEO?
Umbraco can be tailor-made to provide optimum SEO
support however you require it. With spider and robot packages, as
well as dynamic property population of all SEO tags in your site,
you can rest assured umbraco will be there to get your site
appearing on all of the search engines of the
Almost everything in umbraco is customisable, from
install to deploy, you are well and truley in control. From
front-end design to back-end development, server/client-side
validation and custom package repositories you can rest
assured that umbraco will handle your every
There is so much more that I could go into to demonstrate how
and why Umbraco is by far one of the best CMS' out there... but
then this blog would become a microsite! :)