An introduction to Umbraco 8
Umbraco is our CMS of choice here at Shout. As a Umbraco Certified Gold Partner, you’ll benefit from our vast knowledge of Umbraco and their latest materials. You will have direct access to the Umbraco HQ team, for support and advice on solutions, and best-practice methodologies.
Why choose Umbraco?
Umbraco is your open source CMS choice for flexibility and intuitive editing, giving you the freedom to do and manage things your way. Designed for simple and effective adoption and deployment, Umbraco is an ideal content management system for developers, web designers and content producers alike.
With flexible deployments, seamless Microsoft technology stack integration and cross-platform compatibility, Umbraco is an ideal choice for websites of all sizes. Offered as a free open-source product, it’s no surprise that the CMS is already used across 500,000+ websites – from high traffic media sites to Fortune 500 organisations.
Umbraco provides everything a website needs to succeed - for site owners, designers, developers, and content managers. You can count on this CMS to help you create and expertly maintain competitive websites that reflect the latest technology trends across web and mobile.
What’s new in Umbraco 8?
Umbraco has introduced three major new features with Umbraco 8:
- Infinite Editing
- Language Variants
- Content Apps
Plus, it’s had a visual refresh and a lot of under the hood performance improvements. Let’s dig into some of those new features.
Infinite Editing gives you the ability to make changes across the site without losing focus on the current page you’re editing. Say you want to adjust the crop of an image… previously you would have had to save the page you were working on, find the image in the Media Library, make your changes, and then come back to the page, losing track of where you had started. Now, you can edit that image in the same window and return seamlessly to editing your page.
Here at Shout, we’ve built numerous multilingual sites for our clients. Umbraco 8 now makes this much simpler to use and easier to maintain. Languages are a first-class citizen now. You can now define languages within the CMS, set up mandatory languages, edit different translations side by side and even see your whole site structure in multiple languages at a glance.
“A Content App is not directly part of the editing experience but can give you information and feedback on the content you are creating as well as statistics and results of the impact of the content you have published. It can even bring you suggestions on how to improve your content while you’re creating it. No need to jump to external platforms or checklists to get these insights - now you’re able to get it right where you need it.”
Content Apps allow developers to build functionality into the Umbraco CMS that it may have been previously necessary to use an external tool for. Useful for marketers and editors, developers can surface information from analytics integrations, eCommerce statistics, or workflow support tools to guide an internal process for content creation and review.
Developer Paul Seal has already built a live chat app using Content Apps!
Here at Shout, we love using Umbraco as a CMS platform and have already delivered Umbraco 8 for clients. Get in touch today to find out how we can help you.
Rick Butterfield, Senior Web Developer