What is Umbraco?Umbraco has been designed to make you as productive as possible. This means it’s fast, beautiful and easy to use so you can focus on getting your message out to your peers, not how the technology works. Whether you need a powerful online marketing tool, a superb ecommerce platform or a hub for your community, you’re in great company. They’ve got more than 250.000 websites to prove it. Umbraco is a CMS that allows us to create beautiful websites. If you are looking at a website, you will probably not even know whether it was build using a CMS or not. Umbraco websites are powerful and flexible, and the platform allows us to create any website that you want.
The 3 new Umbraco 8 features
Infinite Editing – never lose track of your context
With this new built-in feature, you get to slide uninterrupted through your tasks in the Umbraco backoffice. We have improved the editing flows for content editors and developers so they feel more intuitive and frictionless. For example, if you need to add an image to support your website copy, there’s no need to jump to the separate media section to make the necessary edits only to lose track of where you started. With Infinite Editing, you’ll stay on track because you’ll never lose the context you’re originally working in.
And to take Infinite Editing to the very infinite-level, you can even customise your flows so they genuinely become intuitive as they will fit the way you need to work in your Umbraco backoffice. Now that’s interesting!
We are super happy about introducing this feature in Umbraco 8, as it will make working with content a lot smoother. And when things get smoother, your job gets more enjoyable as you get to spend your time and energy on creating impressive content!
Language Variants – manage multilingual content in Umbraco
Wave goodbye to workarounds, hacks, and syncing with external packages. In Umbraco 8, management of language variants is part of the CMS. Based on popular demand, we have made it possible for you to update, create and manage your multilingual content in a simpler way.
The new built-in features such as the side-by-side editing view, the ability to switch between languages in preview mode for easy comparison, and the possibility to set up mandatory languages are just some of the new features that’ll make it simpler to work and update your multilingual content.
Content Apps – improve your content with insightful data
How popular was your latest blog post? How many downloaded your whitepaper? How reader-friendly is your content? Did you remember to use the right keywords in the copy? 🤔
With the ability to install and build various Content Apps in Umbraco 8, these questions can be answered directly where the editor needs them – in the backoffice. With Content Apps you are able to give editors tools to gather, measure, check and learn about and from the content.
It’s like a content companion. A companion that feeds you insightful data and tips in order to make your website’s content even better. As a developer, talk to your editors and customers about what they’d love this companion to help them with – and then build it for them!
Codebase clean up
Umbraco 8 has been five years in the making. One of the reasons for this was the need for a thorough and necessary clean-up of the codebase, in order to make working with Umbraco a lot simpler for developers.
With Umbraco 8 you get a codebase that is a lot less complicated and easier to extend. We have gotten rid of a lot of legacy code which means that it has become a lot easier for you as a developer to follow best practices. It also means that you are able to take advantage of more up-to-date technology in Umbraco. Fun for you and good for your customers!
In the improved Umbraco 8 codebase, we have also made sure that it has become easier to create as well as install and uninstall packages. This is a massive help and time-saver for packages developers as well as package users as workarounds and hacks are no longer necessary to make things work from the get-go.
Umbraco is known as the flexible CMS and these improvements will definitely make thing even more flexible as you are able to construct the projects you need in a more straightforward and faster manner. An effect that will also end up benefiting your customers as they will get impressive, stable and up-to-date projects.
Getting started with Umbraco 8.0
If you have reached this part (or simply jumped straight to it) – you’re probably curious about how best to get started with Umbraco 8.0.
And you’ve come to the right place!
From today you are able to create new Umbraco 8 projects – also on Umbraco Cloud. This way you can either test all the new features and functionalities or, even better, start building your next project in Umbraco 8. With the initial launch of Umbraco 8.0 our main focus has been for you to be able to do just that.
While automatic upgrades from Umbraco 7 to Umbraco 8 will not be possible, very soon it will be possible to migrate your content (content/media/members) from the latest version of Umbraco 7 to Umbraco 8.0. We will let you know when we have more information ready on this, including documentation and information on best practices to follow.
Now, back to the getting started part – we have 2 recommendations to ensure you get the best possible start on your new Umbraco 8 project:
Umbraco 8 documentation
With the initial launch of Umbraco 8.0, we have worked hard to ensure that the most crucial, best practice and helpful pieces of documentation are in place so you can have a smooth start with your first Umbraco 8 project(s).
On Our.Umbraco we have dedicated a page with all the current available Umbraco 8 documentation including “Creating a basic website”, “Porting packages to Umbraco 8”, “Content Apps” etc.
And to keep you thoroughly updated, on this page you’ll also find information on all the upcoming pieces of documentation that we are currently working.
Tutorials and webinars
We know that some prefer a more visual approach when it comes to seeing and learning new things. That’s why we have also made sure to have free “What’s new in Umbraco 8” videos ready for you on Umbraco TV and our YouTube channel.
- What’s new in Umbraco 8 – first part
- What’s new in Umbraco 8 – part 2
- Language Variants
Like the documentation, new Umbraco 8 videos will be added on Umbraco TV regularly.
Another way to see what’s new in Umbraco 8 is by signing up for our free Umbraco CMS webinar. This is a 45-minute live webinar held by an Umbraco HQ specialist who will guide you through the basic things in Umbraco CMS. From the 7th of March 2019, all webinars will be on Umbraco 8.