Umbraco 8: Overview Video

Get to Know the Basic Structure & Layout of Umbraco 8


Hi this is Jordan from ipso Creative and this is an Umbraco 8 overview video. We’re gonna take a quick look at the how the Umbraco CMS is organized and point out several features a long the way. Let’s dive in.

When you first login to Umbraco you’ll see this dashboard view. The dark blue bar at the top is the section navigation for the CMS. We’ll be taking a quick look at each section in this video. On the left hand side is the navigation area for the section you are currently editing. Since we are clicked on the “Content” section we see a Content tree. This is where you will edit and manage all the content on your website, with the exception of media which is located as it’s own section. If you aren’t familiar with Umbraco, all content is organized in a tree structure. This item here is our Homepage, we’ll call it the "Root Node”. All of our other content lives underneath the homepage.

The content tree is how you organize your websites architecture and define URL pathways. For example: if we drop down "About Us" we see there are 3 child pages. If we click on “New Page” we can see that the url is /about-us/new-page. Therefore, where you place your content items in the tree is how Umbraco defines its' url. Looking at the tree we can see there are multiple different content types here: Products, People, Content pages, Blog, etc. This content tree is where all of your website content will live no matter what content type it is. And you can assign icons to each content type to tell them apart for ease of editing.

If you’d like more information specifically on how to edit content in Umbraco I’ve included a link in the description to another video that walks through all the amazing features of the Umbraco grid editor.

Let’s take a look at the Media section. Media is where all of your imagery, icons, and files (such as spreadsheets or pdfs) live. There’s several really appealing features of Umbraco Media over other Content Management Systems such as the ability to organize your files in folders, replacing existing media items with updated versions, and more. I’ve highlighted these features in another video which is also linked in the description.

The next section is Settings. This section is mostly used by developers. It is where you can edit and manage all of your data types, templates, and other helpful tools.

Next, is Packages. Packages are Umbraco’s version of plugins or third party resources that you can add to your website. However, with Umbraco’s advanced customization abilities, there is a far lesser need for third party resources like Packages.

Next, is Users. This is where you can add and manage users who you want to have access to the CMS. You can invite or create users, and view user information by clicking on their profile. You can also view the different permissions groups as well as create new ones.

The last section we have to talk about is Members. This section is where you manage the external users of your Umbraco website. For instance, if you have an ecommerce website and you want customers to be able to create member accounts that they can login to, you would utilize the members section.

There’s many more amazing features of Umbraco, but that’s all we’ll cover in this overview video. I’ve included links in the description to several other videos on Umbraco, so check those out. I hope this video was helpful, and thanks for watching.