Contour forms and Umbraco members

Contour 1.1.9 has just been shipped. It’s a minor release, but it adds a nifty little feature making it super easy to work with member data. Default values and workflow settings bracket syntax has now been updated to support member values.

Member values as default field values

Say that you have a comment form on your website with the standard fields (name, email, website and comment).


In the case when an Umbraco member is currently logged in and you want to pre-populate the name and email fields with the values from the logged in member, it’s now just a matter of setting the default value using the bracket syntax.


You can access:, member.loginname, and for custom properties simply use the alias member.customalias.

Full details on the syntax can be found in the Contour developer documentation.

Member values in workflow settings

Of course it’s also possible to use this syntax in workflow settings. For example, sending an email to the current member when a form has been submitted, just set the email setting to {}


Member profile editor

Combine the default values with a workflow that will update the member details and you have a member profile editor.

Let’s start with a simple member type with just a single property with the alias custom.

I want the members to be able to edit their email and the value for the custom property so I’ll create a form with 2 fields (email address and custom property).


The default value of the email field has been set to {}


And the one for custom property has been set to {member.custom}


So now if I request the form when I’m logged in as an Umbraco member, the fields should be populated with the current member values.


The next step is to make sure the member values get updated when the form is submitted. This can be done with a workflow (workflow is part of the contour strikes again project).


The workflow simply maps the member type properties to the contour form fields. When the form is submitted the member properties will be updated. Once this is in place you have a working profile editor.

Make sure you have at least Contour version 1.1.9 in order to use these features. Install and upgrade instructions can be found on the contour project page.

106 Comments so far

  1. Fuji Kusaka on August 10th, 2011

    Hi Tim, after your presentation at CG11 i was asked to make a registration form just the way you did it. But really dont know how to get started and dont know how to create the Member Type and the mapping.

    Can you explain please and help me get started.

  2. Tim Geyssens on August 11th, 2011

    @Fuji, I’ll do a detailed post in the next couple of days on how to setup a registration form

  3. Sean on August 12th, 2011

    Is there any way to provide a parameter to a datasource(culture code) to complete a drop-down? We have a multi-lingual site and our values for the dropdowns are stored in a database, grouped by culture. So, if you are on the site in Turkish, it should pull the values for the TK culture to fill the dropdown lists.

    Any ideas?



  4. Fuji on August 15th, 2011

    Thanks Tim, looking forward for this. I already set up contour and working on Contact and Comment form. However i noticed that when i create a filter in my workflow i just loose all my content of the comments. Any idea?

  5. happyfanaticsalsero on August 18th, 2011

    Hello Tim,

    How do I get and install the contour strikes again package? I can’t find a download on the codeplex page and the project doesn’t seem to be listed under the projects in

    Next to that I’d like to add my 2 cents to post about a registration form. Any change of blogging that?

    I’ve been hoping for this functionality to end up supported in contour for quite some time; thrilled it’s finally here!

    Kind regards

  6. Fuji on August 19th, 2011

    Hi Tim, any updates there??

  7. Tim Geyssens on August 19th, 2011

    @Fuji, post coming next week

  8. Fuji on August 20th, 2011

    Great Thanks

  9. Rasmus on August 22nd, 2011

    Hi Tim
    I tried to use member values as default field values and it works just fine, when the user is logged in, but if the user is not logged in, the form outputs eg. {} in the input field. Do you have any idea on how I can solve this, so the value is there, if the user is logged on and empty if not?

  10. Tim Geyssens on August 23rd, 2011

    @Fuji details are up

  11. Fuji on August 23rd, 2011

    Tim thanks for the members section for contour. However i can get the Invalid Error message to pop up when using the same member email address which is unique. nothing appears, instead am still getting “Email Mandatory” even after changint the “Invalid Error Message” in the form entries.

  12. Tom on August 24th, 2011

    do you have any tips on getting active directory to work?
    I can get it so that AD members can log in using standard login controls etc.. but as an admin user in umbraco I can’t see anything in the members section at all.. it just spins..

  13. Rachael on October 14th, 2011

    Hi, how do I get the members name? tried {} and {member.nodeName}


  14. Tammy on January 19th, 2012

    Hi Tim,

    I am creating a contact us form and required user to key in the date of birth. But we need user to select day, month and years from dropdownlist instead using a datepicker.

    I tried create a field type but don’t think so it work out.

    Can you please advice me what is the best solution for this?


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  16. Janet Kirklen on July 13th, 2012

    I too would like to find that Contour Strikes again package. I’m trying to figure out how to create a Registration form in Contour 1.1.12 that creates a member in the Umbraco membership tables. I need to be able to approve registrations so Contour handles that well and exporting registered user to an email list is also easy from Contour. So I just need to find a way to create the member entry in the membership tables.

  17. Christopher on July 31st, 2012


    Great job! I just have one kind of big issue with the UpdateUmbracoMember.cs. I would like to be able tu update a member property to nothing.

    if a member has a property for something filled out, and they want to blank that field, the update is not done to that property. I could of caurse change the code to enter in empty data, but that would just overwrite all other properties not chosen in the workflow.

    Any idea on how to fix this?

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  19. Wayne on October 25th, 2012

    Hi, great post thanks.

    I’m using a custom membership provider and in using the syntax {} it fails as its using the member provider expected;


    any ideas how to get the contour form fields to call my membership provider for all bracket syntax values ?

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