Getting started with umbraco

Last Saturday, during the umbraco meetup the ‘lack of documentation’ topic came up ( as usual ). So for al those people trying to get started….

A great way to get started is to install Warren’s creative web site wizard and to take a look at how things are set up and how it interconnects (developer section, right click macro’s, choose import package then open the repository and install the package). You can also find different references on the web, I tried to structure some of them in this ‘getting started’ list.


You can always find the latest release on codeplex (currently 3.0.5)

Installation: (link to screencast in the bottom right of the page)

Document Types:


Xslt and Macro’s:

Beyond the Basics:
.Net controls and umbraco:



Xslt extension:

Custom datatypes:

Flash and umbraco:


Still having trouble to get started ? The umbraco community is great, so sign up to the umbraco forum and post your questions.

19 Comments so far

  1. Ismail Mayat on July 27th, 2008

    Excellent post should have this as a sticky on the forum!

    Regards Ismail

  2. Akshay Sura on August 18th, 2008

    Good job. I think you have good resources to get started on Umbraco.

  3. Rob on October 3rd, 2008


    What is your take on using umbraco with an existing portal that already has a membership model? We have a site which simply needs a CMS for certain portions such as the support and marketing sections. The other parts of our site include dynamic content pulled from SOAP and RSS feeds which at this point are running smoothly and require no human intervention.

    We authorize users to our site using a SOAP call to our membership platform similar to windows passport you could say (but not exact). The site already uses a master template model.

    So basically it would be great to use umbraco for content reuse within our master pages but thats about it, no membership management, or site building since the pages will already exist, just plain old editing of static content.

  4. Craig on October 23rd, 2008

    I have 12 years experience in web development including .NET. I have just installed umbraco on an XP machine and am now totally stuck. What umbraco needs is a simple, “This is how to get your first page working with umbraco” tutorial. There doesn’t appear to be anything that is any use to someone who isn’t an umbraco expert other than the installation instructions.

    It looks more like a dev environment than a CMS with no instructions for use! If I can’t get working with it, I’ll look for another package. So much for being “friendly”.

  5. Robin on November 13th, 2008

    Hi Tim. I am representative of a very large international company and I have been tasked with researching out a .net platform CMS. So far, Umbraco fits the bill upon initial inspection far better than anything else.

    I am currently trying a “test run” to get started. We have chosen the Beta 2 version to test on.

    I have entered in some basic document types following the screencast almost exactly. Where I am running into problems is with the templating. When following your example—the-introduction , the text area on your screen shot is blank where you entered “Hello World”. My text area has the <%@ Master… so on. When I run tests with this in place and the “hello world” I get a runtime error. I tried removing the .Net code and just using “hello world” as in your example, but it fails as well. Any tips?


  6. Robin on November 14th, 2008

    In regards to the above comment… It worked once I moved the down some lines and put the code within that. Must be something new with the beta.

  7. Susmita Chatterjee on March 4th, 2009

    I am completely new to Umbraco and am trying to work with Umbraco 4 installed on Windows 2003. I am facing a problem while trying to preview a page. I have followed the tutorial for V3.0.6 provided at the location

    Also am not able to open the file

    Can somebody pl help.

    Thanks and Regards
    Sushmita Chatterjee

  8. Ratndeep on March 20th, 2009

    Almost i have seen all documents on umbraco site
    but failed to get a sample which describe me “how to get your first page working with umbracoā€¯.If there is a post or document please provide link and
    if not tha what about making a sample on that.

  9. Craig on April 6th, 2009

    Ok, 6 months later, thought I’d try again as I still like the IDEA of Umbraco. Installed V4, once again is still empty. It’s obviously a joke. I’m out of here!

  10. Tim Geyssens on April 6th, 2009

    @Craig install a started website, that should get you started

  11. Jonas on October 20th, 2010

    I have to say that im a bit dissapointed with Umbraco so far. What i would have expected from such a product was atleast a howto get started. I’ve been googling and trawling umbraco sites for almost two days and still i haven’t found some nice article that describes how to easily setup a site with some nice layout.

    What i miss is an article that catches the usual beginner tasks like figureing out how to design the visual layout, how to get the content up, how to work with navigation, regular stuff, which shouldn’t be so hard in such a product. I hope someone reads this and decides to write such a guide or point me to one already existing. Coz im about to give up on it…

  12. joseph on July 29th, 2013

    I dont know why I cant find a complete tutorial for Umbraco., even just a simple Tutorial for beginners..,

  13. Tim Geyssens on July 31st, 2013

    @joseph check out

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