5 Umbraco packages you must know

In the developer section of umbraco v4 you can find the packages tree. There you’ll be able to install, remove and create packages.


You can install them from the Umbraco package repository


Or you can choose a local package file from you machine



There are some top umbraco packages out there, this is a small list of 5 umbraco package you must know.

Creative Website Starter (CWS) 

CWS is an entire site implementation in umbraco aimed at helping new users learn umbraco.

The code is heavily commented to help understand what’s going on.

So if you are new to umbraco and you want to examine an example site, install cws.

Package homepage (by Warren Buckley)


ImageGen provides a fast and simple way to dynamically resize images and generate text graphics on your web site.

This is great to make sure content editors don’t mess up the site by uploading images that are to big.

Package homepage (by Douglas Robar)


Ever wanted to upload multiple files to the media section of umbraco. With this package (that won the cg08 package coding contest) you can.

Package homepage (by NöRD)


UmbImport helps you import content or members from any datasource into Umbraco.

Package homepage (by Richard Soeteman)


Xsltsearch is a plug and play search engine for your umbraco site.

You can have a search up and running in a couple of minutes, it’s easy to install and very flexible.

Package homepage (by Douglas Robar)

3 Comments so far

  1. David Conlisk on March 27th, 2009

    Good stuff. A few there I hadn’t known were about. I’m particularly interested in umbImport, as I’d done so many imports of various types of content myself that I was going to create a package to do it. Maybe now I won’t have to!

  2. Jon Ward on January 26th, 2010

    Absolute poop. Half of these don’t work properly.

  3. Indula on February 9th, 2010

    I have and still use XSLT Search, UmbImport, CWS and they all work straight out of the box.

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