Overview of the free / open source Umbraco packages I’ve created (some in collab with others). This list only features the most recent ones and the still usefull/active ones that work with Umbraco 6.

Char Limit Datatype

New datatype, a textarea with a limit on the characters. The character limit can be set on the edit datatype page (default this is set to 100).So you get feedback on the amount of characters left when you are typing. If you exceed the limit the content gets trimmed.

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Config tree

ConfigTreeLogoAdds a tree to the developer section called "Config Files". It will list all of the *.config files in your ~/config folder.  These can all be modified in the editor provided.

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Dictionary Datatype

DictionaryDatatypeLogoAdds a new datatype that can come in handy when working with multilingual sites and you don’t wan’t to replicate a certain content/media node for each language. A property of this type will add a textbox(or textarea) for each language that is set.

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Eazy D

EazyDLogoMakes creating Umbraco dictionary items easier

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Look who’s editing now

Avoid conflicting content edits with this package. Page edits will be visible in the tree and on the page it self if multiple people are viewing/editing the same page.

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OptimusLogoUI layer on top of  the Web Optimization framework for Umbraco, making it possible to create script and style bundles from within the backoffice.

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Optimus Lite

OptimusLiteLogoInstantly make any Umbraco website faster!

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Seek and destroy

seekanddestroylogoCustomizable ajax locator control

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There is no spoon

ThereIsNoSpoonLogoMatrix property editor with a configurable amount of cols/rows

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If you are interested in the sourcecode please check my github account

An overview of older packages can be found here

49 Comments so far

  1. Ryan J. Salva on May 6th, 2008

    Hey there,

    I’ve got a relatively small CMS project (2 websites of less than 12 pages each) that needs a developer. Each site has only two design templates (home and interior), so the coding should go rather quickly. My team can provide HTML prototypes. Typically, we’d do this sort of thing in-house, but I’m looking to expand our contractor base and you seem to know your stuff with Umbraco. Interested?


  2. Thomas Kahn on May 7th, 2008

    Hi Tim!

    I’d love to try out your AJAX Poll package for Umbraco, but I can’t find a link to download it?

    Thomas K

  3. Tim Geyssens on May 7th, 2008

    Hey Thomas,

    I’ll digg up the package( source) and post it later today.


  4. Tim Geyssens on May 7th, 2008

    Package is available for download

  5. Thomas Kahn on May 12th, 2008

    Thanks a million!
    AJAX Poll is fine for my needs - simple yet very flexible. The screencasts explained everything I needed to know to implement it.

  6. JHildeman on July 15th, 2008

    Hey Tim -

    I was looking into your polling package, but I don’t see any templates so when I create a new “Poll Container” I don’t see anything on the published page. I don’t see any bodyText content or properties (other than “votes”) to be able to build a template for it.

    This newbie is definately missing something here. Help me out?

  7. JHildeman on July 15th, 2008

    Also, where are these “screencasts” that Thomas references in his May 12th post? Maybe that’s all I need.

  8. Neil on July 16th, 2008

    Hi Tim,
    The AJAX Poll works great. Just wondering if you could please send me the source code so we can change a few things.


  9. Tim Geyssens on July 16th, 2008

    @JHildeman, I’ll see if I can digg them up

  10. Tim Geyssens on July 16th, 2008

    @Neil, you’ve got mail

  11. mitch on July 30th, 2008

    Hi Tim,
    Nice work!! Respect!

    I will ask same question as Neil few lines above: “Just wondering if you could please send me the source code so we can change a few things.”
    Thanx in advance!!


  12. Tim Geyssens on July 30th, 2008

    @mitch, you’ve got mail

  13. mitch on July 31st, 2008

    Thanx again Tim! :)

  14. Anton on August 4th, 2008

    Hi Tim!
    True component!
    Could you share sources with me as well, please.

    Thank you. :).

  15. Terje on August 6th, 2008

    Hi Tim!

    I’d love to try out your AJAX Poll package for Umbraco, but I can’t find a link to download it?

    Terje D

  16. Tim Geyssens on August 6th, 2008

    Hi Terje,

    The donwload link is on this page

  17. rob on August 21st, 2008

    I would like to see the source code as well.

  18. rob on August 21st, 2008

    for the ajax poll package.

  19. Luke Green on October 21st, 2008

    Hi Tim

    I am interested in using the poll you created, however I would like to customise it. I would be highly appreciative if you could send me the source code.

    Luke Green

  20. Simon Dingley on February 7th, 2009

    Hi Tim,

    Is the source still available for your Polls package? I would be interested in it if so to try and customise it for a site I am currently working on.

    Thanks for all the great work on Umbraco.


  21. Frank on March 9th, 2009

    Hi Tim,

    I also would like to examine the source for the poll you created. I have a need for such an item and am trying to understand how to ‘extend’ umbraco by using an existing ‘extension’.

    Could you please email the source or a link to where I can download it?

    Thanks in advance!

  22. Zac on May 19th, 2009

    Hi Tim,

    I’d love to review the source for the Ajax Polls package and probably make some modifications to it. I’d be glad to send you any and all updates I make to it.
    Keep up the great work.


  23. Remco on June 3rd, 2009

    Hi Tim,

    Is this poll also working on v4 of Umbraco? Are there any problems known to this package in v4? I’m looking for an Umbraco Poll, but this is the only one, and I haven’t found out yet if it handles well with v4.
    Tnx in advance!

  24. Remco on June 3rd, 2009

    To answer my own question, it seems to work in!
    Could you please send me the source code? I’m implementing it in a Dutch site and need to modify some texts.
    Thanx in advance!

  25. saradhi on June 24th, 2009


    The poll module is not working.
    here i am unable to add my poll question, and no db or file interaction.
    please send the code,so that i can utilize and full fill my requirement.


  26. Paulo on February 3rd, 2010

    Is there any “guide” for installing and using this? I’m getting an error when I try to use it:

    Invalid object name ‘xtraStarRating’.
    Description: An unhandled exception occurred during the execution of the current web request. Please review the stack trace for more information about the error and where it originated in the code.

    Exception Details: System.Data.SqlClient.SqlException: Invalid object name ‘xtraStarRating’.

    This happens when I pass the parameter “RatingBarUniqueId” (if I don’t pass that parameter I get an obvious error stating that I need to pass it).

  27. ali on June 29th, 2010

    I have installed the star rating package and all when I insert the macro to the template i will get this!!

    any idea? am I doing it right?
    Have I missed anything?!!
    any help is much appreciated.

  28. JTyler on October 9th, 2010

    Thanks so much for all your hard work! I am using the Star Rating package for a number of sites and it works great.

    I am trying to find the source so that I can edit to make a thumbs-up/thumbs-down version (this seems to be the trend right now..). It used to be hosted here, but the link no longer works:

    Can you please re-post somewhere? Thanks!

  29. Max on March 18th, 2011

    Your ajax star rating is giving me error now my menu and other xstl files cannot be created after un install it
    Could not load file or assembly ‘file:///C:\Users\ASUS\Documents\My Web Sites\Umbraco CMS14\bin\bin\xtraUmbracoStarRating.dll’ or one of its dependencies. The system cannot find the file specified.
    whats teh reason how to resolve this issue please let me know rigth away
    Thank you

  30. JTyler on March 21st, 2011

    If you notice, it is looking for a bin folder within the bin folder, but this does not exist. This is due to a change somewhere between Umbraco 4 and 4.5. You need to either change your xsltextensions.config to remove the preceeding “\bin” or you can create a bin folder within your bin folder and move the dll there. The 1st method woule be better, but functionally they both work the same.

  31. Darren on May 19th, 2011

    Just downloaded the package to have a play using umb version 4.7.0 and when i click send as mail i get the following:

    Server Error in ‘/’ Application.

    This version of EO.Web.dll is built for ASP.NET 2.0. Please use the .NET 1.1 build to run on ASP.NET 1.1.
    Description: An unhandled exception occurred during the execution of the current web request. Please review the stack trace for more information about the error and where it originated in the code.

    Exception Details: System.Exception: This version of EO.Web.dll is built for ASP.NET 2.0. Please use the .NET 1.1 build to run on ASP.NET 1.1.

    Source Error:

    Line 38:
    Line 39:
    Line 40:
    Line 41:
    Line 42:

    Any idea’s? Thanks Darren

  32. Geert on June 16th, 2011

    Hi Tim,

    We are currently evaluating a number of CMS systems to create our new extranet site for /- 5.000 users. Since we are a Microsoft oriented company, I want to limit the choice in .NET based systems.

    I don’t have a lot of experience with Umbraco but when looking at the Umbraco site to the upcoming releases page, there is one thing that worries me. Under “will not be implemented” they mention multi language support.

    Since I live in Belgium and you are familiar with the multilanguage aspect here, I wondered how you handle this. The site will be used in multi countries but with a main focus to BE. I want to avoid having to recreate the same page just to have it translated. We currently use Ektron which has an easy way to handle to handle this but has some shortcommings in other areas.

    Can you give me some info on how you handle multi language for BE oriented sites?



  33. Tim Geyssens on June 19th, 2011


    Check out this chapter on for more details on how to setup multilingual sites,-domains-and-languages

  34. nando on March 2nd, 2012

    hi ,
    could some one send me the source code for star rating package ? i realy want to see how you developed this, this is the only star rate package i found on the net and its really realy nice.

    thanks guys .

  35. Dana Gray on December 27th, 2012

    Hi Tim, can I get the source code for star rating? We are running Umb 4.10 with SCE and running into issues.
    Thanks for your time.

  36. mkariti on August 25th, 2013

    Hi Tim,
    Any chance to get the source code for the Dictionary Datatype package?
    I would like to try to implement RTE to it.
    Many thanks

  37. Shauraj on October 8th, 2013

    Hi Tim,
    Thnaks for your gr8 wrk..

    actly am looking for starrating Can you plz add the file again,I am not able to find.

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    Looking for source code package for “Mail Engine” and can’t find it on GitHub. Need to rebuild it to add the .NET 4.0 EO.Web.dll - can you please add it? Thanks so much!

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