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Creating a Basic Website using Umbraco


This tutorial will take you step by step through an Umbraco website build. It will allow you to take any website "template" (e.g. flat HTML, CSS and JavaScript) and install it into a fresh Umbraco and wire up the sections that need content managing in Umbraco. Umbraco is a seriously powerful CMS but many find the learning curve of installing a website from scratch a little too much – this tutorial aims to explain the mysteries!

We avoid using one of the starter kits as when it comes to building your own site as, though these are extremely useful, they won’t provide you with an understanding of the basics of Umbraco features like Document Types and Templates and how these work together to build pages.

Each section in this tutorial builds on the last - it's recommended that you work through the subsections below in order.

Getting Started

To follow this tutorial please work through this section first.

Creating Your First Document Type

How to create Document Types and what they do.

Creating Your First Template and Content Node

How to create your first template and create a content node.

CSS & JavaScript

Adding the CSS and JavaScript for your site into Umbraco.

Outputting the Document Type Properties

How to wire the Document Type Properties (Umbraco Data Fields) into the templates to output the editor's data in the right place.

Creating a Master Template Part 1

How to create a Master Template and use this to create more pages whilst minimising duplicate HTML code from your flat source files.

Creating a Master Template Part 2

Part 2 - using the Master template to create new page types.

Master Template - The Navigation Menu

A simple solution for the template in the menu.

Articles Parent and Article Items

How to have a parent page that lists and links to child nodes automatically (e.g. an article list page containing an flexible/infinite number of articles - useful for Blogs or News pages).

Conclusions and Where Next?

By this point you'll have a basic working site - but where next? You've barely scratched the surface of the power of Umbraco - a few links to send you on your way!