What You’ll Need
To take you through a demo of installing a basic site in Umbraco you need the following:
- A clean, empty installation of Umbraco – e.g. no starter site installed, see the notes below what to do when running through the installation wizard. Use the latest main 7.X download. Follow the installation steps in the documentation https://our.umbraco.com/documentation/Installation
- The tutorial instructions uses a copy of Initializr – a HTML5, responsive website template. https://github.com/verekia/initializr-template/archive/master.zip or, if you prefer, you can use your own flat HTML files.
Installing an Empty Umbraco
This guide doesn’t cover the installation of Umbraco – follow the instructions in https://our.umbraco.com/documentation/Installation. When you see the first splash screen click customize – either fill in your MS SQL blank DB credentials or use the CE option – then on the final screen use the “No thanks I do not want to use a starter website”.
Figure 1 - Installation Splash Screen - note the Customize link
Figure 2 - Install a starter website - No Thanks!
Checking you have an Empty Umbraco Install
When you hit your local host address (http://localhost or whatever you’ve set up) you should see the Umbraco empty page screen.
Figure 3 - This is correct – we have a blank, empty Umbraco website!
If you can see the Umbraco Starter kit site you’ve missed the option to install Umbraco with no starter site.
Figure 4- You should NOT see this!
You need to reinstall Umbraco if you can see the starter kit – if you did a manual install you can delete all files in the directory where your local host is being served from, copy the Umbraco zip contents back in and then hit localhost in your browser.
Preparing the Initializr Template Site
Now unzip the Initializr contents to a folder onto your desktop (or a place of your choosing). Now open the index.html from this directory in your preferred browser to see the template – you can see it’s full of lovely filler text with dummy links. We’re going to turn this into a fully fledged, Umbraco-powered site!
Figure 5 - The Initializr Template
Log into your Umbraco installation (e.g. go to http://localhost/umbraco in your browser). You should be faced with an empty Umbraco installation – but where to start!?
Figure 6 - A barren, empty Umbraco installation
How to create Document Types and what they do.