A section in Umbraco is where you do specific tasks related to that section. For example Content, Settings and Users are all sections. You can navigate between the different sections by clicking the corresponding icon in the section menu which is in the top of the Backoffice.

    Sections The Section menu is the horizontal menu located in the top of the Backoffice.

    There are seven default sections that come with Umbraco:


    The Content section contains the content of the website. Content is displayed as nodes in the content tree. Nodes can also show content state:

    • Grayed out nodes have not been published
    • Nodes have unpublished versions (but are currently published)
    • Nodes are protected from the public (require logging in)
    • Nodes are currently locked/non-deletable
    • Nodes are containers (such as List Views)

    In order to create content you must define it using Document Types.


    The Media section contains the media for the website. By default you can create folders and upload media files (images and PDFs). You can customize the existing media types or define your own from the Settings section.


    The Settings section is where you can work with the website layout files, languages, and define media and content types. In this section you can also find the Log Viewer to browse through your log files.

    The Settings tree consists of:

    • Document Types
    • Media Types
    • Member Types
    • Data Types
    • Macros
    • Relation Types
    • Log Viewer
    • Languages
    • Content Templates
    • Templates (.cshtml files)
    • Partial views (.cshtml files)
    • Partial View Macro Files (.cshtml files)
    • Stylesheets (.css files)
    • Scripts (.js files)


    In this section you can browse and install packages into your Umbraco solution. You can also get an overview of all installed packages as well as uninstall packages you no longer need.


    Manage, create and customize Backoffice users and user groups.


    Manage, create and customize members and member groups.


    You can install Umbraco Forms directly from the Backoffice by clicking the install button. Once installed this section is where you create and manage your forms.


    This is the section where you create and manage your dictionary items.

    Help sections

    In the top-right corner you'll find a search tool, which is also accessible by hitting CTRL + Space on your keyboard.

    Next to the search tool, there's a help sections, where you can find Backoffice tours as well as links to Umbraco resources such as documentation and UmbracoTV.

    There's also a small user section with shortcuts to edit the user that's currently logged in, and view most recent activities.

    Custom Sections

    As well as the default sections that come with Umbraco, you can create your own Custom Sections

    Access based on User Group

    Access to the section is based on which User Group a user is added to.

    Learn more about how to configure the permissions in the the article about backoffice users.