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    Executing an Umbraco request

    During the Umbraco request execution, an MVC Action is called which executes a Razor view to render content to the end-user,

    Using the Model

    Whenever a content item is rendered on the front-end, it is based on a model of type IPublishedContent. This model contains all of the information about the content item associated with the current request.

    If you are working in a custom MVC Controller's action, a model of type ContentModel will be provided in the Action's method parameters. This model contains an instance of IPublishedContent which you can use.

    When you are working in a View of type UmbracoViewPage (which is the default view type), the Model provided to that view will be IPublishedContent. For example, to render the current content model's name you could do:


    All Umbraco view page types inherit from UmbracoViewPage<TModel>. A neat trick is that if you want your view Model to be IPublishedContent you can change your view type to UmbracoViewPage and the view will still render without issue even though the controller is passing it a model of type ContentModel.


    IPublishedContent is the standard model used for all published content, media and members in Umbraco. It is a strongly typed model and is very flexible.


    UmbracoHelper is the unified way to work with published content/media on your website. Whether you are using MVC or WebForms you will be able to use UmbracoHelper to query/traverse Umbraco published data.


    MembershipHelper is a general helper class for accessing ASP.NET membership data, as well as Umbraco Member data, which are stored in a format similar to Umbraco content and media.