The following sections of the "Creating a Basic Site" tutorial provide step by step instructions through an Umbraco website build starting from a set of flat HTML, CSS and JavaScript files. It will allow you to take any website "template" and install it into a fresh Umbraco and wire up the sections that need content managing in Umbraco.

    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 without the starter site installed. See the notes below for what to do when running through the installation wizard.
    • The tutorial uses a copy of Retrospect – a HTML5, responsive website template from - or, if you prefer, you can use your own flat HTML files.

    Getting Started

    Installing an Empty Umbraco

    Follow the steps in the Installation article using the latest main 8.X download. When the installation wizard starts click [Customize] to choose to not install the starter kit.

    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.

    This is correct – we have a blank, empty Umbraco website

    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. Then, copy the Umbraco zip contents back in and then hit localhost in your browser.

    Preparing the Retrospect Template Site

    Now unzip the Retrospect 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!

    The Retrospect 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!?

    A barren, empty Umbraco installation

    Next - Creating Your First Document Type

    How to create Document Types and what they do.