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  • mos 2 posts 22 karma points
    Nov 03, 2010 @ 10:52

    Queries and questions

    Hi, completely new to Umbraco. Only heard of it's existence yesterday!!

    I'm needing to a build a website to market a software product. Now, I have html and css skills to a good level which leads me to a few questions:

    1. If I build a html/css site offline, will I be able to just upload it to the CMS?
    2. Are there any fully functional website modules I can install to maybe make alterations or at least see how this program works with an actual ready made site installed.
    3. Are there templates like Joomla or Drupal? I understand that Umbraco wishes to move away from this but the questions stands, are there any templates?

    I have been looking at other .net CMS but there is something about this product that looks more compelling than the others.

    Appreciate any advice/help.




  • Happyfanaticsalsero 59 posts 81 karma points
    Nov 03, 2010 @ 10:54


    I suggest if you're really interested to come at a grasp to look at Umbraco TV (needs a subscription but well worth it). There are some demo videos for free too on Umbraco TV.

    Kind regards


  • Rich Green 2246 posts 3976 karma points
    Nov 03, 2010 @ 10:57
    Rich Green

    hey Mos,


    There are at least 4 demo / start up sites, the most popular being

    Also "Runway" is a small demo site that you can install when you install umbraco.

    To answer your question about your templates, pretty much if you can build it in html/css then you can build it in Umbraco, Umbraco will only ever output the markup that you specify.

    There are not really any templates/skins for Umbraco as every website is different, however the next release (Juno) will allow for skins.

    Hope that helps


  • Happyfanaticsalsero 59 posts 81 karma points
    Nov 03, 2010 @ 10:59

    to answer some of your questions:

    - you could made a document type with a field that accepts rich text and put your html in there, and have a template pointing to your CSS; but I would strongly advise to first understand the concepts of Umbraco and see why that would not be the way to go ;)

    - yes, the 'runway package' is a demo site you can choose to install when installing umbraco and a lot of packages are around (codeplex, etc)

    - Umbraco doesn't really work with templates (Joomla / Drupal) or skins (Dotnetnuke) - you basically build your layout with CSS and templates (using the ASP.NET master template functions).

  • mos 2 posts 22 karma points
    Nov 03, 2010 @ 11:38

    Thank you for the speedy responses. Very good for promoting the program having a helpful community like this.



  • Happyfanaticsalsero 59 posts 81 karma points
    Nov 03, 2010 @ 11:44

    Hi again,

    To give you an idea of the packages ready to be installed... just search on umbraco in codeplex or go to

    Kind regards,


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