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I am completely new to Umbraco, I have done a search so apologies if this has been asked many times before.
Can anyone point me to some sites or sources of free templates or skins for Umbraco?
I have seen the few listed here and the four at freeumbracotemplates.com - are there any others?
Nope, as umbraco does not restrict you in any ways on how the site will look like (opposed to the other open source cms's that more or less "force" you to use skins/template layouts/whatever they called it...)
Seriously, any layout is possible, just as with plain old asp.net (in fact, umbraco uses .net masterpages for templating purposes)
So just so I understand, I can use any css layout in a standard master page?
Can you recommend a good introductory tutorial? I am experienced with C#/ASP.NET.
I'd recommend Umbraco.tv though it is a subscription, try it for a month it'll be money very well spent!
I like you (like most here) came from .net, what's great is that you can still use c# usercontrols if you ever need to inline with the Umbraco functionality.
and yes, Umbraco uses standard master pages
Sorry, wish I could edit these posts!
I highly recommend installing Umbraco and then installing "Creative Website Starter" http://our.umbraco.org/projects/creative-website-starter-(cws)
This is a great little demo site that can help to understand how umbraco works.
Thanks Rich, appreciate the advice.
Given all of the above, does Umbraco support the code behind coding model? Can I use AJAX and web/page methods?
Yep, anything you can do with .NET you can do with Umbraco, either using .NET Usercontrols or using Umbraco's functionality.
Just to illustrate how easy it is to use .NET web user controls and code behind. Here is my process when I create web user controls.
But best of all... this community is second to none in supporting any issue you might have. It is a goldmine!
Oh and by the way... I have actually purchased WordPress themes that I really liked, and ported them to Umbraco. It is surprisingly easy, and I have managed to do it with only using Xslt macros.
So if you can get your hands on any theme, and get the Html source for that theme, then using that in Umbraco is really easy.
A new service from uSkinned provides Umbraco Themes/Starter Kits, prefessionally designed and intergrated fully with the Umbraco CMS. There are a few theme designs available at the moment with more soon to follow.
You can add html template in your layout page for new screen
If you are interested in Umbraco platform, you can search it out for "Constro- Construction Umbraco Business Theme". It would definitely help your business to grow.
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