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It’s almost time to say goodbye to Umbraco 7 and welcome Umbraco 8--the first major release in five years!--with an extra special hello. But before we do, let’s take a quick look at where we are and where we’re going.

Umbraco 7 is an open-source CMS that hosts a wide range of content and media types. We’re supported by a community of users around the world and offer professional tools and support to our customers.

Are you tired of the dull tasks of maintaining your website? If you're reading this post, you are likely already utilising or looking to implement a content management system for your website that will make the tasks of web maintenance easier.

Have you considered moving your CMS over to cloud hosting? Umbraco Cloud is a managed website hosting service, based, obviously, in the cloud. Cloud hosting services have been gaining momentum and there are many benefits to moving to Umbraco Cloud's CMS hosting platform.

When it comes to developing your website, choosing the right Content Management System (CMS) makes all the difference. Depending on your business’s goals, using popular .NET-based CMS systems like Umbraco and Orchard could be suitable web development tools--and just what your website needs.

Content Management Systems (CMS), are pieces of software that are designed to assist in the creation and management of new websites. These systems help the webmaster manage resources, content types, and analytical data. Content, being a primary focus of all businesses online, plays a major role when attempting to build both your online presence and your brand. Content management systems allow you to maximise the potential of your project and provides a platform for teams to create, edit, and publish content to a website. Currently on the forefront of CMS development are Umbraco CMS and Kentico CMS, two emerging heavyweights, fighting for the championship belt. Currently, Umbraco is on top, with over 500,000 active installations, while Kentico trails very far behind with just 25,000.

As an existing Umbraco CMS user, you will undoubtedly be familiar with the user-friendly nature of the platform. Umbraco uSync is another example of a free offering from Umbraco that will help keep your sites in sync. This is a tool that is designed specifically for developers to facilitate the task of backing up site information. Let’s explore uSync in a little more detail:

In line with Umbraco values of friendliness and support, Umbraco TV provides training and support for its users with easy-to-digest, bite-sized video tutorials. At a fraction of the cost of the Umbraco training labs, Umbraco TV provides unlimited access to in-depth, how-to tutorials, providing on-demand need-to-know support for member of the Umbraco community. While some videos are free, others are only available via a nominal monthly subscription fee.

Umbraco Headless CMS was born of business’ needs to provide personalised content across multiple platforms. It enables centralised content management across all channels and gives developers much more room for innovation.

Unlike traditional models which have a backend and frontend that use the same code base and communicate directly with each other, Umbraco Headless CMS separates the two. The presentation layer has been completely removed and this solution focuses on back-end only--hence the name.

The long-awaited release of Umbraco’s latest Content Management System (CMS) is almost upon us and everybody’s talking about it! Umbraco 8 is in the final stages of testing and developers all over the world can’t wait to get their hands on it.

Want to develop a site yourself or work on someone else’s Umbraco website? Umbraco certifications will help you land that dream job. Umbraco HQ offers a range of training courses to certify users, with three different levels of expertise. Each course comes with its own point value--the more points you earn, the higher your certification level.

As Umbraco’s popularity as a primary Content Management System (CMS) grows, so too does the myriad of features that are available to Umbraco users. Let’s delve into Umbraco Courier and explore this package in depth.

To put it simply, the objective of Umbraco Courier is to move the functioning items of one site to another. But due to the unique way that Umbraco CMS is built, this is a process in itself. This is because there are a whole host of dependencies that go into moving an item from site to site.

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