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. Umbraco’s unique CMS is growing in popularity. It has nearly half-a-million active installations worldwide and nearly 222,000 active members in the Umbraco community. Umbraco is an open-source CMS that hosts a wide range of content and media types with the added functionality of Microsoft’s .NET security features.
Along with a broad range of APIs (over 300) and options to add plugins, the current CMS, Umbraco 7, is known for its user-friendly navigation, excellent personalisation features, and is SEO friendly. It’s a solution that is ideal for businesses and brands that deploy across multiple platforms.
Now, let’s take a sneak peek of what to expect in Umbraco 8.
The Sneak Peak
Umbraco 8 promises improvements to all of those much-loved features as well as some exciting new ones. Technical improvements will include performance enhancements, upgrades to the codebase, and a brand-new cache system--all helping to improve the user experience, developer flexibility, and system performance.
New in Umbraco 8 is the content-aware Content App extension and Infinite Editing, which supports the non-linear approach to content creation. One of Umbraco 8’s “wow!” features, Infinite Editing offers developers a seamless editing experience allowing them to “zoom” into the detail of each content element while maintaining the bigger picture.
But possibly the most exciting update, for developers and content creators alike, will be the variations and segments.
Umbraco 8 will feature native support for multilingual content with Language Variants, an increasingly important function for all websites. Language Variants will remove the need for multiple nodes when creating multilingual platforms. Content can be created on a single page instead of multiple iterations that require individual editing.
Segments enable you to change your site based on a user’s behaviour, thereby optimising your content delivery. You can change the content based on user location, how they’ve navigated to the site, and all sorts of other factors that can help you get the right content to the right users at the right time.
Umbraco is just as passionate about its community as it is its software. And now that version 8 is almost here we’re making preparations for our next installation of training courses to educate users on our exciting new features.
Training is provided for anybody who wants to learn more about best practices for using the software and to get a deeper understanding of its features. Although geared towards developers and designers, anybody can sign up for the courses, some are free, some have a fee, and there are video tutorials for the visually inclined. The topics taught include defining documents, templates, building navigation and galleries, handling media, and collecting data. Look for new classes as Umbraco 8 sweeps the scene.
Umbraco 8 is more than just a content management system; it’s a marketer’s dream and will make your developers and content creators happy too!