After five years of hints and promises, Umbraco 8.0 is now available. Umbraco’s content management system (CMS) has nearly half-a-million active installs and almost 222,000 active members in the open-source community. With this latest version, those numbers are sure to escalate.
At Umbraco, their mission is simple. Designers want to make the CMS simple to extend, simple to edit, and simple to enjoy. In this newest version, Umbraco staff cleaned up the codebase, removing legacy code and improving the overall performance and stability of the CMS. Umbraco 8.0 also introduces three new features: infinite editing, language variants, and content apps. Let’s take a look at how these features can help Umbraco users.
Umbraco Infinite Editing
Never lose your original context again. This new feature supports the natural editing flow of content managers to eliminate friction in the editing process. With the built-in infinite editing feature, developers can slide uninterrupted through tasks in the Umbraco backoffice.
Adding an image to support website copy no longer requires jumping to the separate media section. Instead, you can zoom into every detail of a content element without losing the big picture. Plus, infinite editing allows you to customise your flows, so they intuitively fit the way you work in your site’s backoffice.
Umbraco Language Variants
Umbraco developers have listened to their users who have struggled with the task of offering the same content in multiple languages. Now, it’s possible to update, create, and manage multilingual content without external packages. The new built-in language features include a side-by-side editing view and the ability to switch between languages in preview mode. You can also set mandatory languages before a content node is published.
Finally, Umbraco 8.0 now lets you select which content variants you want to publish and when. If a new product is only introduced to two out of five markets worldwide, once you hit publish, content will only update on the pages relevant to those two markets.
Umbraco Content Apps
Again, Umbraco staff took what users were using external platforms for and brought it right into the CMS. Think of these content apps as a content companion. Editors can now gather, measure, check, and learn from the content right in the backoffice.
The apps are not directly part of the editing experience, but instead offer insightful data such as the popularity of blog posts, number of downloads, and how reader-friendly the content is. They are available for any content node and cover analytics, composition and structure, and workflow support. The apps can even offer suggestions on how to improve your content while you’re creating it.
Umbraco is continually in the business of helping its users work simpler and smarter, not harder. Umbraco 8.0 has taken editor feedback and staff ingenuity to offer the most flexible and friendly CMS available. Get started with version 8 now!