How To Install Umbraco 7 In Less Than 5 Minutes

In today’s guide, we’re going to cover how to install Umbraco 7.  The process is very straightforward and it should take you less than 5 minutes. The quickest way to install Umbraco if you don’t have Visual Studio is via the Microsoft Web Platform Installer. In today’s guide we’re going to cover this process. When I timed myself this process took 4.51 seconds.. so it’s pretty quick!

Download Umbraco

The first step is to head on over to the Umbraco website and down the CMS where you can choose to install either via the Microsoft Web Platform Installer or the Microsoft WebMatrix.

Microsoft Web Platform

The Microsoft Web Platform is a free installation tool developed and supported by Microsoft.  The web platform can do some cool things like, automatically detect and install required Umbraco dependencies, create a Microsoft SQL database or Microsoft SQL CE database prior to installing
Umbraco and even create and configure entries within IIS.

After you click on the Web Platform button and agree to the T&C’s, you should see a file named Umbraco.exe to start downloading. After the file has downloaded, run it and you will be presented with the web platform installer:


After you start the installation process, you will be asked what type of SQL database server to use.  If you have SQL server installed, you can use a SQL user that has the install permissions.  If you want Umbraco to work without caring too much about your database server, you can go with the lightweight option and use SQL Server CE.  After this Umbraco will get installed on your PC.

When the installation finishes and you close it, you should see a new icon in your windows toolbar that says Umbraco CMS that looks like this:


Click on the ‘Run’ button and you’ll be presented with this screen:


The details you add in here will be the username ad password you use to access your Umbraco instance.  After you click install, if everything has gone well, the Umbraco editor should load.


That’s all there is to it, to get a basic version of Umbraco up and running.  By default, if you look in your Windows User Documents Folder you should see all the Umraco files.  You now have everything you need up and running to get working on your Sitecore website.


Jon D Jones

Software Architect, Programmer and Technologist Jon Jones is founder and CEO of London-based tech firm Digital Prompt. He has been working in the field for nearly a decade, specializing in new technologies and technical solution research in the web business. A passionate blogger by heart , speaker & consultant from England.. always on the hunt for the next challenge

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