In today's guide, I'm going to walk you through the process of creating a demo website with Umbraco cloud. The process is very easy and should only take you about 10 minutes. First, you'll need to sign-up for an account over at Umbraco, here.
Add in your details, NO CREDIT CARD REQUIRED, click 'Go, Setup My Project' and you will have an Umbraco Cloud account created for you!
Sign in using the email and password you created in 'Step One' and you'll be logged into your Umbraco website hosted in the cloud. It really couldn't be much simpler!
After you log-in, the first thing you'll see is a new dashboard. This dashboard allows you to manage your Umbraco Cloud account. The first thing you'll probably want to do is download your project from GIT so you can start developing against it.
Click the 'Local' icon and you'll be presented with three options, 'Use Visual Studio', 'Use Grunt or Gulp', or 'Connect with GIT'. As I use GIT a lot and it's pretty easy to use, this is the option I'd recommend for you.
When you click on the 'GIT' option, you'll be given a URL to your GIT repository. If you haven't used GIT before, then I suggest you download SourceTree as it's much easier to use compared to the command prompt. I won't cover the details of how to clone a GIT repository, but, by cloning, you'll get your Cloud files downloaded to your PC
You can then open your repository from Visual Studio, make your changes and then push them back up to the cloud via GIT. When you push your changes back into the Cloud, it will be published!
Another really cool thing will happen the first time you try and run your website locally; you'll be asked if you want to download the content of your live website to your local version. Enter your email and password in the relevant boxes and all your content will sync up. This feature is really powerful and miles ahead of some of the other CMS systems available. In this manner, you or a content editor, can work offline.
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