Umbraco Interface Explained

After you have logged into Umbraco, the first thing you will see is Umbraco backend interface. The content section is where most content editors and marketers will spend their time, although there are several other sections that allow you to manage different aspects of your site. The content section, as the name implies, allows you to manage your web pages.

The different types of pages you can create will vary from site to site.  Your website won’t have been built in the same way as any other companies.  Also, the sections that you can see on the left-hand side will vary based on your Umbraco user account permissions.  If you have an editor only account, you will not be able to see as much as an administrator account.  So, if the sections you can see look slightly different than the screenshots below, don’t worry too much.


1. Account Profile Section
This is the area you’ll go to edit your Umbraco account, change your password and log out

2. Content
The area where you’ll be creating your web page

3. Media
The area you will manage your web site’s media.  All images, videos, and documents can be found here

4. Settings
Depending on what access rights your Umbraco account has been set-up with, you might not see this section.  If you do then this is the area where you can define things like document types, stylesheets, templates, etc..  If you don’t understand what any of this means, then I would recommend reading my beginner’s developers guide.

5. Developer
Another area you may or may not see, as the name suggests this is where you can define the building blocks of your website.

6. Users
This is where you can add/edit and delete the users that can log into Umbraco

7. Members
This is where you can add/edit/delete website users.  If you have a members’ area on your website, this is the section that will allow you to manage these subscribers.

8. Forms
Form allow you to create/edit/delete/manage web forms easily within your site.  Forms does require a license though, which costs £20

9. Help
The help area.  This links you to Umbraco.TV an online video guide for content editors.10. Search Content

10. Search Content
The search bar is a component within the ‘Content’ section.  This search bar will allow you to quickly find web pages within your website/

11. Navigation Tree
The navigation tree is the component that will allow you to navigate your website’s web page.  I’ll cover this in more detail in the managing web pages section

12. Main Content Panel
The main content panel is the area where you’ll do most of your work

13. Preview & Save and Publish
How you can preview your page, save it and publish it to the 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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