This tutorial will take you step by step through an Umbraco website build. It will allow you to take any website "template" (e.g. flat HTML, CSS and JS) and install it into a fresh Umbraco and wire up the sections that need content managing in Umbraco. Umbraco is a seriously powerful CMS but many find the learning curve of installing a website from scratch a little too much – this tutorial aims to explain the mysteries!
We avoid using one of the starter kits as when it comes to building your own site as, though these are extremely useful, they won’t provide you with an understanding of the basics of Umbraco features like Document Types and Templates and how these work together to build pages.
Each section in this tutorial builds on the last - it's recommended that you work through the subsections below in order.
To follow this tutorial please work through this section first.
How to create Document Types and what they do.
How to create your first template and create a content node.
How to wire the Document Type Properties (Umbraco Data Fields) into the templates to output the editor's data in the right place.
How to create a Master Template and use this to create more pages whilst minimising duplicate HTML code from your flat source files.
Part 2 - using the Master template to create new page types.
A simple solution for the template in the menu.
How to have a parent page that lists and links to child nodes automatically (e.g. an article list page containing an flexible / infinite number of articles - useful for Blogs or News pages).
By this point you'll have a basic working site - but where next? You've barely scratched the surface of the power of Umbraco - a few links to send you on your way!