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Umbraco helps you manage content and build responsive websites and applications with less effort. Learn this powerful tool to enhance your web development skills with edX.

What is Umbraco?

Umbraco is an open-source content management system (CMS) built on Microsoft's .NET framework. It provides developers and content editors with a flexible and user-friendly user interface to build secure, dynamic websites and applications.Footnote 1

The CMS offers tools to create, edit, and publish content and has extensive customization solutions for Umbraco developers. Web editors can use Umbraco for tasks such as updating blogs and landing pages, managing media, and scheduling future publication updates. Umbraco also provides cross-platform previews for mobile, desktop, and tablet devices, as well as version control and rollback. A robust ecosystem of extensions and plugins make it a versatile CMS for integrating with other platforms across a variety of web projects.

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Umbraco tutorial curriculum

If you need guidance on how to learn Umbraco, an online course could be a great place to start. New users without prior knowledge of Umbraco may prefer beginning with an introductory course, which could cover topics such as: 

  • Building an Umbraco site

  • Creating and managing content without coding skills

  • Creating drafts and scheduling future publishing

  • Implementing mobile-friendly responsive web design, with customizable templates and pre-built themes

  • Using Umbraco Forms to solicit responsive user input

After learning the basics of Umbraco, learners can move on to an intermediate course which may cover concepts like versioning, API integration, and applying extensions to extend functionality. There are also reporting options to implement data querying, as well as security options and controls.

Users with proficiency with the platform can continue on to advanced topics, which may include: 

  • Penetration testing for cybersecurity

  • Compliance for accessible websites and accessibility features for users

  • Categories and tags for organizing content

  • Umbraco cloud hosting for scalability and flexibility

Learning how to use Umbraco can supplement your knowledge of web development and UX/UI. edX offers a variety of educational opportunities for learners interested in studying these topics, as well as a host of other disciplines. A boot camp can provide flexible, hands-on learning for those who want to upskill quickly, while executive education courses are designed for busy professionals. You can also pursue a more comprehensive curriculum in a bachelor’s degree program or, for more advanced learners, a master’s degree program. Find the right learning path for you.

Explore Umbraco jobs

Knowledge of Umbraco and other CMSs could be useful for a variety of careers in web development and content management, including:

  • Web developer: Creates, designs, and maintains websites using various programming languages and frameworks. They work closely with designers and clients to implement functionality and enhance user experience.Footnote 2

  • Website manager: Oversees a website's overall performance and maintenance. They update content, manage user access and permissions, monitor website analytics, and ensure the site's security.Footnote 3

  • Content writer: Creates engaging and informative written content for websites, blogs, and other digital platforms. They research, generate ideas, and write compelling articles, blog posts, product descriptions, and other textual content.Footnote 4

  • Web specialist: Focuses on specific areas of web development, such as UI/UX design, SEO, analytics, or accessibility. They work with other team members to optimize website performance.

Each of these roles will have different education and skill requirements. For example, you may be able to build relevant skills in a UX/UI boot camp. However, some employers may seek candidates with a degree in a field like computer science, depending on the role. Before deciding on a specific learning path, research the positions you hope to pursue and align your coursework with your career goals.

How to use Umbraco in your career

Professionals in a wide variety of industries use Umbraco and similar platforms, and particular elements of the platform may be more relevant to particular roles.

For website managers, a CMS primarily serves as a tool to manage and update website content efficiently. With Umbraco's intuitive back-end interface, users can keep media and web pages organized, manage user permissions, schedule content publication, and perform version control. 

Front-end developers may engage with user-facing site components using structured frameworks and APIs. They may develop custom packages, create reusable components, and integrate JavaScript libraries to enhance the user experience.

Back-end developers might benefit from Umbraco's extensible architecture, which allows them to customize and extend its functionality according to project requirements. They can create custom data types, implement complex business logic, and integrate external systems using Umbraco's APIs. 

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