Creating Your First Template

Umbraco creates a corresponding template when you select the Document Type with Template option when creating a Document Type.

To edit the template:

  1. Go to Settings.

  2. Expand the Templates folder in the Templating section of the tree. You should see a template titled HomePage.

  3. Open the template. It will contain a little bit of Razor code.

  4. Leaving the code that's there (if you don't understand it, don't worry!) let's copy our template code in.

  5. Open the Custom Umbraco Template folder and copy the contents of index.html.

  6. Paste the content into the HomePage template below the closing curly brace "}".

    • Umbraco Templates uses Razor that allows you to add code in your Template files. Razor reacts to @ signs.

  7. Click Save.

We now have a Template. That's two out of the three stages complete for our first page.

Creating Your First content node

Our third and final stage to creating our first page in Umbraco, is to create a content node. The content node uses our Document Type and Template, to serve up an HTML page to web visitors.

To add a content node:

  1. Go to Content.

  2. Select ... next to Content in the tree.

  3. Click Create.

  4. Select HomePage. The Home Page opens in the content editor.

    • If you cannot see the content node, check that [Settings] > [Document Types] > [HomePage] > [Structure] > [Allow at root] is enabled.

  5. Enter the Name for the content node. We are going to call this Homepage.

    • The name will show up in the node list and will be used to create a URL for the page. Try to keep it short but descriptive.

  6. Enter the following details:

    NameDescription

    Page Title

    Welcome to Widgets Ltd

    Body Text

    Lorem ipsum

    Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Nam et aliquet ante, ut eleifend libero.

    • Proin eleifend consequat nunc id vulputate.

    • Ut eget lobortis metus, non congue lorem.

    • Orci varius natoque penatibus et magnis dis parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus.

    • Maecenas tempus non lectus rhoncus efficitur.

    Sed est ligula, maximus in dolor sed, lacinia egestas ligula. Donec eu nisi lectus.

    Morbi pharetra pulvinar arcu non gravida.

    Footer Text

    Copyright Widgets Ltd 2024

  7. Click Save and Publish. The content tree will reload with the homepage node.

Accessing the Frontend

To view your content on the frontend:

  1. Go to the Info tab in the Homepage content node.

  2. Click on the link under the Links section.

The default Umbraco page is gone and we can see a basic unstyled page. We are getting there.

If you see a blank page, check if the template is entered and remember to save it.

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