Codegarden is the largest festival for all things Umbraco related. It is the only official conference hosted by Umbraco at their headquarters in Odense, Denmark and is one that we attend annually. Our Umbraco developer Tom travelled to the event earlier this month to attend a number of talks and demonstrations held by industry leaders and the Umbraco team themselves.
As Umbraco is our preferred CMS, we were particularly interested to hear about Tom’s experience at the Umbrangular talk. During this event, experts demonstrated how we can extend the use of our favourite Content Management Solution to ensure a better content editing experience for our customers. Another key benefit is that Umbraco can be integrated with popular packages such as Vorto – a piece of software that can make the CMS handle language natively.
We also picked up on a nifty feature called nestled content which makes it possible to build web pages, whereas before they were simply formatted. While this is quite technical, we learnt how developers are making Umbraco very standardised. This means that all websites created in Umbraco should be easy to understand for developers with experience of the software.
Umbraco Version 8
Tom attended a talk at Codegarden which showcased the new features to expect from Umbraco Version 8. The update is expected to be available by the end of the year as is particularly exciting for us at V8 as the release should coincide with our 8th birthday in October!
Version 8 will help us to develop standard brochure websites for clients more quickly, which means less time spent waiting for your site to go live and lowers costs. While making our development services more efficient, Umbraco 8 will also enable us to constantly evolve websites to keep up with the latest innovations in technology. We will also be able to run local, development and live websites simultaneously throughout the development stages.
Threats to online security cannot be taken lightly, this is why Umbraco offers some of the most up-to-date methods to protect their websites. Password policies, SSL encryption techniques and cross site scripting preventative methods are just some of the features that we are going to provide to our clients through their content management systems.
Codegarden also proved to be a fantastic networking opportunity for us as Tom had the opportunity to meet other members of the Umbraco community. He even rubbed shoulders with Umbraco royalty after bumping into the founder, Niels Hartvig by chance! The festival also featured a bingo evening event which was as crazy as ever and included a prize of a car. Unfortunately, Tom didn’t win the top prize.