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Umbraco 7 has been known for years as the most user-friendly cms. Still, our friends from Umbraco thought it could be even better. And so a completely new version of Umbraco was released at the end of February 2019: Umbraco ... 8!
Umbraco has traditionally been a pleasant cms for developers. With Umbraco 7, the backend made a huge step forward for content editors. This line has been continued in Umbraco 8.
As soon as you log in you will see that the interface has had a considerable make-over. Sections have been moved from the side to the top, the interface has been given a new fresh color scheme and the search, version and account info have been relocated. What remained is the clear content tree and the clear editor.
Infinite editing is new: infinite editing. By means of sliding layers you can, for example, adjust an image, edit a template or change a document type from your content section. You no longer have to leave the content section for these edits, and that works very well in practice!
The development of Umbraco 8 took no less than 5 years. One of the reasons for this was the need for a thorough and necessary cleanup of the codebase to make working with Umbraco a lot easier for developers. With Umbraco 8 you get a codebase that is a lot less complicated and easier to expand. Much legacy code has been removed, making working with Umbraco more pleasant, faster and above all more stable.
Content apps are intended to supplement the editor, without being able to edit content in them. A content app is not part of the editor, but it can give you information about the content you create. Think of statistics, suggestions for better content and so on. Since content apps are completely new, it still takes a while for us to find the right interpretation, but that we are going to use them is one thing for sure.
Umbraco 8 is not an upgrade from 7 but a completely new version. A quick upgrade is therefore also not possible. If you want to switch to Umbraco 8, the only option is to migrate again. This means that all texts and images will be transferred, but that we have to adapt all code to Umbraco 8 and that can be quite a drastic operation. That is also one of the reasons that Umbraco version 7 will continue to support and improve for a long time. Your Umbraco 7 website is certainly not outdated!
After months of trial and error, we decided to take the step and start developing websites with Umbraco 8. Although the differences compared to Umbraco 7 are not earth-shattering, you do notice a difference. Umbraco 8 is faster, more responsive and has updates that make the life of a content editor much easier.
We are happy to tell you about the opportunities and possibilities.