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An Umbraco plugin is an extension or add-on that enhances the functionality of the Umbraco content management system (CMS). Umbraco is an open-source CMS built on the Microsoft .NET framework, widely used for creating and managing websites, web applications, and digital content. Umbraco's flexible architecture allows developers to extend its capabilities by creating plugins.

Umbraco plugins can be developed by the Umbraco community or individual developers to add specific features, customizations, or integrations that are not part of the core CMS. These plugins can vary in complexity, ranging from simple tools to more sophisticated modules.

Some common examples of Umbraco plugins include:

  1. Custom Data Types: Plugins can create custom data types that offer additional input options for content editors when creating or editing content. For example, a custom data type might allow for the selection of colors, sliders, or date pickers.

  2. Widgets and Dashboards: Plugins can add widgets and dashboards to the Umbraco backoffice, providing content editors and administrators with quick access to useful information or functionalities.

  3. Media Handlers: Plugins can extend Umbraco's media handling capabilities, allowing for automatic image resizing, video transcoding, or integration with external media services.

  4. Integration with External Services: Plugins can facilitate the integration of Umbraco with third-party services, such as social media platforms, e-commerce systems, or marketing automation tools.

  5. SEO and Analytics: Plugins can offer tools to optimize a website's search engine visibility or provide insights into website analytics and user behavior.

  6. Forms and Surveys: Plugins can create custom form builders or survey tools to collect user data and feedback.

To use an Umbraco plugin, developers typically download and install the plugin's package through the Umbraco backoffice. Once installed, the plugin's functionality becomes available for use within the CMS, enhancing the overall experience for content editors, administrators, and end-users.

Since Umbraco is an open-source platform, the community-driven nature of plugins contributes to the platform's versatility and adaptability, making it a popular choice for various web projects.

Check our portfolio of Umbraco projects, plugins, and tools created for versions 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12. These plugins are focused on simplicity and performance, keeping up-to-date with the latest coding patterns and best practices.

  • A simple image ad preview (for custom ads, not Google Ads, etc). Displays the image for the ad, the overlay, and the link.
  • A textbox or textarea based on character limit (textbox for less than 100, and textarea for over 100 characters) that counts the number of characters and blocks further typing if the limit is reached.
  • Creates a button that copies values from one (or several) property into another. The values are copied following the same index of the string array.
  • This plugin creates a Data Type with a Default Value. Useful for a project that implements the schema.org types, so each page has a default value that may be overridden by another schema.org object type, but if the user does not override anything, the default is used.
  • Visually rich, and animated on-off button to be used as a replacement for the simple checkbox True/False Data Type. A fancy representation of the true/false editor. Very simple, but helps convey image statuses to back-office users, instead of using a dull checkbox.
  • Visual representation (hidden/visible) for the umbracoNaviHide property. Sets the current page as visible or hidden.
  • A simple visual representation of a restricted page (for members' navigation for example). Helpful cue for page editors for restricting the page.
  • Analytics dashboard and plugin that enables site owners to keep track of site traffic and page visits without needing an external service (.i.e. Google Analytics, etc.). Aimed at simplicity, gives only the necessary information to track and integrate.
  • A simple dashboard that allows site administrators to create backups of their website files and database, directly from the back-office.
  • Instead of having to place your social media channels one by one, why not add a macro that will render all the channels for you? This plugin renders all social links with icons, themed to your preference
  • A simple plugin to preview YouTube videos right inside the back-office, before saving and publishing.