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What are Templates and Themes in Umbraco?

Welcome to the wonderful world of Umbraco themes and Umbraco templates, a brilliant way to speed up the creative design process thanks to beautiful preset web pages. Why reinvent the wheel when someone talented has already made a fantastic job of it? As a highly experienced B2B website design agency, we think they’re exceptional – and so do our clients. This page tells you everything you need to know about Umbraco themes and templates. By the end of it you’ll understand what they are, what’s the difference, and why they’re our go-to source for stylish, hard-working, easy-to-use designs.

What are templates in Umbraco?

First, what are templates in Umbraco? In the web development world they’re simply pre-created web pages - or a set of HTML web pages – where you place your content. This defines the markup on your website, giving you full control over the output.

The word ‘templates’ is often interchangeable with ‘skins’, ‘starter kits’, and ‘themes’. Umbraco templates are pre-built, so you don’t need to make your own. It’s a great way to get your website up and running faster. Because the code is Open Source you’re free to modify the templates so they’re unique, dovetailing perfectly with your brand.

Every kind of document you create in Umbraco can have its own template if that’s what you want, created in a public class inside Umbraco’s backoffice. You control the templating process completely. It’s super-easy to access and display document type properties in templates using IPublishedContent, and so much faster and easier to build and present your site. And there’s a handy guide to creating your own Umbraco templates in the CMS documentation.

All this gives you the control, power, flexibility and creativity you need to make on-brand online content creation quick, simple and satisfying, perfect for a busy business with a constant stream of site updates and additions to handle. If you’re new to Umbraco, you’ll be excited at how intuitive it all is.

Why use templates in Umbraco

Now let’s explore another crucial question: why should I use templates in Umbraco? For a start, you can use Umbraco themes for content templates, gallery templates, landing page templates, and even to create your own custom templates.

As you can imagine, having an attractive, brand-led template for every kind of content makes it exceptionally easy to make new pages whenever you need them, quickly and simply. Your content looks the way it should and performs properly every time, from the offset, removing such a lot of the grunt-work required to set things up otherwise. Umbraco themes galleries are visually compelling and have all the functionality you need, carefully coded. Landing pages drive people along the sales funnel smoothly and effectively. And your own custom templates give you the chance to take things to a different level, the ultimate in flexible web design.

Umbraco themes let you keep your layouts and designs consistent across the site, something that’s absolutely essential when you’re building or maintaining a strong, memorable brand. When every piece of online content, of every kind, is on-brand and recognisable, you win. And of course they make a website look so much more professional.

Now you understand the magic of Umbraco themes 

Use Umbraco templates and themes to build a powerful brand, extend your brand, create a new site or replace an old-school website with a fresh new one, the kind of online presence your audience expects. Would you like to talk to one of our team members about Umbraco themes and how they can lift your business, making managing your digital presence better and faster, feel free to get in touch.

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