Becoming an Umbraco Master.

Recently some of our technical team headed through to Glasgow for some Umbraco training. Our Technical Developer Owain tells all…

Hello, Owain here! As Scotland’s first Umbraco Gold partner, we know the importance of building our websites the Umbraco way - so I headed through to Glasgow for a week for some training provided by Umbraco HQ. I got to see some friendly faces along the way, as some of the LEWIS technical team popped in to top up their Umbraco knowledge.

Throughout the week, I learned about all aspects of Umbraco, from learning the fundamentals, to extending the back office, to improving the way Umbraco searches content on websites. I also got to work on a couple of Umbraco Cloud examples and dug deeper into the code of Umbraco.

As Umbraco HQ pride themselves on making a friendly Content Management System (CMS), the first few days covered subjects such as improving the client experience. It’s important that when using the back office, clients have a friendly and welcoming encounter instead of a terrifying one! As the CMS is so flexible, it’s easy for developers to make the experience unfriendly, so we were shown how to make small changes to the content layout that will make big improvements to the user experience.

We were shown simple examples that are quick to implement, but often go ignored. One example showed that by simply adding colour and icons to the content menu, it can help the client understand what each item relates to.

After each day, I had to complete a test to make sure I fully understood the material. I am happy to announce that I am now a Certified Umbraco Master (what a title!). Stuart, Garry, Charles and Martin, also part of the technical team, came along and are now Umbraco Certified Professionals.

My week in the West wasn’t all about training! I run the Edinburgh Umbraco Users Group, and I had the chance to visit the Glasgow meetup on Tuesday evening. The meetup was a great chat about all things Umbraco, and there was also a Q&A with Rune and Anders from Umbraco HQ. If you are in Edinburgh or Glasgow, the meetups are a friendly way to meet fellow Umbracians in a fun environment – the best way to keep up to date with all things Umbraco!

This week, myself and our Technical Director Charles will be jetting off to Odense in Denmark to attend the Umbraco Gold Partner Summit and CodeGarden – the official Umbraco Festival! 

Want to have a chat with us about all things Umbraco? Give us a shout – we could talk about it all day!