Putting the ‘co’ into Umbraco

By Richard Ockerby

Community. It’s a strong word that means a sense of togetherness, a group of people working towards a common goal. That’s exactly what it feels like to work with the wonderful and friendly people that make Umbraco what it is today, and they really value input from the community. It’s the reason why Umbraco formed several community teams who help support different areas, such as documentation, nurturing community involvement, CMS development and accessibility.

Recently, as a member of the Packages Community Team, I was invited to Umbraco HQ in Odense, Denmark, to talk about all things Umbraco with fellow community teams and also Umbraco staff. The aim of the short stay was simple; to discuss what we’ve been up to over the past 12 months and where we want to focus our efforts over the next 12. It’s been a busy year and we’ve been involved in a few interesting projects to help people get involved with packages:

  • We created a template to help people get started with developing their own packages
  • Organised and hosted (for the second year) the Umbraco Packages Awards to recognise the hard work from the community
  • Held a number of talks over the year to raise awareness of package development and how to get involved
  • Created a tool to help people publish their packages to the Umbraco Marketplace, called UmbPack
  • Brought package contributions under the Hacktoberfest umbrella

It’s fair to say we’ve been busy. But with new versions of Umbraco coming out every six months, and the move from .NET to .NET Core Framework in version 9, there’s still a lot of work to do to make package development accessible and easy to use. Not only does this allow me to give back to a great community, but it helps keep me up-to-date with all things Umbraco and allows me to share this knowledge in the team, and really push forward what Drummond Central can offer.

If you fancy getting involved in any way, whether it’s writing documentation, supporting package development, testing new release candidates or even just chewing the fat with fellow Umbracians, why not reach out? A great way to start is to jump into the Umbraco Discord channel and say hi.

If you’re coming into this fresh, Umbraco is an open-source Content Management System that is built on .NET Core. Sporting over 1 million global website installs, serving some big brand names (and some not so big ones too) it’s a great choice. You can find out more at umbraco.com