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Diary of my visit to the Umbraco UK Festival 2017

This blog post will act as a diary for my experiences throughout the 2 day Umbraco UK Festival in London on 2nd and 3rd November 2017.

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An open letter to people who write open letters

I've seen lots of open letters on the internet lately, so this letter is addressed to all of those people who write open letters.

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How to fix the SQL Server error “Could not connect to database” when installing Umbraco

This video shows you how to fix the error Could not connect to database when you are trying to install Umbraco. It shows you how to enable mixed mode on your SQL Server instance, allowing Windows Authentication mode as well as SQL Authentication mode. I…

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The day I hacked Troy Hunt's website to delete my data

I needed to remove my personal details from Troy Hunt's website. This post shows you why and how I did it.

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How to create a simple FAQs page in Umbraco using Archetype in 7 easy steps

Ironically, this question gets asked a lot, so I thought I would show you how simple and easy it is to create an FAQs page in Umbraco using the Archetype package, in 7 easy steps.

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How to protect media items in Umbraco

This post shows you how to protect media in Umbraco. It works on the idea that you can put the media you want to protect in a parent folder, perhaps called 'Protected'. In that you can have your files and folders which are not public. But you can also have pub…

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What is TDD? How to get started with Test Driven Development

This post gives you an introduction into Test Driven Development. It uses a simple, real world example to show you how to get started.

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3 Features of ES7 (and Beyond) That You Should Be Using, Now

JavaScript is anything but a "static" language (pun intended). It seems everything is changing - even the naming of releases has changed, with years marking the language version. But which features you can use now? Or Soon? It isn't always obvious, but there a…

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How to create a custom 404 page handler via a package action in Umbraco

This post shows you how you can use package actions to modify, update, or set configurations for your Umbraco site on your package install event.

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Why is Umbraco CMS so rubbish?

You may have used it before, or you may be using it now and the thought might go through your head "Why is Umbraco so rubbish" or other words to that effect.

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