Help your favorite open source project by helping yourself

Hello, my name is Sebastiaan and I work for Umbraco. When I started working for Umbraco we had a large but manageable community of people building sites with Umbraco and figuring out the best solutions for their problems with our software. Problems? Yes, we have an approximately 15-year old ...

Let's Encrypt on Windows revisited

Back in March, I blogged about Let's Encrypt and then I got busy doing other things. This weekend I had another look at the state of things for Windows and discovered that a few industrious people have been building some great things. The on tool I like very much is lets-encrypt-win-simple (lews). This ...

In working with Umbraco as a Service (UaaS), we often get askeded the question is how to work with it using Visual Studio (VS). The answer up until now has been a rather manual process. I always get a little annoyed when advising people to do something manually when I know it can ...

An Umbraco database upgrade tip from the trenches

Upon trying to help with an upgrade recently, I came across an interesting case: for some reason the site in question was impossible to upgrade, in the upgrade installer, the database upgrade would fail. By chance, it took a long time to download the actual complete site they were trying to ...

Using Umbraco migrations to deploy changes

In yesterday's blog post I boldly claimed that it's "just as easy" to create a custom table for a counter. Well, this is kinda true, kinda not true. It's really easy to go into your local SQL instance, create a table with two columns and use a bit of PetaPoco to ...