The Umbraco repository is made up of six major groupings, as shown in Figure 10-4. Because the packages are broken down into categorical groupings, users can more easily find the tools they require in this continuously expanding list of packages. As noted earlier, not all packages qualify for the package repository, so in a sense this is a list of packages that have been used and reviewed enough by the community or Umbraco HQ to qualify and be deemed a potentially good addition to your website.



The repository categories are as follow:

  • Collaboration: You can find packages such as Blog 4 Umbraco and other communication based packages in this category.
  • Backoffice extensions: This category houses packages such as custom data types, bulk editing of content, browser extensions, and custom trees.
  • Developer tools: As developers work with the system, they build tools to make their lives easier. Some of the tools are shared for others to make use of, too, such as a log viewer, config file editing from the backoffice, document type icons, and so on.
  • Starter Kits: The packages in this category are great for beginners who want to see best practices on how to implement a basic website using Umbraco. Installing any of these can give you an idea of how to structure document types and manage XSLT files, as well as a view of what works in general. ...

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