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📣 Product update 🥁

Site Builder 4.1 is here

Packed with awesome new features, including an integrated Shop and interactive filterable Listing.

This release is a MASSIVE update, full of awesome new features, improvements and fixes. Below we will run through some of the highlights, however, you can view everything else in the changelog for 4.1.0.

4.1 Release Highlights


We have now introduced a new license provider. Before you upgrade to Site Builder 4.1, you will first need to activate a new license file. 

Update Licenses

Prior to releasing Site Builder via NuGet, customers could only download package updates and license files for a period of one year (365 days) after the date of purchase. With our new license, if you try to upgrade via NuGet more than one year after the date registered on your license, then you will receive a license error. 


Search results

Option to display member-only content within search results.


New multilingual aria-label attributes in underlying code. Can be managed via Translation section.

Multilingual 404s

Update to logic for 404s (page not found). 

WebP site logos

Fix to code that enables WebP rendering of site logo.

WebP lazy loading

The initial smaller image that is used for lazy loading will now render as WebP. Improves SEO and page speed results.


Improved performance of pagination in search results, listings, blogs, and shops.

Label design settings

An unlimited number of product label colour options can be added to any theme design.

How to access 4.1

Upgrading to 4.1

Are you fed up reading and want to try it out, no problem, follow this guide on how to install the upgrade.

Install 4.1 on a new site

Starting from scratch? Great, here's the code snippet to get started. Copy and paste this into the command line and you're good to go.

Choose the database option that best suits you...

Option A — Local Database

# Ensure we have the latest Umbraco templates
dotnet new -i Umbraco.Templates

# Create solution/project
dotnet new sln --name MyLocalDatabaseSolution
dotnet new umbraco -n MyLocalDatabaseProject --friendly-name "Admin User" --email "" --password "1234567890" --development-database-type LocalDB
dotnet sln add MyLocalDatabaseProject
dotnet add MyLocalDatabaseProject package uSkinnedSiteBuilder

# Run
dotnet run --project MyLocalDatabaseProject
# Running

Option B — SQLite

# Ensure we have the latest Umbraco templates
dotnet new -i Umbraco.Templates

# Create solution/project
dotnet new sln --name MySQLiteSolution
dotnet new umbraco -n MySQLiteProject --friendly-name "Administrator" --email "" --password "1234567890" --development-database-type SQLite dotnet sln add MySQLiteProject dotnet add MySQLiteProject package uSkinnedSiteBuilder # Run dotnet run --project MySQLiteProject #Running

How to buy a license

New Customers

Head over to our pricing page and choose the best plan for you. 

Existing Customers

If you've purchased Site Builder within the past year then login to the uSkinned Members Portal now to create and download your license.

If you purchased a Site Builder license more than a year ago, then you will need to purchase an extended support license before you can upgrade to 4.1. Login to the uSkinned Members Portal to find out. 

Free Trial

Sign up for our no-obligation, Microsoft Azure-hosted free trial of uSkinned Site Builder. 

Host with uSkinned

Seamless hosting, Umbraco and uSkinned are preinstalled on a world-class and secure platform. Experience the easiest and most affordable way to launch a uSkinned powered website. Talk to us about Hosted uSkinned Websites today.

If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comment section or reach out to our team at any time.



About the author

Paul Daly

I am a co-founder and the Creative Lead at uSkinned. It's my responsibility to lead the design and frontend coding efforts for all of our products as well as across each team, including Marketing, Branding, Content and Support.

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