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📣 Product update 🥁

Site Builder 5.2

Awesome new features including GDPR-ready Google Fonts.

We're super excited to share some fantastic news with you all. Our latest and greatest release uSkinned Site Builder 5.2 is out, and it's brimming with features and improvements that we just know you're going to love.

Let's check out what's new and improved...

A focus on fonts

GDPR-ready Google Fonts

We're thrilled to introduce a super cool new App Setting for Google fonts. Keeping up with GDPR compliance, now you can choose a different source for your Google fonts. It's all about giving you more control while keeping things privacy-friendly.

In your appsettings.json file, locate this line: 

"GoogleFontSource": ""

Change the source to the awesome, GDPR-compliant Google Font provider — find out more here: — don't worry, it's free to use

"GoogleFontSource": ""

New font families

Big news for font lovers! We've added 108 stunning new Google fonts. This means even more ways to make your site's text pop and perfectly match your unique style. 

Reduced file sizes

We're all about making your website zip along at lightning speed. That's why we've significantly cut down the size of our google-fonts.json file. This tweak means that when you're designing you'll get faster font loading and a snappier overall site experience.

Multiple blog authors

Get ready to collaborate like never before! Our update now allows for multiple authors on blog posts. Whether it’s team members, guest bloggers, or a mix of both, managing your blog's voice just became a whole lot easier.

Plus lots more

We've paid extra attention to Umbraco Forms. There's a handy new label in the Umbraco Forms picker that guides you to disable the default stylesheet for seamless integration. And that's not all - we've squashed some bugs like a z-index issue with filter dropdowns and some styling quirks brought on by the latest Umbraco Forms update.

We've also been busy fine-tuning the user interface. Little tweaks here and there, like fixing button margins and making sure underlined link settings play nice in modals, mean a smoother, more polished look for your site. Plus, we've sorted out the Rich Text Editor stylesheet to keep those console errors at bay.

How to access 5.2.0

Upgrading to 5.2.0

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

Install 5.2.0 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 get started

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 5.2.0. 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.

uSkinned Site Builder 5.2 isn't just about adding new bells and whistles; it's about making your experience more enjoyable, flexible, and efficient. We can't wait to see the amazing websites you'll create with these new features.

Stay tuned for even more exciting updates, and have a blast building with uSkinned Site Builder 5.2!

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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