uSkinned Site Builder for Umbraco 11 is here!
We're delighted to announce the immediate release of uSkinned Site Builder (v4) for Umbraco version 11.
As such, uSkinned Site Builder (v4) is now a .NET 7 package for Umbraco 11 — the only Site Builder available on the market!
Here's a brief rundown of what you can expect with uSkinned Site Builder for Umbraco version 11:
An award-winning experience
The underlying code may have changed a little but you'll still get an award-winning experience with Site Builder version 4. This means that everything will be instantly familiar when you install or upgrade.
Now 100% .NET 7
uSkinned Site Builder for Umbraco 11 is now built for .NET 7.
One of the big benefits of the latest release of the framework is that we get to inherit a very long list of performance improvements. Partner Software Engineer at Microsoft, Stephen Toub said:
TL;DR: .NET 7 is fast. Really fast. A thousand performance-impacting PRs went into runtime and core libraries this release, never mind all the improvements in ASP.NET Core and Windows Forms and Entity Framework and beyond. It’s the fastest .NET ever. If your manager asks you why your project should upgrade to .NET 7, you can say in addition to all the new functionality in the release, .NET 7 is super fast.
You can read the full scope of the performance enhancements here.
New Site Builder features
In addition to all of the NET 7 benefits, Site Builder 4 comes with some awesome new features of its own.
Color Palette presets
When you create or edit a theme design, you can now set reusable palette presets that allow you to quickly define your brand. Rather than copying each color hex code, when you define a palette preset at the top, each color will be stored and available within the color picker.
Google Fonts library update
Site Builder 4.0.0 now has 1,475 fonts available to use directly from Google.
So between our Google Fonts and Adobe Fonts integrations, there are now around 21,475 fonts available out of the box.
Get started today
With Umbraco 11, users should install directly using NuGet. You can now find uSkinned Site Builder as a package on both NuGet and Umbraco Marketplace. You can follow the steps below to get started.
Download and install Umbraco 11 with uSkinned Site Builder via NuGet
Run this snippet in the command line:
# Ensure we have the latest Umbraco templates dotnet new -i Umbraco.Templates # Create solution/project dotnet new sln --name "MySolution" dotnet new umbraco -n "MyProject" --friendly-name "Administrator" --email "firstname.lastname@example.org" --password "1234567890" --development-database-type SQLite dotnet sln add "MyProject" #Add Packages dotnet add "MyProject" package uSkinnedSiteBuilder dotnet run --project "MyProject" #Running
You will now have uSkinned Site Builder for Umbraco 11 successfully installed and running on your local machine with an SQLite database.
The above code snippet was generated using the Package Script Writer created by Paul Seal from Codeshare.
Upgrade from Site Builder V3 to V4
If you're already running uSkinned Site Builder 3.x for Umbraco 10.x then that's no problem at all, we've got the perfect guides to help you upgrade to the latest version.
As with the previous versions, uSkinned Site Builder is still a licensed product. This means that to run in full you will need to purchase a domain license from our website.
To activate your uSkinned Site Builder license, go to the uSkinned Member's Portal. Go to licenses to create and download your license, if you do not have any available licenses then you will need to purchase a license before you can get up and running.
Activate your license
Please download your license file and add the file to the ~/umbraco/Licenses directory of your Umbraco installation.
Once you've downloaded and added your license file to the correct directory location, please restart your application and then log in to the CMS.
If everything has been installed correctly then you will see a valid license message and version numbers of both Site Builder and Umbraco on your dashboard.
How to buy a license
Head over to our pricing page and choose the best plan for you.
If you are already using Site Builder then login to the uSkinned Members Portal now to download.
Sign up for our no-obligation, Microsoft Azure-hosted free trial of uSkinned Site Builder.
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About the author
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.