Install Umbraco for Windows

Umbraco is an open source ASP.NET-based content management system, with a beautiful, user-friendly interface, full support for your own .NET controls, and no limits to your designs. With an integrated WYSIWYG editor and full support for web standards, this fully stocked application will make designing and managing websites a joy. Check out all the great things being created by the Umbraco Community on the Microsoft Web Platform.

The Microsoft Web Platform Installer will download any pre-requisites and then install WebMatrix with Umbraco for you. Just click Install and we’ll handle the rest.

Install Umbraco

Get Started with Umbraco and WebMatrix

Microsoft WebMatrix makes it easy for anyone to create a Umbraco site. Umbraco available from the Web Application Gallery is fully tested to run on WebMatrix. Customize your site easily and then publish it on the internet from a wide choice of hosting service providers.




  • WebMatrix makes creating a Umbraco site easy. WebMatrix will download, install and configure the latest version of Umbraco for you automatically.
  • WebMatrix provides everything you need including the web server, database, and ASP.NET, including the new Razor Syntax and Helpers in WebMatrix.
  • By using the same stack on your development desktop that you’ll use on the server that hosts your clients’ site, the process of going live is painless and worry free.
  • WebMatrix lets you customize your Umbraco site. The lightweight editor supports HTML, CSS and ASP.NET and makes you more productive with features such as color coding and tag completion.
  • WebMatrix provides editing capabilities for your SQL Server database allowing you to modify your schema or edit data directly if needed.
  • WebMatrix provides a Search Engine Optimization (SEO) report that crawls your local site. WebMatrix and gives you specific feedback to ensure your site is easily indexed by all the major search engines.
  • WebMatrix makes it easy to publish your site to a hosted server. WebMatrix supports the standard FTP and Secure FTP protocols as well as Microsoft’s WebDeploy protocol.
  • WebDeploy makes publishing even easier by automatically configuring your server first as well as smartly deploying only the files that have changed for any updates. WebDeploy can even synch your development machine with your live site.
  • WebMatrix includes a Hosting Gallery with great offers for hosting on Windows. Get the best deals for hosting Umbraco on Windows right inside WebMatrix itself.


New to Umbraco?

If you are new to Umbraco and you have questions visit the forums for Umbraco. There, you’ll find potential solutions, post questions, and connect directly with the folks who know and are always ready to help.


Have questions on WebMatrix or need assistance?

If you have questions on running Umbraco with WebMatrix or are having trouble visit the WebMatrix Forums and connect directly with the community of users using WebMatrix and the Microsoft engineers who created it. We’re always on and ready to help.

Umbraco and WebsiteSpark

Umbraco WebsiteSpark Partner

Interested in running Umbraco on Windows? WebsiteSpark from Microsoft gives software, support, and new leads to Web Developers and Designers. Through WebsiteSpark you’ll get:

Software and solutions: Multiple licenses are available for Microsoft development tools, Web platform technologies, server products, including: Visual Studio®, Expression®, SQL Server®, and Windows Server®.

A new business pipeline: Increase your visibility to customers with a profile in the Partner Catalog. Opt in to lead generating campaigns and connect with businesses that need web development and design services.

Training and support: Access Microsoft technical support professionals and receive offers and discounts from Network and Hosting Partners to help your company run more efficiently.

Getting started is easy. Just click on the Register Now button

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Umbraco and Hosting Service Providers

Great Deals for Umbraco Hosting

The Microsoft Web Hosting Gallery makes it easy to find the best deals for Web Hosting on the Microsoft Web Platform. Compare and filter on price, location, features, consumer ratings and more to find a package just right for your needs. Select from the wide variety of packages available—from shared to virtual machines or dedicated servers; there is something for everyone and an offer for every need.

The expansive network of Microsoft hosting services provider partners enables you to grow your business on Umbraco. The Microsoft Web Hosting Gallery’s “Spotlight Offer” feature also ensures that you will be able to easily find the offers that are running the latest versions of Microsoft software.

Check out some of our great offers for Umbraco users now.

Hoster Gallery

Umbraco Tutorials

Microsoft is working with the Umbraco community to create beginner and advanced tutorials on running Umbraco on the Microsoft Web Platform. Take a look at this growing list of tutorials to get great how-to information on making Umbraco even better on Windows.

All tutorials

Installing, Configuring and Publishing Your Umbraco Site with WebMatrix

Windows Live Writer

Windows Live Writer for Umbraco

Create content easily online or offline. Writer makes it easy to author rich content including seamless integration of photos and videos on Umbraco. With Writer, you can preview everything you’re adding to your website, to see how the fonts, spacing, colors, and images will look, before you publish.