This is a list of frequently asked questions.


Where can I host Umbraco?Edit

The following hosting packages are successfully hosting Umbraco installations.







  • - Individual Webhosting, Several packages (starting with 150 MB Space, 50 MB MSSQL), with ASP.Net 1.1 and 2.0, administration via Plesk



  • CMSPlusHosting - Automatic web installer, instant setup. 4.7 supported and fast!
  • SeekDotNet - has automatic Umbraco install.
  • LunarPages - Running umbraco successfully. For Plesk control panel permissions settings instructions, see: HOW TO: Set umbraco Directory Permissions Using Plesk
  • GoDaddy - Shared Windows (ASP.NET) hosting. Deluxe and Premium plans come with 1 and 2 SQL Server databases. Setup was easy. Make sure to create a database and set Read/Web/Write permissions on the necessary directories before beginning installation.
  • PEAK Internet - Shared Windows hosting. Contact them directly for pricing and conditions.
  • - Provide affordable managed Windows VPS Hosting services to host Umbraco with 100% network uptime, 24x7 customer support via Live Chat, Email, Phone.
  • Gelhost - Top Managed VPS Hosting Company
  • pakistani - Shared Hosting, Reseller Hosting & VPS Hosting Provider


What type of webhosting do I need?Edit

Your hosting package needs to support the following:

  • ASP.NET 1.1 or ASP.NET 2.0 (or later)
  • One of the following database servers
    • Microsoft SQL Server 2000
    • Microsoft SQL Desktop Engine 2000 (MSDE)
    • Microsoft SQL Server 2005
    • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express Edition
    • (or later)

Your hosting provider must support running code under .NET Full Trust. Medium Trust (the standard shared hosting configuration for ASP.NET) support will be provided with Umbraco 4.1 (currently in beta). [This information is out of date as of January 2015]


While the installation process, a 'invalid object name umbracoUser' error occuresEdit

This error may appear, if the web.config-key "umbracoEnableStat" is changed from false to true prior the installation. The key must not be changed to anything else than false until the installation procedure using the wizard is completed.

It seems it is possible that the installation is ready to continue but for some reason does not do so. Try browsing to http://localhost/install and setup might continue (if your installation is in http://localhost)

This error may also appear when umbraco is installed in a virtual directory. When your virtual directory is named myvirtualdir, change the web.config in a way that the keys umbracoReservedPaths and umbracoPath contain the name of the virtual directory, like <add key="umbracoReservedPaths" value="/myvirtualdir/umbraco,/myvirtualdir/install/" /> and <add key="umbracoPath" value="/myvirtualdir/umbraco" />

The above is perhaps misleading, Umbraco does not support being installed in a virtual directory.

After successful installation a 'No node found' error occuresEdit

After successful installation the following error occures:

No node found (http://localhost/default.aspx?umbPage=/default.aspx, '/root/node [@urlName = ""] | /root/node')

This is because there aren't any pages yet. Go to your administration area (, login and create some content first.

Getting StartedEdit

I've installed Umbraco, now what?Edit

There are three screencasts here which will introduce you to the Umbraco UI and how to get started creating Document types and templates.


Email ConfigurationEdit

Where can I configure my SMTP server?Edit

The SMTP server is set in the web.config file which is in the root folder of your Umbraco installation.

You need to set the following key:

<add key="umbracoSmtpServer" value=""/>

How can I change the email address that notifications are sent from?Edit

The sender of notifications is set in the umbracoSettings.xml which is in the config folder under the root of your Umbraco installation.

You need to modify the following section to contain the e-mail address you wish to use as the sender:

	<!-- the email that should be used as from mail when umbraco sends a notification -->

You might also need to change the settings in formHandlers.xml located in the same directory

	<parameter alias="sender"></parameter>

How can I change the text in the Umbraco notifications Email?Edit

The notification Email message is set in the appropriate localised xml file for he language that you are using in the directory umbraco\config\lang under your Umbraco installation directory.

You will need to modify the following section:

<area alias="notifications" version="2.1">
	<key alias="notifications" version="2.1">Notifications</key>
	<key alias="editNotifications" version="2.1">Edit your notification for %0%</key>
	<key alias="mailSubject" version="2.1">[%0%] Notification about %1% performed on %2%</key>
	<key alias="mailBody" version="2.1">
Hello %0%

This is an automated mail to inform you that the task '%1%'
has been performed on the page '%2%'
by the user '%3%'
Go to http://%4%/umbraco/default.aspx?section=content&id=%5% to edit.

Umbraco settingsEdit

How could I set a default 404 error page?Edit

Open /config/umbracoSettings.xml Find the line that says <error404>1</error404> and replace 1 with the id of the page you want to show.

   <!--  the id of the page that should be shown if the page is not found --> 

If you are using IIS7 you have to add the following to web.config;

  <httpErrors existingResponse="PassThrough" />

How could I Use DirectoryUrls?Edit

Why should you enable this? This changes the links to the pages from example to

Open /config/umbracoSettings.xml Find the line that says <umbracoUseDirectoryUrls>false</umbracoUseDirectoryUrls> and replace false with true. It should then be like this


Then you have to let IIS handle all requests.

IIS 6.0 2003 serverEdit

Follow these instructions [1]


How could I display a page with an alternative template?Edit

Just set the 'altTemplate' parameter in the query string to the alias of your desired template. For example

Rich-Text EditorEdit

How do I change the stylesheet that is used in the built-in editor?Edit

You can change the behaviour by adding some editor css to the first stylesheet in the list.

#holderBody {
	background: #fff;

#holder {
	border: 1px solid #ccc;
	padding: 10px;
	margin: 5px;
	text-align: left;

Where can I get help?Edit

Help is available from

 - Umbraco Forum:  
 - Niels Hartvig's Blog :
 - The Umbraco RSS Feed :