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Upgrading Umbraco 7 to 11: A Seamless Transition for a Better CMS Experience

Hung Nguyen
Hung Nguyen
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Umbraco 7 to 11


The ever-evolving Umbraco, a renowned open-source .NET content management system (CMS), consistently enhances itself with fresh features and advancements. By embracing the latest version, you not only gain access to state-of-the-art capabilities but also guarantee the durability and safety of your website. This blog post delves into the upgrade process from Umbraco 7 to 11. Since Umbraco 7 has reached its End-of-Life (EOL) stage as of September 30, 2023, it becomes essential to begin planning for an upgrade at this point.

Understanding the Upgrade Process

Before diving into the upgrade, it’s essential to gain an understanding of the differences and new features introduced in Umbraco 11. We recommend reading “Umbraco 11 Breaking Changes: A Comprehensive Overview” to familiarize yourself with the enhancements.

Preparing for the Upgrade

Ensure your server meets the system requirements for Umbraco 11, including the supported .NET version and SQL Server compatibility. Additionally, verify that all installed packages are compatible with Umbraco 11.

Backing up Your Umbraco 7 Installation

Before proceeding with the upgrade, create a complete backup of your Umbraco 7 installation, including website files and the database. This backup ensures a restore point if any unforeseen issues arise during the upgrade process.

Analyzing Customizations and Packages

Review any customizations, modifications, and packages utilized in your Umbraco 7 installation. Take note of code changes, templates, and package versions. This analysis helps identify potential compatibility issues that may arise during the upgrade.

Performing a Test Upgrade

Before upgrading your live environment, it’s advisable to perform a test upgrade on a separate environment that mirrors your production setup. This step allows you to identify and address any issues before proceeding.

Addressing Compatibility Issues

During the test upgrade, closely monitor for any compatibility issues with customizations, packages, or templates. Identify adjustments or updates required for seamless integration with Umbraco 11. Consult package developers and refer to the official Umbraco documentation for assistance.

Upgrading to Umbraco 11

Once you’ve addressed compatibility issues, proceed with the actual upgrade. The official Umbraco documentation on upgrading provides detailed instructions, considerations, and best practices for upgrading from Umbraco 7 to 11. Follow the documented steps carefully to ensure a smooth transition.

Based on NashTech’s experience, the most challenging aspect lies in upgrading from Umbraco 8 to Umbraco 9, mainly due to the significant shift from .NET Framework to .NET 5. Be prepared to address potential complexities during this particular upgrade.

Post-Upgrade Tasks

After upgrading, thoroughly test your Umbraco 11 installation to ensure all functionality and features are working as expected. Test the frontend, backend, and any custom functionality. Additionally, review and update any deprecated or obsolete code or configurations affected by the upgrade.


Upgrading from Umbraco 7 to 11 empowers you with enhanced CMS capabilities and improvements. By adhering to the provided step-by-step instructions and consulting the official Umbraco documentation, you can effectively enhance your Umbraco installation and fully utilize the new features and improvements introduced in Umbraco 11. Maintain an active approach, document your advancements, and seek support from the Umbraco community whenever necessary. With a successful upgrade, your website powered by Umbraco will stay current and optimized for upcoming developments.

If you’re encountering difficulties with upgrading your Umbraco version and require professional Umbraco web development services for your business, we recommend contacting NashTech.

NashTech is a certified Umbraco gold partner offering flexible Umbraco web development services tailored to businesses of all sizes. Our comprehensive range of services includes:

  • Umbraco web build
  • Customized enterprise-level Umbraco solutions
  • Umbraco migration and upgrades
  • Umbraco maintenance and support
  • Umbraco integration for e-commerce and more.

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Hung Nguyen

Hung Nguyen

Hung, who serves as an Engineering Manager at NashTech, possesses an extensive background in software development spanning more than 20 years, primarily focused on .NET development. His journey with .NET began in 2002 with the advent of .NET Framework 1.0. Presently, his areas of keen interest encompass .NET, Microservices, CMS, and eCommerce.

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