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CONTRIBUTING: Filip Bruun Bech-Larsen on Umbraco

Leading up to (and during) the month of October, we want to help you discover open source projects to work on, and put your Hacktoberfest contributions to excellent use. Meet Filip Bruun Bech-Larsen program manager of Umbraco.

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Hi I'm Filip program manager of Umbraco CMS. We're a CMS that known and loved for its flexibility and great user experience.

What can you tell us about your project?
We're the most popular open source CMS on the .Net stack. We have more than 500,000 active installs and we have about 500 contributors already on GitHub. Since we moved the project to GitHub a couple years ago we have more than 6000 PRs already. So, you can say we're a professionally managed open source project.
We have our own company behind but but the main project is open source and free for all to use and to contribute to.

What contributions are you welcoming?
We're welcoming tons of contributions in many different areas. We are migrating the product to .Net Core as we speak and we're looking for contributions in that. We have issues on GitHub marked as up for grabs and Good first issues.
For the stability of the migration to be successful we're also investing heavily in tests so we're migrating all our tests also and also adding more and more cypress acceptance tests. We are really looking for help on that as well.
If you're not a developer maybe you can help us writing documentation. There's a separate repository for that on GitHub.
Also, if you just want to try out the product and give us your feedback that's very valuable as well. Let us know what doesn't feel intuitive to you and what would you think were different and what would you like us to be.

This year we are doing our own hacktoberfest along with oktoberfest so if you contribute to the Umbraco project, to our docs or to any of our community packages, you will actually get a little extra prize from us.

What skills do people need to contribute?
If you're a developer our our back office is written in .Net so it's the Microsoft stack and that's the toolkit you'll need for that.
The front end is a Single Page Application (SPA), so, you'll need to write JavaScript to contribute to that.

Also, as I mentioned earlier, we really want contributions for our docs or feedback on the product in general.

How do I get started?
We've set a little startup guide on our website so if you go to There's a whole getting started guide or if you prefer you can just go directly to our repository on GitHub.
Thanks so much for contributing to Umbraco and we look forward to receiving your Prs.

Filip Bruun-Bech Larsen

Join, October 2nd, for - a virtual Hacktoberfest meetup, free and open for anyone who wants to join. Learn what Open Source projects are looking for contributions, which communities are looking for new members, and who is looking for advice from someone with your exact skill set. Check this page regularly for more interviews with contributors & maintainers which we'll release until the event.

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