So I finally got around to upgrading my blog to the latest Umbraco!... 7.5.0 beta was announced at Codegarden and I had a play with it but waiting on upgrading until it was a full release (and then a wee bit more because I am lazy).
It was a straightforward release from 7.4.3 to 7.5.3 and I just followed the upgrade guide(https://our.umbraco.org/Documentation/Getting-Started/Setup/Upgrading/general). Basically, I upgraded the NuGet Package and then followed the upgrade page on the site.
Here are some of the new cool features:
301 redirect management
I recently mentioned this to the SEO team at work and they were very happy that this would come as default on Umbraco sites > 7.5.0, they work hard to ensure certain URLs are indexed, then content populators go changing the URL.
This feature will make redirect any old node name/ URL to the new one. For example if I had a /hello node then changed it to /hiya. Then carolelogan.net/hello would redirect to carolelogan.net/hiya.
Health check dashboard
This is a cool addition! How many times have we said “It works on my machine”?! This feature gives us place where we can check configurations on that specific instance of the site. Checks included from install are ensuring SMTP is set up, custom errors re enabled, https setup and more. This will be particularly useful when the site is hosted on an environment you don’t have access to the servers to check these things yourself.
We can also create our own custom checks for something specific to our own sites… I can’t think of anything yet but I ran through the example given for a robots.txt file checker provided in the Umbraco docs: https://our.umbraco.org/Documentation/Extending/Healthcheck/, it was easy to follow and the new healthcheck shows in the dashboard.
Password recovery for backoffice
So simple, yet so useful. No more unnecessary requests for a password reset from users!
Packages installer UI update
If you have ever installed a package in a version of Umbraco pre 7.5.0 you will understand why this is such a welcome change! This has been updated to be an easier and less scary experience (I always felt like I was about to break something!).
Here is the full list of items in this release: https://umbraco.com/follow-us/blog-archive/2016/8/17/umbraco-750-helpful-faster-and-easier/