Owain is an Umbraco MVP, an Umbraco certified master and works on Umbraco projects on a daily basis. When not coding, he enjoys running, spending time with his wife and building lego!
Another Monday and another great big welcome to my latest entry to the Community Corner. I'm loving meeting all these great people and I hope you are too.
If you would like to feature in the Community Corner, all you have to do is get in touch either via the contact page or on Twitter. The only requirement just now is that you have only been using Umbraco for approx. 1 year.
So, please put your hands together and give a massive Umbraco welcome to......
Name: Karl Butler
Occupation: Apprentice Developer
Twitter Handle: @KarlButler01
How long have you been using Umbraco? Around 2 Months
Introduce yourself to the Umbraco Community:
My name is Karl, I am 18 years old and have just recently finished college where I studied
Computing, Physics and Maths. After my exams I joined Carbon Six Digital, where I currently
work as an Apprentice Developer making alterations to and creating Umbraco Sites.
Since secondary school I’ve had a passion for coding and worked with HTML, CSS and Java.
Upon starting the apprenticeship I had no prior knowledge of Umbraco or the C# ASP.net MVC
framework that sits below it, but after a couple of months of training I’m starting to get to grips
with the different aspects of these.
What are you currently doing with Umbraco?
Currently I’m working on an internal project website in Umbraco that is used to promote services
offered. The site was initially a basic shell, with more complex features being added as I progress
through the build, for example integrating APIs and Umbraco Forms to allow members using the
site to create bookings and pay for the services through this.
Why are you using Umbraco?
Carbon Six Digital are Umbraco Gold Partners and have been for over 5 years, so this has
helped the transition from having no experience. I’m amazed by the vast array of features
available from Umbraco and how well laid out these are. It has been a huge help to progress my
When I say ‘Umbraco Community’ what first comes to mind?
When I first started learning Umbraco, I was pleasantly surprised by the scale of support that is
out there regarding issues and tutorials surrounding Umbraco Development. When I was running
into issues, I was able to look at documentation and forums available and use these to fix the
issues I was having. As a beginner it was nice to see documentation that could easily be followed
and understood, unlike most documentation these days where you need years of knowledge to
have the slightest idea of its content.
What would you like to see more of in the Umbraco Community ?
The current documentation is excellent and has assisted me many times when I’ve found myself
stuck but I feel sometimes there is so many different solutions out there in the forums, blog post
etc that it can be somewhat overwhelming for beginners like myself to know where to start. It
would be nice if the solutions for different Umbraco versions could be grouped in an official area
on the our.Umbraco site for everyone to access.
If there was one question you’d like to ask the Umbraco Community, what would it be ?
For someone who is new to Umbraco, what would be the best piece of advice you could give
Is there anything you found difficult when you first started using Umbraco?
I went through the Umbraco TV training when I first started and this was a great stepping stone
to start familiarising myself with what Umbraco had to offer and ways to implement these
features. Once I was comfortable with the content I was going away and implementing this in a
practice site using the documentation and the startup site as references to make the whole
process less overwhelming.
I experienced various issues along the way and a lot of YSODs as expected, but was able to
resolve these with a bit of research and talking with my colleagues. It was a relief to see other
people had experienced similar issues and it made the learning process easier.
After the Tiffany's post about her band last week, I thought it would be good to find out what your favourite album is to listen to when working on Umbraco projects.
Umm thats a tough one, I don't tend to listen to a specific album just a mix of everything really. If I had to pick one I think it would be Post Malone- Beerbongs & Bentleys seems to be my go to over the last few months.
Anything else you’d like to say?
Carbon Six hold a Surrey Umbraco Meetup every quarter to discuss all things Umbraco with
various speakers. So if you are interested feel free to contact @Carbon6Digital on Twitter to find
out more information, it would be great to meetup with fellow Umbraco users.