A flexible, responsive, and easy to use Umbraco back-end framework using just 5 document types, 1 master layout and 1 template, developed by Pixel To Code, Umbraco development and support specialists.


Simplismo is Umbraco pared back to its simplest form, for flexibility, ease of understanding and most of all, ease of maintenance. 

Content elements are generic and modular, with a single corresponding view to render their content. Content layout is determined by the placement of items within the content tree. The need for technical know-how, for editors, project managers and developers, is reduced to the absolute minimum.

Using these fundamental concepts, we can cut development time to a fraction of that taken by other methods.

Simplifying Umbraco for Editors and Developers


The basic set of generic, nestable modules that can be copied or moved to anywhere in the content tree.

  • Section
  • Block
  • Article
  • Collection



Page layout is determined by the position of content elements in the content tree, rather than by pre-defined templates.

This gives complete flexibility, shortening development times and giving editors more control over content placement. 

This example uses Bootstrap and a twelve column grid, but any CSS framework can be used.



Content controls allow complex content to be displayed in a user-friendly way.

  • Tabs
  • Accordions
  • Carousels

As with everything in Simplismo, the set of controls can be extended, to media players, data visualisation, interactive graphics, etc. 



A section spans the full width of the page and can contain other content items.

Some blocks

These blocks are styled to stand out better.

Item One

Item Two

Item Three


Blocks span a number of columns, specified individually to allow uneven distribution.

A block

I cover 3 columns

That's one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.

Another block

I cover 6 columns

When I orbited the Earth in a spaceship, I saw for the first time how beautiful our planet is. Mankind, let us preserve and increase this beauty, and not destroy it!

Yet another block

I cover the last 3 columns

Problems look mighty small from 150 miles up.

A block

I cover 4 columns

To be the first to enter the cosmos, to engage, single-handed, in an unprecedented duel with nature—could one dream of anything more?

The dreams of yesterday are the hopes of today and the reality of tomorrow.

Another block

I cover 8 columns

Curious that we spend more time congratulating people who have succeeded than encouraging people who have not.

What was most significant about the lunar voyage was not that man set foot on the Moon but that they set eye on the earth.


Collections contain a list of items of equal width, that may be sorted and paginated.

3 column collection

This is a collection of articles, 3 to a row

Article 1

An Article

For those who have seen the Earth from space, and for the hundreds and perhaps thousands more who will, the experience most certainly changes your perspective.

The things that we share in our world are far more valuable than those which divide us.


Article 2

Another Article

You know, being a test pilot isn't always the healthiest business in the world.

It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn't feel like a giant. I felt very, very small.


Article 3

Yet Another Article

We have an infinite amount to learn both from nature and from each other.

Buy why, some say, the moon? Why choose this as our goal? And they may as well ask why climb the highest mountain?

Page Layout

This site uses just a single page template. Page layout is determined by the position of elements in the content tree.

Editors piece content together, deciding what space the content should take within a grid, and using the standard umbraco content tree to sort, move, copy etc.

The content is displayed on the screen by a single view, which contains a nested call to code that recursively reads the content in the tree. Each item is rendered by the default view associated with the content type, or by an alternative view if specified.



Simplicity is the key but there is no limit to how this model may be extended to suit particular circumstances.

For example, rather than the single page view used in this example, it may be appropriate to add views for pages with a left-hand column sub-menu, or a right-hand column containing promotional links to other pages. 

Complex templates can still be used in appropriate circumstances, where for example, multiple pages have identical layouts, or where it is necessary to limit flexibility in how content can be displayed.