With a db table and a petapoco poco in place you'll have a couple of steps to follow. Important: your table must have a primary key column (and your poco must mark it with the PrimaryKeyColumn attribute)

Decorate your class with the UIOMatic attribute

In order for UI-O-Matic to pick up your poco you'll have to mark it with the UIOMatic attribute


The UIOMatic attribute has a contructor with 3 parameters

  • Alias gives the type an easily referenceable name for lookups by UI-O-Matic
  • Folder name is displayed in the content tree and list view title (should be plural form)
  • Item name is displayed in the editor view titles (should be singular form)

You can also specify additional parameters

  • FolderIcon used for the main tree node
  • ItemIcon used for the tree item nodes
  • ParentAlias, if you wish this type to appear inside a folder then this should be set to the folders alias
  • ConnectionStringName, if you wish to use a different db then the current Umbraco one
  • RenderType, if you wish to render the items in a listview or in the tree
  • SortColumn, the default sort column
  • SortOrder, the order of the sord (asc or desc)
  • ReadOnly, setting this to true will remove create/update/delete options
  • Order, sets the order in which this item should appear in the tree
  • ShowOnSummaryDashboard, if you wish to show the count of items on the summary dashboard
  • ListViewActions, actions that will be available on the list view

Decorate properties with the UIOMaticField attribute

All fields you wish to be editable by UI-O-Matic must be decorated with the UIOMaticField attribute like so.


You can also specify additional parameters

  • Name, name of the field (will be shown as the label for the field)
  • Description, description of the field
  • IsNameField, sets whether the given field should be treated as the name field and be displayed in the header section
  • Tab, sets which tab this property should appear on
  • TabOrder, sets the order of the tab in the tabs collection
  • Order, sets the order in which this field will be displayed

Optionally it's also possible to specify a view

[UIOMaticField(View = UIOMatic.Constants.FieldEditors.File)]

There are a couple out of the box views you can use

  • checkbox
  • checkboxlist (needs config)
  • date
  • datetime
  • datetimeoffset
  • dropdown (needs config)
  • file
  • list (needs config)
  • label
  • map (needs config)
  • number
  • password
  • pickers.content
  • pickers.member
  • pickers.user
  • pickers.users
  • radiobuttonlist (needs config)
  • rte
  • textarea
  • textfield

Besides the out of the box ones you can also use a completely custom one

[UIOMaticField(View = "~/App_Plugins/Example/picker.person.html")]


UIOMatic will validate using the standard .net data annotation, so you can just decorate your properties with those.

public string FirstName { get; set; }

Override the ToString method

UI-O-Matic will call the ToString method when it tries to fetch the tree item names, so make sure to override that one.

public override string ToString()
    return FirstName + " " + LastName;

Complete example

Here is a complete example that puts the different bits together.

[UIOMatic("people", "People", "Person", FolderIcon = "icon-users", ItemIcon = "icon-user")]
public class Person
    [PrimaryKeyColumn(AutoIncrement = true)]
    public int Id { get; set; }

    [UIOMaticField(Name="First name", Description="Enter your firstname")]
    public string FirstName { get; set; }

    [UIOMaticField(Name="Last name", Description="Enter your lastname")]
    public string LastName { get; set; }

    [UIOMaticField(Name = "Picture", Description="Please select a picture",View =  UIOMatic.Constants.FieldEditors.File)]
    public string Picture { get; set; }

    public override string ToString()
        return FirstName + " " + LastName;