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;