Sitecore resources to get you started

Traditionally, Sitecore hasn’t been the easiest CMS to get into if you’re not working for a partner or with a client that has a Sitecore license already. Without a license, Sitecore won’t run and you’ll get a YSOD error screen. Also, getting the Sitecore CMS software isn’t the easiest either, as you need access to the¬†dev.sitecore.net¬†website, which you get credentials for after completing Sitecore training (or completing the developer training).

That said, here are some resources to get going with:

  • Sitecore developer website – this is where you can download the software, with links to official documentation
  • Sitecore developer license – you can get a temporary 60-day license here, with one renewal, to help you get into the software
  • Sitecore Slack – a Slack devoted to Sitecore, with many channels for specializations; the link provides a form to request access
  • Sitecore StackExchange – a community Q&A frequented by many developers and Sitecore MVPs
  • Sitecore Helix – a set of development principles being adopted by many Sitecore developers

I’m not including any tools like Glass or Unicorn, since using those are driven more by a developer’s choice, or the team’s choice, or even a client’s choice. I have my preferences, or things I want to learn, but your mileage may vary as you get into things.

Anything else from a ground-up learning department? Please leave them in the comments!

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