Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Tutorial: Creating a Sitecore 8 Website Part 1 - Introduction

Introduction

Sitecore is arguably the most powerful CMS available on the market today. The amount of features available out of the box allow it to be used to create sophisticated web sites that not only deliver simple content but learn about users and deliver the right content at the right time (and so much more). For a new user Sitecore can seem confusing at first (mainly due to the high level of customization available), the aim of this tutorial series is to begin at the basics and get a simple website working in Sitecore 8.

At the end of this series you will have a Sitecore 8 web site with the following features:
  • Custom layout, sublayouts and templates
  • Content pages/custom objects (displayed as pages) with a hierarchical structure
  • Navigation (with opt-out at the item level)

Initial steps

  1. The first step is to install a clean version of Sitecore 8. This will require the Sitecore installation file, a Sitecore license and database (SQL Server or Oracle). 
  2. The second step is to create a visual studio solution to use for this website. You can follow the instruction on my previous post: Sitecore setting up a visual studio solution or download a zip of the solution here.

The website

To keep it simple this tutorial will be creating a web site for a simple travel agency. It will include generic content pages with information about the company and the services they offer (about, contact etc.), along with a custom destination item which uses a custom template/layout in Sitecore to showcase the various destinations which the agency offers travel to.

Tutorial contents

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