What is Sitecore?
Sitecore is a leading digital experience software used by organisations globally to create seamless, personalised digital experiences. Sitecore is an integrated platform powered by .net CMS, commerce and digital marketing tools. Sitecore’s key product is the Sitecore Experience Platform (XP) which combines their powerful content management system (CMS) Sitecore Experience Manager and Sitecore Experience Database (xDB).
What is Sitecore platform?
The Sitecore Experience Platform provides comprehensive digital marketing tools, a holistic view of customer data, and machine learning-generated insights to personalize experiences across channels.
What is a CMS website?
A web content management system is a software content management system specifically for web content. It provides website authoring, collaboration, and administration tools that help users with little knowledge of web programming languages or markup languages create and manage website content.
What language is Sitecore written in?
Sitecore uses either ASP.NET Web Forms or ASP.NET MVC to generate the final HTML pages. This means developers can use any programming language of the .NET Framework. C# is one of the most popular with VB.NET but any other .NET Framework language like F# can be used.
How to Get Free Trial License?
Sitecore launched a 60 Day trial license for developer to
- New to Sitecore and want to make their hands dirty on Sitecore Development.
- Freelancers who are currently not on any project.
- Developers who are not allowed to use the Client’s license on personal machine for self study.
The demo license can be availed here.
How to install Sitecore?
Installing a Sitecore Instance Manager
- Download the Sitecore Instance Manager from the Marketplace:
Download from Marketplace .
- Unzip the instance manager anywhere on your machine – e.g. D:\Sitecore\Tools\SIM\ .
- Run SIM.Tool.exe .
- Before you can use SIM to install Sitecore instances,you have to configure 4 settings.
- Instances root folder is the folder that contains your Sitecore sites – e.g. C:\Inetpub\wwwroot\.
- SQL server connection string is the connection string for your instance of SQL – remember, for Sitecore 7, you require SQL 2008 R2 SP1 or above.
- Sitecore License File is a link to a valid Sitecore license (an .xml file) .
- Local repository is a folder with Sitecore .zip files – e.g. sitecore 7.0 rev. 140120.zip; when you install a new instance, you pick what to install from this local folder .
Installing a blank instance of Sitecore using SIM
- You will have downloaded a .zip file called Sitecore 8.0 rev. 150621.zip – drop this .zip file into the folder you specified as your SIM local repository folder (in the example above, it’s C:\Sitecore)
- First Close and then Open Sitecore Instance Manager (SIM)
- Click “Install Instance”:
- Fill the instance details in as follows – it’s important that you name instance BasicSitecore:
5. Click next, next, next and install – do not to choose any modules or additional packages.
6. Wait for the instance to install
7. Open http://BasicSitecore – you should see the website below:
8. Go to http://BasicSitecore/sitecore
9. Type admin into the Username field and b into the Password field, and click the Login button
10. If you see either the Sitecore Desktop, Content Editor or Experience Editor, the installation has been successful: