People have been asking me for years, to write a SDL Tridion for Dummies book. With the release of SDL Tridion 2013 SP1, our documentation features two new getting started guides (Quick Guide to creating a Page Template and Quick Guide to creating a Component Template, note, the documentation requires login, see here for how to get the login details), and these can be seen as two chapters of a For Dummies book.
Now, while these two new quick guides are a revolutionary step forward for people who are completely new to SDL Tridion, I am still missing the explanation behind them. The guides explain you step by step what you need to do to create your first Page/Component Template based on an HTML design, but afterwards you still might not have a clue about what you actually did (or why you needed to do it).
So let me ask you, do you really need a SDL Tridion for Dummies book – the complete edition – taking it one step further than the documentation?
Please leave a comment on this blog post with your answer, and let me explain a bit what I had in mind myself. We would first of all need an achievable goal. I would propose to build a microsite, something not too big, but still a complete site. I have available a responsive HTML5 design with parallax scrolling, it is based on Cool Kitten, made by Jalxob. I placed all the files for this design in a downloadable file: microsite.zip.
To get started you will need to upload the design into your CMS, for that you can follow steps 1 and 2 of the Quick Guide to creating a Page Template. But rather than just following the quick guide, I think it makes sense to do a few things differently, and add some explanation on what you actually did in those steps. From there on it will get more complicated, we will need to divide the design into a Page Template and several Component Templates and write some actual C# Template Building Blocks to make the whole thing work for us the way we want it. Next we will also need to do some Schema design, and all of that needs to be described and explained, in a For Dummies style.
Obviously that is not all simply going to fit in a single blog post, so if there is enthusiasm for such a series, I might be persuaded into writing at least some of the chapters of this series. My proposal is simple, first comment on this blog post letting me know if you need such a guide, additionally you can comment letting me know you want to help writing it.
If it turns out that this is no longer required (since the getting started guides in the documentation already provide you with enough information to really get started), then I can always just simply release the finished microsite as a set of Schemas and Templates. That will for me be a lot less work than writing a complete For Dummies guide, but for a starter in SDL Tridion it might be too complex to comprehend.
So let me know, what is it that you (the community) require and would like?