So having decided that Umbraco is good, you want to get started with your own site.
You may be veteran .NET developer, a content creator, a website owner, template designer, complete beginner or have inherited an Umbraco site by chance....
Most likely you'll be after one or more of the following:
- Training in Umbraco
- Finding developers for Umbraco
- Starting an Umbraco website
- Building custom things for Umbraco
Training in Umbraco
To dive right in there is a technical tutorial at our.umbraco.org, or for non-developers there are alternative tutorials at uquickstart.com.
For quality paid training videos you can get started at http://umbraco.tv/
For more traditional formal training look no further than the main Umbraco site, where you can work towards becoming a Certified Professional, Certified Expert and Certified Master!
Finding Umbraco Developers
The easiest place to find developers is in an online community such as https://our.umbraco.org/
If you want to find Umbraco developers you can start with certified developers at Umbraco.com
Or there may be some gathered at a user group nearby, such as My local Bristol Group/. If such a group exists it might be found on sites such as meetup.com, LinkedIn or even Facebook!
For more extreme measures try an Umbraco Conference such as CodeGarden in Denmark, Umbraco UK Fest in London or UWestFest in the USA.
Starting an Umbraco Website
The traditional way to start an Umbraco site is to download it, which you can use to get you installed in a variety of ways. I quite like using a NuGet package.
If you prefer to be cutting edge then you can shun a conventional site with Umbraco Cloud, allowing others to manage things like upgrades and deployment. This may be more expensive though.
If you would prefer the more traditional route but also want someone else to set it up for you there are several hosting companies that offer this. I use hostinguk.net and a search for "umbraco hosting" will turn up more options.
For creating your actual site the quickest way is to use one of the "Starter Kits" and use a theme created by someone else.
You can pay other people for themes. Uskinned.net is one such option.
Building Custom Things for Umbraco
Once you start talking about customising Umbraco then it gets a bit more complex.
You can customise an Umbraco site with Packages or use technical knowledge to build your own Package and use that.
Using the training (mentioned earlier) you could build custom templates, skins and extend Umbraco in all sorts of recommended and not recommended ways.
Our last offering is a tutorial for creating a custom template with MVC for Umbraco 7
Enough for Now
So hopefully this is enough to give you somewhere to start. Contact me if you have any more ideas!