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Getting Started with 2sxc

This page should help users who want to do their first baby steps using 2sxc. 

2sxc can do thousands of things and lets you leverage so many cool technologies like AngularJs or NPM that it may feel a bit overwhelming at first. So here we would like to guide you - so you can get started and become productive very, very quickly. 

This page is meant for web designers (people with HTML / CSS skills) who want to create awesome designed web sites and help their editors create awesome content. 

Important notes - read this first!

  1. We linked many of the terms to point to further information - not because you should read it all, but to help you in case you do want to read more about this. 
  2. This getting-started is meant for the Content module and not with the App module. Creating/modifying Apps is something we recommend after you learned to work with  content. 

1. Get to know the editor experience and understand content

Before you start creating something we really recommend that you spend a bit of time using 2sxc. It will help you better understand certain aspects of 2sxc. To do this, we recommend that you create an empty DNN-Portal, install 2sxc and also install the default content-templates and give them a test run. Ideally by the end of this learning-block you'll understand things like:

  1. difference between content (text, images, etc.) and the design (the template)
  2. difference between various field types (like text-single-line, multi-line, wysiwyg, numbers, GPS-coordinates and more)
  3. what a Content-Type is (a set of fields like a Person with 7 fields etc.)
  4. demo-content-items - these which appear when you add the module to show you what the template will look like
  5. adding, editing and deleting modules and content
  6. using 1 content-item or a list (like when adding lists of persons)
  7. when using lists - how to add new items, re-arrange them and more
  8. re-using existing content (to show the same person in another place again)
  9. separation of content from the presentation settings
  10. automatic image cropping and resizing
  11. automatic file (image/document) tracking (when referring to an image as File:17 instead of as /portals/0/...)
  12. how a single content-type (like Person) can have many different ways of being shown (multiple templates)

It may seem so trivial that you may want to skip this step, but you really shouldn't. We often see questions which can be solved with such basic features (like using Presentation-items). Note that this will also help you think in content-management-terms instead of in word-editor-mode