What sort of things do you really need?
For me, this blog post represents the start of a new and interesting journey. Those who know me will understand that until recently (very recently) I have always hated programming of any kind. I'm Tech Support, the fix-it guy, the one who you call when things are broken, right? That's what I'm good at, and that's what I love.
Recently an opportunity came along where I was able to sit down and learn at my own pace, so begrudgingly I got started. And, guess what? It's actually really easy and really addictive. Within a week, doing just an hour or so a day, I had many of the basic concepts tucked away in my mind. The key was a teacher who started at the start, explained everything in easy terms, and built on what I had learned the previous day. I think this could be the start of something good.
The Next Step
Now for the big question - what's involved? For me, lots of coding. For you - hopefully, a way to better understand your website, and just how easy it can be to maintain it. This series of blogs will look at that in detail, from a beginner's point of view. Why a beginner? Because I've learned that it's not just code, there is a thought process involved in web development that moves people from struggling with all the learning and typing code to being able to update the content - the stuff that people actually read - on your website in a few moments. This lets people like you get on with the job of running a business. After all, that's what it's all about. A few minutes on technology, and the rest of the day doing what really matters.
Content Mangement - what's that all about?
So, as you journey along with me, you're probably going to hear about HTML, CSS but what I really want to focus on is something that I have found to be huge - CMS. That's a Content Management System, and if you need a website that you can "just use" without ringing programmers for updates, or struggling with code, then a CMS is exactly what you want. This series of blog posts is all about demystifying your website and finding direction so that you or any of your staff can make those important updates in minutes.
Over the next few posts, I'm going to be sharing about Umbraco - which is the free CMS that we use, and how you can benefit from it. So even if you have never heard of these terms, come along for the ride -and get a beginner’s view of how this all works to make your online presence simple for you, your organization and the people who use your site.
And I promise - there will be nothing too technical!
Let's get started!
Up Next - just what is "Umbraco"?