Learn how to Craft

It's safe to say that most websites today are powered by some form of a content management system (CMS). Since our founding, we have seen the rise of the CMS. It began with super-complex enterprise systems like Vignette that required dedicated Sun Netra T1 servers and Oracle databases--all costing hundreds of thousands of dollars. In the early days, content management was for monstrous sites typically associated with news bureaus.

Thankfully, around the turn of the century, young developers seeking ways to manage the content on their own websites created simplified content management systems that were scaled for smaller sites, affordable and required very little in the way of computing power. This era gave birth to a new generation of publishing systems such as Movable Type, pMachine, and b2, which morphed into TypePad, ExpressionEngine, and WordPress respectively. These CMS's fueled a huge expansion of the World Wide Web that that continues today.

As the web evolves, so must the software that enables publishing content to it. We've reached a point where current platforms need to be bent around requirements that never existed before, requiring extensive work-arounds and one-off "duct-tape" solutions. These applications adapt as they can, but sometimes it's best to start over using what we've learned from the past.

This week, Pixel & Tonic released Craft 1.0, and we're pretty excited about it. We've been working with Craft for several months now, and we're impressed with the thinking behind it as well as its execution. That doesn't mean Happy Cog will only develop sites using Craft, but it's now a viable option in our toolkit - one that we have already put to use here with our own website.

Our enthusiasm for this new publishing tool is matched with our commitment to share what we have learned. With that in mind, we're excited to announce that our partner Mijingo has released a new course called, Learning Craft. This 2 1/2 hour course is divided into three easy to download or streaming segments, and covers pretty much everything you need to know to start off on the right foot building websites with Craft.

If you're looking for an evolved method of managing content for websites, we invite you to check out Craft, and fast track your knowledge by purchasing the Mijingo tutorials.