So you've installed Sitecore. now what. In today's tutorial, I'm going to give a brief overview of how you can get started using Sitecore CMS. The first thing you probably care about after running the installer is checking Sitecore is up and running by logging into the editor. On your website simply add in /Sitecore like so www.website.com/sitecore. This should take you to the log-in page.

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Out of the box, you can log into Sitecore using these credentials:

admin/b

Instal Sitecore Instance Manager

After logging in and making sure our site works, the next thing I would recommend is installing the Sitecore instance manager here and upgrade to the latest version. you can also find manual updates.

This tool lets you manage your websites, helpers you upgrade and all sort of useful features. Installing it is pretty easy. Your main options are pointing the manager to where your Sitecore instances live.

sitecore_instance_manager_0

Set your area the instance manager will download the Sitecore installation files to, and the license manager.

sitecore_instance_manager_1

Your SQL admin password so the instance manager can install and backup your Sitecore databases

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Lastly, there's a handy permission checker to make sure your Sitecore instance folder has the Network Service account.

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After the installer has everything up and running, you can now manage your Sitecore instances from the manager!

sitecore_instance_manager

Sitecore Rocks

Install Sitecore Rocks.  This is a great free tool, that will help you build your Sitecore website quicker!