Understanding Kentico platform

Kim Driggers asked on September 8, 2016 15:30

We have been using Kentico since April 2016 and are now at version 8.2. We have taken the Content Admin, Developer Essentials, and Advanced Developer training courses. We 're wanting to know what the next step would be to gain a deeper understanding of the Kentico platform in order to begin customizing and developing.

The online documentation gives general information but doesn't provide many how - to scenarios. The developer network provides some information but it is sometimes hit or miss. Any suggestions?

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Development Support answered on September 8, 2016 17:57

I'll also add that understanding the database structure with the tables can help you understand how Kentico works, and how you can leverage the API best. The Developer sections of the documentation outline how to customize the various aspects as well.

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Brenden Kehren answered on September 8, 2016 16:38

Hi Kim,

A few things which come to mind are:

The last 2 options in my opinion are last resorts but the others are very viable solutions.

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Kim Driggers answered on September 8, 2016 18:06

Thank you. This gives me something to focus on..learning the Kentico database structure. From there, learning how to work with it.

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Chetan Sharma answered on September 9, 2016 10:54

Hi Kim,

This is how I learned Kentico and made others learn the Kentico system. I have taken Kentico training myself. I think Kentico's training is great if you are already aware of the system somewhat. I have felt that their training fails to connect dots how different components of the system works. How everything comes together to make sense. I have trained many people in Kentico with prior or no prior training. I think the only reason I was successful in helping them understand was to structure my training in a way that could overcome frustrations I had with official training. In all these training people made a tremendous turn around after five days, and everything started making sense to them.

  1. Read the documentation as deeply as possible. There is an example out there to what you want to achieve.
  2. Reach out for answers on Devnet. We have wonderful contributors here who are willing to help you sail through. Of course, Brenden Kehren should be the first name that comes to my mind.
  3. Fail fast often fail often experimenting.
  4. Reach out to support at kentico.com

Wish you luck on your journey

Cheers, Chetan

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Kim Driggers answered on September 9, 2016 14:21

Thank you everyone. This is exactly what I needed. I was starting to think it was just me being frustrated but it helps to see that others had that same level of frustration.

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Brenden Kehren answered on September 9, 2016 19:19

The official training (all of it from content to developer) shows how to use the the basics of content entry to the more advanced content editor portions. It also shows the standard development practices within the Kentico UI as well as some of the more advanced examples of what could possibly be done with some custom code.

Yes there is not a lot of examples for things you or others may think are basic tasks but if you really think about them, they are specific to your own site. In the time I've worked with Kentico, documentation has been significantly improved and Kudos to Kentico for this. If you're looking for something specific, you might need to Google around or as others have suggested, read the documentation more in depth to get specifically what you need.

Kentico won't provide specific examples on how to implement a slider or how to fully create a custom payment provider or how to implement a custom tax provider because once you get in past creating the standard boilerplate code, it gets very specific to the plugin or 3rd party provider you're using.

So maybe instead of being frustrated, document out what you need from a user perspective or high level and then research what Kentico has to help you accomplish this. Using the system more and more will only help you become more familiar with it. I've been using Kentico since 2008 and still learning new things every day. Others have been using it since it came out in 2004 and still using methods or approaches from 2004 while others have educated themselves and are using the modern approaches for site implementations.

What I'm trying to point out is, Kentico documentation is not here to provide every possible scenario for you on your site implementation. Documentation is provided to help educate you with the tools Kentico offers and in some cases provide generic examples on how the tools may be used.

Good luck and hope your frustration goes away soon!

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