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I've been building sites with ModX Revolution for about 4 months but I've heard great things about Craft. I downloaded and installed it and the interface looks great.

To perform a detailed evaluation, I need to dive in and start building a basic site. But I don't know where to start. I found the mijingo tutorials but I have to pay $39.00 then mijingo tells me that I can only get so far with a free Craft license. To get the full experience, I need to buy at least a client license.

Are there any beginner tutorials for Craft that are free or at least don't require me to commit to the client Craft license?


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Due to the nature of this question, it's been converted into a community wiki. "Questions should be manually converted to community wiki when they are marginal fits or 'list of X' questions that contain enough value to avoid deletion." – Lindsey D Aug 14 '14 at 18:32
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If you run Craft locally from the host names “” or “”, you will have the option to switch between Craft Personal, Craft Client, and Craft Pro for free, forever.

Start with using the "On The Rocks" Example website.

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UPDATE: It's now possible to try Craft Pro from any non-public domain:… – Lindsey D Jun 17 '15 at 21:03

Testing all Craft versions:

If you would like to try out Craft Client or Craft Pro before buying, you can do so by running your site from the host name Subdomains work as well, e.g.

See: How can I try Craft Client or Craft Pro before buying?



P&T has demo files for two sites on github, which you can install locally:


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Wow, that was quick. Thanks for the answer. I have it set up on my local MAMP install as – Henry Aug 12 '14 at 15:57

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