A Sitemason account & a domain: For the time being, PHP Templates will only run in our hosting environment. When we roll this out to the masses, we will be supporting outside hosting environments & even other languages like Ruby or ASP will have access to the XML. We also require a domain to enable PHP templates to work. Sub-domains are fine like sitemason.yourdomain.com. If you want to use a sub-domain, in your DNS settings you will have to point your hostname to the CNAME web.sitemasonhost.com
Contact us: We have to enable PHP templates at the Sitemason account level. We will then assign the provided domain to your account, and you should be on your way. Email bi...@sitemason.com when you are ready to go.
Read the Documentation: For two reasons, the first is obvious... so you can learn. But also so you can see where it's lacking and help us document what developers are actually using and what needs to be better explained. http://developer.sitemason.com has all of the resources you'll need to get started.
Some Patience: This is a really early beta, and your help will vastly shape the development and rollout of this new program.
Ok, you have your Sitemason account and you're ready to start developing. Now what?
We've put up a "Getting Started for Developers" tutorial on our dev site.
It's a quick step by step walk through similar to a new customer's initial interaction with the CMS and creating a website. If you need some clarification on a step or get stuck, please let us know and we'll further document the process.
Originally posted in the Sitemason Developers Google Group on Fri, 18 Sep 2009