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| Joomla

If you have a super long page of content, it’s nice to be able to break it up into visually appealing pieces so it can be consumed more easily. Sure, there are lots of third-party extensions that do this but why use them when you can use Joomla core.

Joomla core’s Page Break Plugin breaks up long pages of content with accordions, tabs, or “pages.”

For simple applications, you don’t have to add a third-party extension. Learn how to use Page Break and its limitations.

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| WordPress

In this video, I'm going to show you how you to enforce strong passwords in your WordPress site.

Weak passwords are probably the number one way your site is gonna get hacked, and you've no control of that once you hand that account over to a user.

Well not anymore. Let's go.

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| Drupal

There are cases, in which you do not need full e-commerce functionality (like Drupal Commerce) in your Drupal site, because you only sell a few products and the implementation of such a solution is financially and/or timely not viable.

PayPal allows you to create as many buttons as you like and embed them on your site through an HTML snippet.

This snippet will be then hardcoded at the template (theme) level on your Drupal system. This is not the most accurate solution for this problem, however, it is the quickest and simple to implement.

Keep reading to learn how!

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| Drupal

One of the great things about Drupal's new media manager is the ability to easily see all the media you're using on your website.

What if you want to replace one of those images or even more likely a PDF that needs to be updated?

Well in this OSTip, I'm going to show you how.

Let's go!

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| Joomla

Sometimes when Joomla is updated, database schemas change. Occasionally, this doesn’t happen properly during the update.

Here’s how to use the database fix functionality to resolve those schemas that need to be updated to match the version running.

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| WordPress

in this episode, I'm gonna help you make creating your WordPress posts and pages go even faster. If you're like me, you love the new Gutenberg editor.  Being able to drag and drop all of those different elements into a post or a page is really really easy, but if I'm creating the same kind of content over and over again like a blog with the same layout - say an image, then a paragraph, then a heading,  another paragraph, and then maybe a quote or however you want to basically always create your posts or pages, all that dragging and dropping is really a hassle. 

I'm gonna show you two really simple ways to make that go a whole lot faster: 1) reusable blocks, or 2) a simple plugin.  

Let's go!

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| WordPress

People tend to express and understand things better by using pictures and images. Sharing pictures through social networks like Instagram has become an everyday part of our lives.

The Smash Balloon Social Photo Feed allows you to embed the feeds of your own Instagram accounts in your WordPress site. The plugin provides multiple display options. 

Keep reading to learn how to use this plugin!

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| Joomla

In this episode I'm going to show you how to build a Joomla distribution so that you can create brand-new websites out on the Internet anytime you need, that are practically ready to go.

So what's a distribution? Well a distribution in Joomla is nothing more than creating a site, adding all of your favorite extensions to it, entering your licensing code and then using Akeeba Backup to create the site out on the internet.

It's not hard to do, but it will save you so much time! Let's go.

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We are going to go back to basics and talking about margin and padding properties again, expanding on a previous post by Valentin Garcia.

When we start styling an HTML element with CSS, it is treated like a box by default. Border, margin, and padding are properties that affect the appearance of the box’s edges. Very simply, margin is the area on the outside of a box’s border and padding is the area on the inside of a border. The purpose, mostly, is to add space between elements for better design and readability.

Ready to dig in? Let's get started.

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| Drupal

The reCAPTCHA module for Drupal 8 integrates the reCAPTCHA service provided by Google with your Drupal site. This service provides additional protection by detecting if the user accessing your site is a real person or a robot. 

Keep reading to learn how to use this module!

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| Drupal

The default Content overview in Drupal is a view. You can perform actions on multiple nodes by selecting one of them from the dropdown and applying it in bulk.

 How to Use The Views Bulk Operations Module in Drupal 8

The Views Bulk Operations module for Drupal 8 enhances this list of actions by adding some more actions to it. For example, you can change the author or delete the comments of one or multiple nodes with just one click.

How to Use The Views Bulk Operations Module in Drupal 8

Keep reading to learn how to use this module!

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| WordPress

Long articles often discourage users from reading the whole text. As a matter of fact, we are all used to scanning over text instead of reading it, when navigating over the web. 

This generally happens because you are searching for some punctual information when you access the internet. 

A table of contents at the beginning of the article proves to be useful in these cases. The LuckyWP Table of Contents plugin for WordPress provides this type of functionality. 

Keep reading to learn how to use this plugin!

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| Drupal

The Sidr module for Drupal 8 allows site builders and themers to add one or more sliding menus to their sites in a very uncomplicated way. It makes use of the open-source Sidr jQuery library. Keep reading if you want to learn this useful module!

Keep reading to learn how!

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Since the pandemic many businesses find themselves scrambling for video conferencing tools that will keep their teams connected and work flowing.  Many schools and other buisnesses have gone to free applications or even paid ones like slack, but some have been using discord to help ease the load. Discord is comparable to applications like zoom, teams, and slack because it allows users to not only video chat but also has text and audio calls. Although Discord has many interesting features, four of the most useful for businesses would be Security, Video Conferencing, File Sharing, and Bots. 

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| General

So you want to get creative, huh?  Whether you're a student, freelancer, or company looking to add a creative department, one thing is for sure - you are going to need software to get that creative genius out of your brain and onto the page or screen.  Here's the problem.  The most popular/obvious programs can be expensive, and often require one heck of a computer system to run them. So, the more you search and research - the more you might feel like your creative dreams have reached an impasse due to massive dollar signs. 

Don't dispair.  It's Open Source to the rescue!

Open Source means the software is 100% free for personal and commercial use!  That's right.  You can use these programs to create items just for you, to be sold, or given to your clients for their marketing purposes without any worry of legal issues over the software.  Also, with open source you can rest assured that your every move and use of the software is NOT being tracked and recorded as it is with paid-for programs. Bonus!

In this blog, we will give you a list of FREE, open-source software alternatives to get your creative dreams rolling again.

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