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| Drupal

By default, a Drupal 8 user account collects only very basic information about the user. 

And, most of that information is not visible to visitors or other users on the site.

Fortunately, Drupal makes it easy to modify and expand this profile so that people can add useful information about themselves such as their real name (versus a username), address, employer, URLs, biography, and more.

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| Drupal

Google Maps don't look appealing or pretty by default when you embed them in your Drupal content. Nor do they always nicely coordinate with your site look and feel.

What if you found a way to give them a custom design? For example - your own color? In this tutorial, you will learn how to give your Drupal Google Maps a custom style with the Styled Google Map contrib module.

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| Drupal

This is actually quite a common question from our students. They start building their Drupal site. Then they go to work with their blocks or menus.

Then they accidentally disable the "Log in" menu link. There is no "Log in" link displayed on the site anymore. Neither for them nor for their visitors.

In this short tip, you will learn how to login to your Drupal admin page in such situation. 

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| Drupal

Telegram is an easy to use free chat application that is rapidly winning fans all over the world. 

There is a Telegram plugin for WordPress but there is not yet a Telegram module for Drupal.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to integrate the Telegram app with your Drupal 8 site using JavaScript from Re:plain.

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CSS Grid is revolutionizing webdesign

For the last two decades, we've relied on CSS to lay out websites, but it has always been missing some key functionality. We've relied on workarounds such as tables, floats, and positioning.

CSS Grid is different and better.

CSS Grid allows you to create a grid-based layout system, using columns and rows. You don't have to use any workarounds. You don't have to use different hacks for different browsers. You don't have to install any extra frameworks.

Because it's such a useful tool, we wrote CSS Grid Explained. CSS Grid Explained is a fun, practical introduction to CSS Grid. This was the 10th book from OSTraining, and also one of our most popular. So we've been working on big updates for the book.

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| Drupal

One of Drupal’s big advantages is its possibility to structure content with the use of fields. However, from time to time you will want to link a file to your content without the need of adding a field to the database for that purpose.

The D8 Editor File Upload module provides this functionality by adding a button to the toolbar of the rich text editor (in this case CKEditor). This way it is possible to upload a file and present it within the content as a link. This tutorial will expĺain the usage of this module.

Let’s start!

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| WordPress

It's amazing how much has been written about the new Gutenberg editor for WordPress.

But many people haven't really started to the use Gutenberg in the daily publishing workflow. As a result, Gutenberg is still full of semi-secret features.

One such feature is the "Pre-Publish Checks" screen in Gutenberg. When you click "Publish" on a post, you'll now see the sidebar shown below. WordPress asks "Are you ready to publish?" and encourages you to double-check your settings:

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| Web Design

In the previous tutorials of the "CSS Flexbox" series, you learned that the flex-grow property specifies how items expand relative to each other to fill up the available remaining space within the flex-container.

You also learned that flex-shrink sets how items shrink relative to each other if there is not enough space available within the flex-container. The flex-basis property assigns a fixed, ideal width (or height) to the flex-items.

All these properties can be summed up in one shorthand property, the flex property.

Let’s take a look at an example!

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| WordPress

Tables are often the best way to display complicated information but they can be difficult to make attractive.

Tables can be used to display information that needs to be compared in order for it to make sense. But sometimes they can be difficult to read and even harder to put into documents. Updating them can also be difficult if information needs to be reorganized or updated.

TablePress is an easy-to-use plugin for WordPress. It lets you create and manage beautiful tables without having to code anything. You can embed tables into posts, pages, or text widgets using a shortcode.

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| Drupal

Since 2018, European site-builders have a legal obligation to meet a specific requirement. Their sites must display a banner to inform people about the use of cookies.

This European requirement is mandatory in order to comply with the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation).

In other words, you must ask user permission if you want to store cookies on the browser of a European (EU) citizen.

The EU Cookie Compliance D8 module provides an easy way to manage this type of functionality. In this tutorial, you will learn about the installation and basic configuration of this module.

Let’s start!

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| Web Design

In the third tutorial of this series, you learned that the align-items flexbox property specifies how flex-items are distributed along the cross axis of the flex-container. The align-content property specifies how the lines inside the container will be distributed, once you have applied the flex-wrap property.

The align-content property accepts 6 possible values:

  • stretch (default)
  • center
  • flex-start
  • flex-end
  • space-between
  • space-around

Let’s demonstrate this with an example!

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| Web Design

Until now, you have seen that flex-items stay on the same line, regardless of the content inside them and the space available.

With the flex-wrap property, it is possible to make flex-items wrap over to the next line.

Let’s demonstrate this property with an example.

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This week we continue to update our training for the new Gutenberg editor.

"Your Introduction to WordPress Plugins" is a guide to WordPress plugins now that Gutenberg is here.

These videos will show you how to find, evaluate and install the best plugins for your WordPress site. You'll see plugins for SEO, planning content, eCommerce and more.

You can test out all the plugins thanks to the new OSTraining sandbox sites.

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| WordPress

WordPress 5.2 is out now and it brings several useful new features, both large and small.

One of the nice small improvements is the ability to disable unwanted blocks. By default, WordPress arrives with dozens of blocks and every time you install a plugin, there's a chance that the plugin will add many more. There are some excellent plugins such as Advanced Gutenberg that can super-charge your site with even more powerful blocks.

If your site ends up with hundreds of blocks, your writing interface will be slow and confusing. Here's a preview of all the block areas, even in a default WordPress site:

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| WordPress

WordPress has its own built-in search facility. This works fairly well, but it doesn’t let you make any changes to its standard settings.

If you want a search facility that searches only specific sections of your website or if you want to exclude some pages from the search you will need a plugin.

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