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| General

Bleacher-report-logoThis month BleacherReport.com became only the second blog to ever sell for over $100 million.

Bleacher Report's slogan is "The Open Source Sports Network". The site is a meritocracy. Anyone can publish an article on sport. The more popular the article, the more attention and prominence it gets on the site.

Bleacher Report doesn't just use an open business model, they've also relied on open source since they started. They're a great example of using open source to build your business.

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osclassroomWe're pleased to say that buying classroom tickets from OSTraining is now a better experience.

Over the last two weeks we've rolled out a new ticketing system. The system is designed to help students register more easily and prepare for the class more effectively.

Here's a brief overview of the changes:

  1. As soon as you register, you'll be automatically signed up for 6 months of online training.
  2. The classroom pages look better and are more informative.
  3. You don't have to leave the site to buy tickets.
  4. All your invoices will be available from inside your account area.

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| Drupal

Spark DrupalOver the last few months some of the most talented people in Drupal have been working on usability improvements.

Their project is called Spark. Initially their improvements are being released for Drupal 7 and the hope is that they will later be moved to Drupal 8. We mentioned Spark in our summary of Drupal 8. You can also find more background in Dries's launch post for Spark.

The first Alpha release of Spark has just been released, so we decided to take it for a test drive. Come with us and see where Drupal usability is headed.

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| WordPress

s2memberIf you want to build a paid membership site, then WordPress is a great option for you.

There are many paid membership plugins for WordPress and, in this tutorial, we're going to recommend three.

Any paid membership plugin needs to do two things: create different access levels and collect payment from people who want to access those levels. We've chosen three plugins that do both well.

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ticketsOver the next three months, we're sponsoring Joomla, Drupal and WordPress events all around the world.

Many of the events give tickets to sponsors. However, some events we're not able to attend in person, and for some events we have extra tickets.

So rather than let the tickets go to waste, we're going to give them to you.

Here are the events we have free tickets for:

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groupsToday we're adding group registrations to OSTraining.com.

Group registrations is a new feature that allows you to register and pay for other people.

Who would use group registrations?

  • Employers wanting to sign up their staff members.
  • Web designers who want to train their customers.
  • Parents wanting to sign up their children.
  • People wanting to give a membership as a gift.
  • Any one who wants to pay for someone else's membership.

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| WordPress

jetpack

Jetpack is many plugins in one.

Built by Automattic, the people behind WordPress.com, JetPack offers around a dozen features including comments, statistics, social bookmarks and more.

They only have one plugin you need to pay for at this point. It's easy to see they are planning to add more of those, but the free ones work well and are adequate for a lot of websites.

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| Drupal

Do you work with clumsy people? Are you a clumsy person yourself? If so, then Revisions might be the solution for you.

Revisions is a quick and easy way to save a copy of every Drupal content item when you make a change. In reality, Revisions is not only useful for clumsy people but also for organizations that have a lot of content creators and for many government agencies who have record keeping rules to follow.

In this tutorial, we'll give you an introduction to the core Revisions features and then show you some useful extra modules. 

If you want to learn about revisions in WordPress, check out the WordPress revisions guide.

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| WordPress

Gtranslate for WP is a plugin that will place a translation widget on your site, and allow for instant machine translation into 58 different languages.

Machine translation looks a bit strange to native language speakers, but it's still very useful. The free version of this plugin sends your page through Google Translate. There are also a pro and enterprise version where you can get professional translation done.

I found the installation of this to be a bit confusing. I'm going to show you how to install it so you don't have to spend time scratching your head over the non-standard installation method. Then we'll put a widget on the sidebar and see how it looks.

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| WordPress

The Google XML Sitemap plugin will generate a special sitemap which will help search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo and Ask.com to better index your blog. Your SEO will be greatly improved if you use sitemaps, in fact, it's one of the first things you should do to get indexed faster.

With such a sitemap, it's much easier for the crawlers to see the complete structure of your site and retrieve it more efficiently. The plugin supports all kinds of WordPress generated pages as well as custom URLs. Additionally it notifies all major search engines every time you create a post about the new content.

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| WordPress

ultimate-tinymceThe default WordPress editor is designed for 80% of people. It's simple to understand, simple to use and simple in terms of features.

However, advanced WordPress users often need more features and the Ultimate TinyMCE plugin is a good choice for them.  

Here's is a short guide to Ultimate TinyMCE.

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