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| General
ospam a not

In 2014 here at OSTraining.com, we decided to stop the flood of spambots sending spam via forms on our site.

We tried one particular unobtrusive technique on some of our forms. (PS. We're big fans of Shack Forms here at OSTraining).

This method worked out much better than we could have expected. So, we decided to turn this into a Joomla plugin. This is how OSpam-a-not was born.

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| Drupal
How to Embed Buy Now Stripe Button in Drupal

Would you like to avoid a hassle of processing and keeping your online customers' card details? Stripe is a global online payment gateway you can quickly start using just for that.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to easily embed the "Buy Now" button from Stripe into your Drupal content. You will be able to integrate the Stripe Checkout even if you don't know how to write code.

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| Web Design
How to set FileZilla to view and edit code files with Notepad++

When installing and using FileZilla FTP client for the first time, it won't allow you to right-click files and instantly edit them using code editors, like Notepad++.

You want to quickly open and edit your PHP or SQL file but FileZilla won’t let you. In this tutorial, you will learn how to set your FileZilla to open and edit files in Notepad++ code editor.

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| Drupal
unique look to google maps

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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| General
10 Options for Multi-Vendor Shopping Carts

Multi-vendor e-commerce sites are really popular.

Sites such as eBay, Etsy and AliBaba have enormous reach and support with 100,000's of sellers on just one site.

However, multi-vendor sites are also really difficult to build and maintain. E-commerce itself is difficult enough, but when you multiply the number of transactions and vendors, you multiply all of the potential issues.

Still, we often get asked how to set up a multi-vendor site. For our members and our readers, here are options for building a multi-vendor site with open source software.

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How to Create Font Awesome Icons with CSS

Icons on a website are handy. They provide easy visual information, providing links to email forms, telephone numbers, maps and more.

Traditionally these icons have been graphics created using a graphic design programme such as Illustrator or Photoshop or downloaded from the many free graphics sites.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to create icons using just CSS and fonts. This will allow you to edit all your graphics with just a few lines of code. By using font-based graphics you also make your pages lighter and more responsive.

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| Podcasts
Pippin Williamson and a Lifetime Company

Patrick Rauland has just published the "WooCommerce Explained" book with us. You could say that he's a WooCommerce fan.

Patrick has used it as a customer, worked for their support team, developed core functionality, and led three releases as the official Product Manager for WooCommerce. Patrick now helps plan their yearly conference, WooConf.

Follow Patrick on Twitter at @BFTrick and check out his personal site at SpeakinginBytes.com.

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| Drupal
How to Use the New Media Features in Drupal 8.4

Since the release of Drupal 8.4 in late 2017, Drupal has contained new media handling features.

For many years, Drupal has shipped with almost no media handling. This was the most commonly requested feature whenever we did Drupal training.

In this tutorial, we'll walk you through how to use Drupal's new media options. We'll update this post as soon as Drupal 8.5 is available.

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WordPress Explained

Do you need to build a WordPress site? 

If you do, we have the book you need. The "WordPress Explained" book is available today.

This book teaches you everything you need to know to make a WordPress site. And, it does it in plain English, with a simple step-by-step approach.

WordPress Explained is available in ebook for OSTraining Book Club members and also on Amazon.

WordPress is an amazingly powerful system, but many newcomers can find it overwhelming. We wrote this book to make WordPress as simple and straight-forward as possible. 

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| WooCommerce

One of the most important elements on a product page is user generated content. This can take the form of pictures, reviews, star ratings, etc. All of this is called social proof. Social proof is a huge factor in someone else's purchase decision. Getting someone to buy a product from a random website is very hard. If you have a few reviews, that eases people's fears and they'll be more likely to buy.

You want to have reviews for your product. Even negative reviews can be good for your credibility. In a study by Reevoo, 95% of consumers think your reviews are fake if they are all positive. So you shouldn't be too quick to delete or block those negative reviews!

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| Tools
How to Install Linux Xubuntu Under Your Windows OS

Do you have to reboot your computer to switch it between Windows and Linux now and then? Then you know that those reboots slow down your productivity.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to install a Linux operating system Xubuntu under your Windows OS using VirtualBox and save yourself some time.

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error 1045 phpmyadmin

After installing a local WAMP server and trying to access your phpMyAdmin, you may encounter the error:

#1045 Access Denied for user 'root'@'localhost' (using password: YES).

This may happen if your root@localhost database user was not granted the necessary rights to access the database. Or if you provided a wrong password.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to solve this error for the WAMP local server using phpMyAdmin.

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| Podcasts
Pippin Williamson and a Lifetime Company

Nick Croft has just published the "Genesis Explained" book, which is a developers guide to the most popular theme framework in WordPress.

Nick worked as a full-time support person for Genesis, before moving on to work as a developer on the framework. He later became a SaaS architect for the Rainmaker Platform, built on Genesis. Even before he literally wrote the book, he wrote the figurative book on Genesis. Nick is also a core contributor to Genesis and has multiple, popular Genesis plugins.

Follow Nick on Twitter at @nick_thegeek and check out his personal site at NickGeek.com.

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WooCommerce Explained

Today, I'm delighted to announce the official launch of "WooCommerce Explained".

This book will teach everything you need to know to make a WooCommerce site. And, it will do it in plain English, with a simple step-by-step approach.

We've partnered with Patrick Rauland for this book. Patrick was project lead at WooCommerce and currently helps to run WooConf, the official developers' conference.

WooCommerce is the most popular eCommerce platform on the web and is capable of selling anything, whether it's physical products, digital products or services. If you want to spend less time struggling with complex instructions, and more time building sites that make you proud, this is the book for you! This book is over 250 pages long and is packed with WooCommerce knowledge.

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