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PHP ClassAbout two months ago we asked our members what course they wanted us to add. PHP was the clear winner.

Why PHP? It's the key coding language behind Joomla, WordPress and Drupal. Without a solid knowledge of PHP, it's hard to edit anything on your site except what can be done via the user interface.

Today, we're delighted to release our PHP course and to welcome a great new teacher to OSTraining.

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| Drupal

When you create a feature like a photo gallery, slideshow, blog or forum for Drupal, it involves installation of quite a few individual modules. In addition, each module often requires a lot of configuration.

Wouldn't it be nice if you could just create a feature just once and reuse it time and again, no matter how many modules and much configuration it needs?

That's the goal of the Features Module for Drupal. Create something once. Re-use it easily on as many sites as you wish.

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| WordPress

"Taxonomy" is a confusing word and one that many people don't like. It's hard to remember, it contains the word "tax", and it sounds like a little too much like "taxidermy" for comfort.

However, recently WordPress has adopted the word "taxonomy" as an additional way to organize information in more advanced ways than can be done with tags and categories.

In this example, we're going to show you how to create a full staff directory. After reading this tutorial, you'll be able to create a page for your company, sub-pages for each department in your company and finally place all your staff members into a department.

| General

joomla 25 upgrade contestOne of our teachers, Gabe Wahhab, runs a Joomla development company called Savvy Panda. They're based up in Milwaukee in the USA and they do great work.

They also have a cool competition going on: they're giving away a free Joomla 2.5 Upgrade.

To help the winner make the most of their 2.5 site, they'll also get:

  • A set up of sh404SEF, the top SEO extenison for Joomla.
  • Their site mobilized by the excellent Mobile Joomla.
  • 6 months of membership to OSTraining.

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There's a time for hard work and preparation and there's a time for shipping.

It's great to be able to say that we're going to be able to ship a lot of cool stuff to you in the next few weeks. Here's an overview of what's coming from OSTraining in April and May.

Believe it or not, there's actually more great stuff to come, but we're sworn to secrecy for now.

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Joomla 2.5 Template Design ClassWe're happy to launch the third of our in-depth courses for Joomla 2.5: Template Design.

Creating a fantastic look and feel for your Joomla site is important. You can buy templates, or even download and use free ones. But if you really want a unique look, you have to create one that really highlights your site's content.

This class will take you step-by-step from an initial design to a finished template.

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| WordPress

Custom Content Type ManagerOver the last few years people have been pushing the boundaries of WordPress as a CMS.

One of the most important boundaries has been only having posts and pages as option for your content. Custom Content Type Manager (CTM) is a plugin that allows you to go much further.

CTM allows you to create custom post types and add fields to them. You can add images checkboxes, textareas, and dropdowns and much more. And you can do all of this with little to no coding knowledge.

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| Drupal

[UPDATE] We now have a detailed video class covering all the important aspects of using Organic Groups.

Organic Groups (OG) is the social networking solution for Drupal. It forms the basis of http://groups.drupal.org and also powers Drupal Commons, the widely used social networking distribution.

OG allows users to create and manage their own groups. Other members can then join those groups and share content either privately or publicly.

Two notes of caution before we start:

  1. OG is a powerful solution but not for the faint of heart. To use it, you will need a good understanding of Drupal, plus Views and Panels as well.
  2. There are some major differences between the Drupal 6 version and the new Drupal version.

Here's an introduction to OG for Drupal 7. Click here for our tutorial on Organic Groups for Drupal 6.

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| WordPress

Child themes are the professional way to modify WordPress themes. Matt Mullenweg who founded WordPress said that "child themes are the only way you should build your WordPress site on top of a [another theme]".

A child theme can use all of the functions, CSS and design features from a parent theme. The child themes only needs to contain the details it wants to change.

In this tutorial we'll use the default Twenty-Eleven theme as an example parent theme.

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| OSToolbar

ostoolbar-logoThe OSToolbar is our way of making life easier for webdesigners. Using the OSToolbar, you can place video tutorials directly into the Joomla administrator.

Your clients can watch the videos and learn how to use Joomla without needing to call you all of the time.

The OSToolbar is available to all members of OSTraining. If you'd like to use it, you can click here to become a member.

A new release of the OSToolbar is coming in the next few days. Here are the five new features in this Joomla release.

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| OSToolbar

ostoolbar-logoThe OSToolbar is our way of making life easier for webdesigners. Using the OSToolbar, you can place video tutorials directly into a WordPress dashboard.

Your clients can watch the videos and learn how to use WordPress without needing to call you all of the time.

The OSToolbar is available to all members of OSTraining. If you'd like to use it, you can click here to become a member.

A new release of the OSToolbar is coming in the next few days. Here are the four new features in this release.

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| WordPress

The beta version of WordPress 3.4 is out.

So what's new? At first glance, you might say "not much". Unlike version 3.3, there are no easily visible changes to the admin area.

WordPress 3.4 is all about making theme customization easier, but even when you click on Appearance, you still won't notice any changes.

It's only when you dig deeper that you start to notice the magic.

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| Drupal

Node Access Password is a module that allows you to password-protect your Drupal content.

This module will automatically generate a random password for each node you want to protect. That password must be entered before viewing the content.

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| Drupal

Organic Groups (OG) is the social networking solution for Drupal. It forms the basis of http://groups.drupal.org and also powers Drupal Commons, the widely used social networking distribution.

OG allows users to create and manage their own groups. Other members can then join those groups and share content either privately or publicly.

Two notes of caution before we start:

  • OG is a powerful solution but not for the faint of heart. To use it, you will need a good understanding of Drupal, plus Views and Panels as well.
  • There are some major differences between the Drupal 6 version and the new Drupal version.

Here's an introduction to OG for Drupal 6. Click here for our tutorial on Organic Groups for Drupal 7.

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| Drupal

The Drupal core provides a Search module that is great for many sites. However, it doesn't provide some of the more sophisticated features that some sites need. The Custom Search module is a good alternative if you want more control over what gets searched, who gets to search, and what results you see.

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