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| WordPress

WordPress has nearly 20,000 plugins, which is both a blessing and a curse for beginners.

On the one hand, it's wonderful that so many developers have produced so much free software. On the other hand, it can be really hard to find the good plugins when there are so many to sort through.

We often get asked for our favorite plugins and so here's a list of some of the favorites used by the staff at OSTraining.

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| Drupal

Multi-sites is a Drupal feature that makes managing many websites easier.

The idea with multi-sites is that you can use a single codebase for more than one website. When you update that single codebase, you update all of your Drupal sites. Each site can still have its own theme, modules and content.

This is a live blog of "What You See Is (Not Always) What You Get (but it can be)" by Andrew Mallis.

One of the most asked questions we get in our Drupal training from those coming from WordPress or Joomla is "Where is the WYSIWYG editor?". This is one of Drupal's shortcomings for content editors and beginning site builders. It's high on the planned list of things to fix in Drupal 8.

Until that arrives, in another 18 months time, Andrew demonstrated a solid option for creating WYSIWYG capabilities in Drupal.

http://bit.ly/ideograph-wysiwyg is the key document to use if you want to try his recommended solution.

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lukew highresLuke Wroblewski gave a keynote address at DrupalCon Denver called Mobile First. He talked about the upcoming mobile revolution and how it will affect all of our interactions with the web.

This was the best keynote I can remember seeing at a tech conference. Whether you use Drupal, Joomla WordPress, this presentation is well worth watching if you couldn't make it in person.

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This is a live blog of the Drupal Media session at DrupalCon Denver by Aaron Winborn and Dave Reid. The sessions is all about the Media module. We wrote a detailed introduction to the Media module here.

Aaron wrote the Drupal Multimedia book. He introduces himself as an ALS sufferer who will likely die within a year unless he's one of the lucky 10%. If he is one of the lucky 10%, he'll live in a locked-in sate. He'ss increasingly physically weak and can't hear very well. He wrote about the condition here.

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This week Drupal fans gathered in Colorado for DrupalCon Denver.

Dries Buytaert gave the keynote address. He talked about the mobile web and the plans for Drupal 8.

There were just over 3000 people at DrupalCon this year and most of them were in the huge auditorium at the Colorado Convention Center.

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| Drupal

The Drupal project page for Context describes it in this way: "Context allows you to manage contextual conditions and reactions for different portions of your site. You can think of each context as representing a "section" of your site. For each context, you can choose the conditions that trigger this context to be active and choose different aspects of Drupal that should react to this active context."

Here's what that means to you: "you can make blocks, themes and more show only where you want them."

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| Drupal

You should always update to the latest version of Drupal to take advantage of updates and to also guard your site's security. It's not a difficult process, but there are quite a few steps if you want to avoid errors and get it right the first time. This tutorial shows you every step involved.

Here's how to update your Drupal 6 core files:

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DrupalCon Training

Next week is DrupalCon Denver, the biggest and best meeting of Drupal people from all around the world.

If you're going to be there, we'd love to meet you and will have OSTshirts for anyone who comes up and says "Hi!"

Don't worry if you can't make it, or would prefer a Joomla or WordPress event. There are at least five other major events coming up this year from Drupal and Joomla in Germany to Joomla and WordPress in California. Hopefully we'll see you at one of those events later in 2012.

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| WordPress
OSToolbar for WordPress The OSToolbar is a great way to provide OSTraining videos to your customers.

You can give your webdesign customers WordPress videos, and they can all be watched directly from inside their site. No more confused phone calls. No more emails asking about simple WordPress features. Give them the OSToolbar, and they can watch and learn the WordPress basics for themselves. The OSToolbar is one of great benefits enjoyed by members at OSTraining.com. We also have a Joomla version of the OSToolbar.

Here's how to use the OSToolbar and to give it to your customers.

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| Drupal

This tutorial will show you how to create a photo gallery in Drupal 7.

It won't create the world's flashiest or most impressive gallery, but it will work. This tutorial is designed for beginners so that they can understand the key concepts behind creating a gallery in Drupal 7.

If you're still using Drupal 6, we have a tutorial for you also.

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| Drupal

Slideshows are one of the most popular things that people want on their website and the Views Slideshow Module is the most popular way to create slideshows in Drupal.

So, it's no surprise that Views Slideshow is one of the most popular Drupal modules.

Creating a Views Slideshow isn't too difficult, but there are a quite a few steps to go through. If you're a beginner, this will be a complete installation guide.

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