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BlogDesk is software you run on your desktop and lets you post to your blog. You don't need to be on the internet to create a new post, but the next time you connect to the internet, your post and all it's pictures will be uploaded. You can even post to multiple blogs.

One of the best advantages to using desktop software is that it gives your users a simple interface for creating blog posts without giving them any direct access to a login on either the front end or back end of the site.

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| WordPress

The External Videos plugin allows you to automatically collect and dispay the videos from an external site such as your YouTube user channel. External Videos creates a post for each video automatically. For example, it finds all the videos of the user "Fred" on YouTube and adds them each as a new post type. The videos can be presented in a gallery using the shortcode [external-videos]. There is also a widget to add a list of the most recent videos in a sidebar.

This plugin can be very useful if you are following a channel that produces videos periodically. Once they are published to your video channel, they automatically show up on your site. Currently supported sites are: YouTube, Vimeo, and DotSub.

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| WordPress

The WordPress user profile comes with the ability to add social network IDs for AIM, Yahoo IM, and Jabber/Google Talk. However, most of those networks or either dead or dying. So what if you want to add Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin or other more popular social networks to your user profiles?

ThemeFuse Extend User Profile is the answer. This plugin comes with fields for social network links, but you can also add more and create custom profiles for your users.

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| Drupal

The Drupal Contact module is often replaced by the Webform module. However, it can be useful in some situations. For example, imagine that you have different departments and you want each of them to get a different contact form on your Drupal website. If you're willing to keep it simple, you can do everything you need with the core Contact module and won't have to install anything else.

It all depends on knowing how to create categories and blocks.

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| Drupal

This tutorial will show you how to create a photo gallery in Drupal 6.

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 6.

You will need to install and enable at least the five modules listed below. Several of these do depend on other modules so your final list of installed modules will be longer.

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| Drupal

The XML sitemap module creates a sitemap for your Drupal site. This sitemap is not for visitors but for search engines. It conforms to the sitemaps.org specification and helps search engines to more intelligently crawl your website and keep their results up to date. The sitemap created by the module can be automatically submitted to Ask, Google, Bing (formerly Windows Live Search), and Yahoo! search engines. The module also comes with several other modules that can add sitemap links for content, menu items, taxonomy terms, and user profiles.

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| Drupal

Are you a total Drupal beginner? Do you use a one-click installer like Fantastico or QuickInstall that came with your hosting account and need to reinstall into a directory that already has Drupal installed? Sometimes the /sites/ directory just won't allow itself to be deleted.

Don't worry, you're not the only person to have that difficulty. This an easy way to delete that directory so you can do a clean install with a one-click installer or just clean up your server. This is written for the absolute beginner. Don't worry, you don't need to download putty, get command line access or call anybody. Here's how to delete the /sites/ folder:

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| Drupal

Last month we wrote this tutorial showing you how to create backups using the Backup and Migrate module. Now we need to learn how to use it to either migrate or duplicate a site.

If you have an existing site, and need to make some changes or add modules, it's best to create a test environment that is identical to the production site. Do all your experimentation there and then it's a snap to migrate the changes.

This tutorial shows you how to migrate or duplicate your site using the Backup and Migrate module.

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| WordPress

wptouch-logoWPtouch automatically transforms your WordPress blog so that it is easy for visitors to read on their mobile phones.

It works with iPhone, iPod touch, Android, Palm Pre, Samsung touch and BlackBerry Storm/Torch mobile devices.

WPtouch doesn't replace your normal site theme for larger screens, only for smaller devices.

Here's how to make WPtouch work on your site:

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| WordPress

Logo-budypressBuddyPress is social networking in a box. You can build a social network for your company, school, sports team or niche community all based on the power and flexibility of WordPress.

BuddyPress is completely free and open source. Unlike hosted services, BuddyPress allows you to stay in control of your site and create a totally customized, unique experience.

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| WordPress

This plugin imports posts from CSV (Comma Separated Value) files into your WordPress blog. It can prove extremely useful when you want to import a bunch of posts from an Excel document or the like - simply export your document into a CSV file and the plugin will take care of the rest.

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| Drupal

There is nothing quite so important to a developer as backups.

Backup and Migrate makes the task of backing up your Drupal database and migrating data from one Drupal install to another easier. It provides a function to backup the entire database to file or download, and to restore from a previous backup. You can also schedule the backup operation. Compression of backup files is also supported. The database backup files created with this module can be imported into this or any other Drupal installation with the restore feature, or you can use a database tool such as phpMyAdmin.

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| Drupal

You've seen Captcha used on many, many websites. Before you can submit a form, it provides a question and asks for a response from you. This prevents many spam comments, form submissions and email submissions.

This tutorial will show you how to use the standard Captcha module for Drupal and will introduce you to several alternatives.

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| WordPress

Contus Vblog is a WordPress plugin which allows you to record videos as you post blogs.

It has a built-in recorder that connects to your webcam. When you post, you can see the button “Add Video Post” at top right of you editor. Just point the camera at yourself and start talking. That's all there is to it.

You don't even need to wait for the video to go live to view the video. You can view the preview of the recorded video as soon as you want, and decide to post the video or rerecord. You can also allow your blog readers/visitors to post video comments for your post.

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| WordPress

It's hard not to make a play on words or a pun when talking about 1 Flash Gallery, because it is what it says, and adds what it is, and really makes your site flashy. (Sorry, I couldn't resist.) The most popular gallery for WordPress is the NextGen gallery, which is excellent, but this is something quite different.

If you've been looking for a way to put up eye-catching galleries, Flash is one way to go. 1 Flash Gallery is a plugin that will provide Flash galleries for your WordPress site.

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Today marks a major milestone for OSTraining: 300 live Joomla and Drupal classes. That's more than every other company put together.

During the last three years, we've been to all over the United States, Canada and United Kingdom teaching people how to use Open Source software.

We're celebrating 300 live classes with a special offer: 30% off all classes for the next seven days.

Use the coupon code "300classes" to save on any Joomla or Drupal class. This code is valid from today until midnight on September 28th.

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