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| Drupal

Where do you go when you're in the market for a great Drupal theme?

There are over 1000 free themes on Drupal.org, but that is not the only option. There are companies who sell themes. For prices ranging from $50 to $500 you can expect more complete, polished designs and support staff ready to answer your questions.

Here are 10 of the best commercial Drupal theme companies.

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back-to-schoolAs students across North America go back to school, we're ramping up our classroom training with 20 days of classes between now and the beginning of November.

If you'd like to attend our Drupal or Joomla classroom training, we have a great discount for you.

This week only, use the coupon "backtoschool" to get a 33% discount on any class.

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| WordPress
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WordPress is a very secure and well-coded platform. However, simply because it is so enormously popular, a lot of people try to create hacks and viruses for WordPress sites.

The Wordfence plugin is a great way to keep your WordPress site safe. Wordfence is a free plugin that scans your site for viruses, malware, trojans, malicious links and more.

In this tutorial, we're going to show you how to configure Wordfence, how to identify hacked files and what your options are for repairing them.

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joomla world conferenceDuring the last few years, a very succesful Joomla event called JandBeyond has been running in Europe.

This November, many of the same team are bringing the first Joomla World Conference to California.

If you've heard anything about JandBeyond, you'll know that these guys don't run traditional, boring conferences. This is not going to be a series of promotional pushes and endless Powerpoint presentations. You will be involved in sessions and discussions, and you will have the opportunity to give your own presentation. You'll also meet Joomla experts, developers, designers and business people from across the globe.

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| WordPress

twenty twelve 2012 wp themeStarting in 2010, the WordPress team started to annually release a new, default theme for WordPress sites.

This year they are cutting close to their own deadline. The Twenty Twelve theme narrowly missed inclusion in WordPress 3.4 and so will become the default with the December release of WordPress 3.5.

However, Twenty Twelve has now been released for testers and will soon be released to the general public via the WordPress Theme Directory. 

 

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Drupal 7 WYSIWYG EditorOver the last 2 1/2 years, we've created over 800 video training sessions.

In that time, we've also written over 600 tutorials on our blog.

One very common request has been for us to organize those tutorials more effectively. For example, we had 6 different tutorials on using TinyMCE as a WYWISYG editor in Drupal, but those tutorials weren't logically organized.

Today, we're taking the first step towards a logical organization. We've rounded up all six of our TinyMCE tutorials, rewritten them, and organized them into a Drupal 7 WYSIWYG Editor class.

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atlanta Drupal User GroupThis month and next, we're trying out a new training idea that we're calling Drupal 101.

In conjunction with the Atlanta Drupal User's Group (ADUG), we're going to hold a 2-hour long beginner class at the same time as the monthly ADUG meeting.

We've found that a lot of user group members are nervous about attending because they're new to Drupal and fear that the level of discussion might be over their heads.

The goal of these Drupal 101 classes is to take those Drupal newcomers and quickly help them to become active, comfortable members of the main user group.

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Drupal Views TrainingWhen it comes to making a Drupal site really work, no module is more essential than Views.

In fact, Views is so critical to a Drupal site's success that it is being incorporated into Drupal 8 (to be released around August 2013).

We are pleased to announce that this week we've launched our new Drupal 7 class. This newest addition to our Drupal 7 class series introduces Views and demonstrates ten different ways that it can be used on your site, from a simple blog page to a dynamic slideshow.

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| WordPress

google-analytics-logoAre you wondering which words attract visitors to your site? Do you want to know why people might be leaving the site? Google Analytics is the first choice, and most popular answer, for these questions.

The biggest stumbling block in the beginning is figuring out how to do the integration and where to place the code that Google Analytics needs. The Google Analytics plugin by Yoast is an easy solution and involves no messing around with the code. Here's how to use the Google Analytics plugin:

 

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| WordPress
NextGen Gallery

NextGEN Gallery is the most popular photo gallery plugin for WordPress, and with over 5 million downloads it is one of the most popular WordPress plugins of any kind.

NextGEN allows you to create beautiful galleries but also comes with powerful features such as bulk image uploads, grouping galleries into albums, and more.

We're going to show you how to get started with this popular and powerful plugin. We'll show you how to uset NextGEN to create a gallery and place it inside a post or page.

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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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