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ticketsOver the next three months, we're sponsoring Joomla, Drupal and WordPress events all around the world.

Many of the events give tickets to sponsors. However, some events we're not able to attend in person, and for some events we have extra tickets.

So rather than let the tickets go to waste, we're going to give them to you.

Here are the events we have free tickets for:

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groupsToday we're adding group registrations to OSTraining.com.

Group registrations is a new feature that allows you to register and pay for other people.

Who would use group registrations?

  • Employers wanting to sign up their staff members.
  • Web designers who want to train their customers.
  • Parents wanting to sign up their children.
  • People wanting to give a membership as a gift.
  • Any one who wants to pay for someone else's membership.

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| WordPress


Jetpack is many plugins in one.

Built by Automattic, the people behind WordPress.com, JetPack offers around a dozen features including comments, statistics, social bookmarks and more.

They only have one plugin you need to pay for at this point. It's easy to see they are planning to add more of those, but the free ones work well and are adequate for a lot of websites.

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| Drupal

Do you work with clumsy people? Are you a clumsy person yourself? If so, then Revisions might be the solution for you.

Revisions is a quick and easy way to save a copy of every Drupal content item when you make a change. In reality, Revisions is not only useful for clumsy people but also for organizations that have a lot of content creators and for many government agencies who have record keeping rules to follow.

In this tutorial, we'll give you an introduction to the core Revisions features and then show you some useful extra modules. 

If you want to learn about revisions in WordPress, check out the WordPress revisions guide.

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| WordPress

Gtranslate for WP is a plugin that will place a translation widget on your site, and allow for instant machine translation into 58 different languages.

Machine translation looks a bit strange to native language speakers, but it's still very useful. The free version of this plugin sends your page through Google Translate. There are also a pro and enterprise version where you can get professional translation done.

I found the installation of this to be a bit confusing. I'm going to show you how to install it so you don't have to spend time scratching your head over the non-standard installation method. Then we'll put a widget on the sidebar and see how it looks.

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| WordPress

The Google XML Sitemap plugin will generate a special sitemap which will help search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo and Ask.com to better index your blog. Your SEO will be greatly improved if you use sitemaps, in fact, it's one of the first things you should do to get indexed faster.

With such a sitemap, it's much easier for the crawlers to see the complete structure of your site and retrieve it more efficiently. The plugin supports all kinds of WordPress generated pages as well as custom URLs. Additionally it notifies all major search engines every time you create a post about the new content.

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| WordPress

ultimate-tinymceThe default WordPress editor is designed for 80% of people. It's simple to understand, simple to use and simple in terms of features.

However, advanced WordPress users often need more features and the Ultimate TinyMCE plugin is a good choice for them.  

Here's is a short guide to Ultimate TinyMCE.

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| Drupal

Six months ago we said that "Drupal 8 is underway with lots of great ideas and initiatives."

Now it's time for an update. Where does Drupal 8 stand today?

Drupal 8 in a Nutshell

  • When is Drupal 8 being released? Not until August 2013.
  • What's great about Drupal 8? Possibly everything. This is probably the most ambitious CMS launch I've ever seen.
  • Who is Drupal 8 for? To begin with, it is for developers and early adopters only. Drupal 7 took around 18 months to become more popular then Drupal 6. Most Drupal users might not be on 8 until 2015.
  • Will upgrading be easy? Unlikely. It will probably be similar to the difficult move from Drupal 5 to 6 or from Drupal 6 to 7.
  • I am on Drupal 5, 6 or 7. What do I do?
    • Drupal 5 users should probably migrate to Drupal 7 now.
    • Drupal 6 users have more time because 6 will be supported at least until 8 is released.
    • Drupal 7 users are in the best situation because 7 will likely be supported for four or five more years.

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WordPress Theme DesignJust over five weeks ago we launched a huge new WordPress Intermediate class.

We now have another WordPress treat for OSTraining members: our new WordPress Theme Design class.

You'll start with a Photoshop file and by the end of the class will have a WordPress theme that is ready to use.

This class is free for all OSTraining members. If you're not a member yet, click to find out about joining.

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| WordPress

Everyone is concerned about the speed of their website for at least two important reasons:

  • Search engines now take page speed into account when ranking.
  • People are increasingly using mobile phones and slow pages become even slower on phones.

One way to make your WordPress site run faster is with cache. WP Super Cache is just about the best cache plugin around.

This tutorial is a brief introduction to WP Super Cache that will help install and use the plugin.

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K2K2 is a really powerful way to manage your Joomla content.

Normal Joomla articles give you a title and body. In contrast, K2 allows you to add videos, image galleries, fields, files, multiple authors and much more.

This week we've launched a new class on K2. For this class, we've worked with the K2 team to arrange something special:

  • This class will be 100% free to both members and guests on OSTraining.com.
  • Thie class will also be 100% free on the official K2 site at Getk2.org. Our aim is to help the K2 team with their documentation for beginners.

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