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LoginToboggan is a module that improves the login experience in Drupal.

It has over eleven useful features including options that allow you to:

  • redirect users after they login and send them to a page of your choice.
  • allow users to use their email address or username to login.
  • combine the login and registration areas on the same page.

Here's how you use LoginToboggan:

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tutuploadsmedia_1326929592271.png There are many different languages available for a Drupal installation, but what if you want to have a site with more than one language? Drupal is up to the task, but it's not a trivial procedure. There are two areas that need translation.

First, you'll need to translate the interface, which includes the button texts, drop down menus, messages and other languages you use to interact with the site. Customizing the interface is fairly simple, and there are language files you can download that will help you make short work of it. Drupal developers often refer to this as localization.

Second, you'll need to translate the content. There are some modules that will make this possible, but this does require more effort than translating the interface.

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Every year now brings us a major new Joomla, Drupal or WordPress conference:

  • In 2010, the Joomla community created a European conference called JandBeyond.
  • In 2011, WordPress launched their first international conference called WordCamp San Francisco.
  • In 2012, Joomla will debut the Joomla World Conference in California.
  • In 2013, Drupal has plans to launch a DrupalCon in South America.

In total, this year there will be six major Joomla, Drupal and WordPress conferences. We aim to send OSTraining team members to all of these events, and we'd love to meet you there. Whether it's WordPress and Joomla on the Pacific, Drupal in the Rocky Mountains or Joomla and Drupal in Germany, there's a lot of great opportunities for you to travel and learn.

Here are the six conferences, starting in March and running through to November:

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| Drupal

Do you need to check what your users see when they login to your site? Do you often need to troubleshoot issues for your users? If so, the Masquerade module will be a very useful tool.

The Masquerade module allows you to login as any user but using your own password. You can mimic anyone else's login and see exactly what they see. This is very useful on membership sites and sites that require multiple levels of access.

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| WordPress

user switching pluginThe User Switching plugin is logically named. It allows administrators to switch and see the site as another user. 

This plugin is a must-have if you run a site with multiple user levels, have a large number of users or use multiple accounts for yourself. Instead of opening two browsers or logging in and logging out repeatedely, User Switching is an efficient way to bugshoot problems with user accounts.

Here's how to use User Switching:

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| Drupal

Drupal 8 is underway with lots of great ideas and initatives. For front-end site builders, these include improving Drupal's design, mobile, HTML5 and multi-lingual capabilities. For those working under the hood, there are plans to improve web services and staging management.

How will this affect your Drupal site building?

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| WordPress
tutuploadsmedia_1323834728350.png2011 saw the release of three new versions of WordPress. Version 3.1 was launched in February, 3.2 in July and 3.3 arrived in December.
Are you're wondering what's changed in the latest version? In this tutorial we're going to give you an overview of all the important new additions. The 5 key features that most people will notice are:
  • A new welcome screen
  • Changes to the top admin bar
  • Flyout menu links added to left-hand admin menu
  • A new media uploader
  • Widgets that remember their position despite theme changes

This is our live blog of the session “Beginner & Intermediate Guide to HTML5 / CSS3 in Drupal” by Kendall Totten from Mediacurrent.com. It was given at Drupal on the Bayou in New Orleans this week.

Kendall introduced HTML5 and CSS3 and explained how they are related to Drupal. She gave examples of Drupal modules and themes that already allow us to use HTML5 and CSS3 in Drupal.

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| WordPress

disqus logoWordPress comes with a comments system but many WP sites replace it with something else.

Why? Other comments systems can provide more features and more flexibility. Sites find that visitors prefer these alternative systems and that they help to encourage people to comment and become part of the site's community. This tutorial will show you how to set up perhaps the most popular alternative comment system which is from Disqus.com.

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drupalcon denverAre you looking for a good excuse to get out of the office and head somewhere beautiful? DrupalCon Denver is coming up in March. It's going to be one full week of Drupal with sessions, business events, training and probably some ski trips too.

We're delighted to have been one of the first six training sessions announced for DrupalCon Denver.

This will be our third DrupalCon training in a row after both DrupalCon Chicago and DrupalCon London in 2011.

Find out more at http://denver2012.drupal.org and check out our training called the Absolute Beginners Guide to Drupal.

| WordPress
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The WordPress Dashboard is a good tool, but it can be improved. If you are tired of scrolling pages, drilling down through menus and searching for little used features, you could increase your efficiency and decrease your frustration with a few plugins.

It doesn't seem like much of a bother to the infrequent user, but if you have a lot to do, you become aware of every extra click, extra menu, and every extra few seconds of wait time. They all add up. We're going to show you some plugins you can use to make your life easier.

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| Drupal

admin menuDrupal 7 did get a new toolbar and overlay to make it easier to use. However, many people prefer to use the Administration Menu module. This might be because they are familiar with it (because it was also very popular in Drupal 6), and it might because it is actually easier to use than the default toolbar.

The normal Drupal 7 toolbar can require several clicks to get to parts of the admin area. As a result, many developers find the Administration Menu module to be a great help because they can jump to any administrative task much more quickly.

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CodeLobsterAn IDE is a wonderful tool for coders. IDE stands for Integrated development environment. It's an environment on your computer that has your web server and all possible editing tools in one place.

In this tutorial we'll introduce you to CodeLobster, an IDE with plugins to support Joomla, Drupal and WordPress development.

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Web designers need to create beautiful designs. That's obvious. But, with many different platforms and screen sizes in use, they now also need beautiful designs that are also easy to scale and modify. Grid systems are one solution They are an attempt by designers to create work that is both beautiful and practical.

Various grid systems now form the basis of almost all new Joomla, WordPress and Drupal templates and themes. In this tutorial, we'll give you an introduction to grids so that you can work with those designs more effectively. At the end, we have links to tutorials on two popular grid systems for Joomla, WordPress and Drupal.

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| Drupal

omegaTheming Drupal is not a straightforward task, but people are trying to make it easier. One way to do that is by creating a theme framework that provides many of the basic features that designers need: a grid system, cross-browser compatibility, base CSS classes and more..

In this tutorial, we're going to use the Omega base theme. It is the theme used by major Drupal shops such as Acquia.com and Palantir.net.

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