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| Drupal

TinyMCEIf you have TinyMCE installed on your Drupal site, you have all you need to upload and play audio and video files. 

The Media module is a good option for sites with more advanced audio and video needs, but if your needs are straightforward, then TinyMCE will work for you.

In this tutorial, we're going to show you how to upload and display an .mp3 audio file and a .swf video file inside Drupal content.

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| WordPress

firebugIt can be difficult to edit WordPress templates. Many have a lot of CSS files, which makes it difficult to test and to make changes.

UPDATE: Firebug is not supported anymore. Please try Dev Tools in Firefox, or Developer Tools in Chrome instead.

We recommend that you use Firefox to help you edit WordPress themes.

Firefox is a great browser but also a great tool for working with themes. Firebug is an add-on for Firefox that gives you two really important powers:

  • You can test template design changes before you make them.
  • You can quickly track down the exact file and line number where you need to make changes.

In this tutorial, we're going to show you how to use Firebug. We're going to edit the site title in the default WordPress Twenty Eleven theme.

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| General

jab12-logoLast summer I didn’t feel ready to attend my first Joomla! Day, which was only a seven-hour drive. Nine months later I not only attended J and Beyond (seven time zones away and in Europe), but also gave one of the presentations. I have no regrets, and I’d like to share the value of attending an event like J and Beyond (JAB) 2012.

Any Joomla! event provides three opportunities to those attending: education, networking, and a chance to share from a platform. JAB 2012 marked the third such annual event and drew a solid mix of extension developers and site integrators from 37 countries. Each of its three days included a full schedule of presentations and open times for networking.

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This week we've launched a Resources area for our members.

Many of these resources have been on our sites for years, but were hard to find. We've now organized them all into just one area. We hope these resources will make your webdesign life easier and cheaper.

  • Coupon codes for lots of great companies including Rockettheme, CorePHP, Shape5 and more.
  • Recommended hosting for Joomla, WordPress and Drupal. This isn't a generic list but the battle-tested hosts that we rely on personally. This list has been actively monitored for over two years now, and we quickly remove hosts who get bad reviews from our members.
  • Recommended developers to use for Joomla, WordPress and Drupal work. To get on this list, you have to be a developer who we use or whose work we can vouch for. We trust these developers to do great work for our members.
  • Free templates and themes for Joomla and Drupal. Both Bolt and Breeze are available as free downloads.

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| Drupal

widgetsThe Widgets module allows you to centrally manage text and code snippets across your Drupal site.

You can also combine the snippets into sets for even easier re-use.

Widgets provides some pre-defined snippets but also allows you create your own. In this tutorial we're going to do both.

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| OSToolbar

OSToolbarAnother week, another new feature.

The OSToolbar now allows you to show videos on the frontend of your Joomla or WordPress site. Now if you run a hosting, webdesign or support site you can easily provide Joomla or WordPress tutorials to your visitors.

Here's how to set up frontend viewing:

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social-networkIt's been wonderful to hear a brand-new voice in the Drupal world this year. Every week Brian Lewis has been interviewing leading lights in the Drupal world for his Modules Unraveled podcast. Brian has also started producing video tutorials on important modules.

A few weeks ago I talked with Brian and found out that he also shares a very similar background to myself and our other trainers: Brian is a professional teacher who loves both teaching and technology.

We love his work and asked if he was willing to partner with us at OSTraining. We're delighted that he said yes! Today we launch his first Drupal class with us: Organic Groups for Drupal 7 is available to all OSTraining members.

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| Drupal

As your Drupal site grows, so does your permissions page. Finding the permissions you need to change often requires a lot of clicking and scrolling.

Fast Permissions Access (FPA) is a simple Drupal module that makes managing permissions much easier. FPA puts a neat little search box on the permissions page so you can find exactly what you're looking for.

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capitalcampWashington D.C. is the epicenter of Drupal's growth worldwide, and CapitalCamp is the Washington D.C. DrupalCamp.

This year's CapitalCamp takes place on July 27th and 28th. The event is being held at George Washington University, an OSTraining customer who are adopting Drupal in a big way. You can find out more at CapitalCamp.org.

As last year, OSTraining will be doing Drupal training in the run up to CapitalCamp. Our classes will be held at Phase2 in Alexandria, just outside of Washington:

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| General

A little while ago we made the decision here at OSTraining.com to alter how our name is shown to visitors.

We changed "Open Source Training" to "OSTraining" throughout our site. The main reason? In our user testing and customer interactions we constantly found that people were confused about the phrase "Open Source". We kept on hearing comments like these:

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securityIt's hard to think of a more important topic than keeping your site safe and secure.

So, we're pleased to say that our new Joomla security class is now live, and it is freely available for the public.

In this class we show you how to keep your Joomla site and extensions up-to-date. We also show you how to take backups with Akeeba Backup and explain how to restore your site from those backups. We then cover the Admin Tools extension which provides numerous extra security features.

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| Drupal

Managing comments on a busy website can get tedious if you need to login and check continually. It's very convenient to get an email with the comment text, so you can see if it's legitimate or comment spam.

To do this in Drupal we're going to use two core modules, Actions and Triggers. We'll also use the Token module to control over the content and recipients for the email

In this tutorial we're going to use Actions, Triggers and Tokens to show you how to automatically send customized emails from Drupal.

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| Drupal

drupal nodequeue orderThere are various ways to create lists of nodes in Drupal. So what's different about the Nodequeue Module?

Nodequeue allows you to manually control the order of your nodes. You can use drag and drop to re-order a list of nodes. Whereas a module like Views will automatically publish all of your nodes that meet certain criteria, Nodequeue allows you to control the order of those nodes.

Nodequeue is very often used for slideshows and other site features where you need to choose which articles to show.

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