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My client has asked me to build a WordPress plugin for them. Help! How do I learn to build WordPress plugins?

That's a common question we get from people who join OSTraining for the first time. They want to know about the skills they will need, and what kind of classes they should take.

I'm going to show you the skills needed for WordPress plugin development. I'll also give you links to start learning those skills.

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| Podcasts

Jason is the founder and CTO of WPEngine. Jason and his team recently celebrated WPEngine's inclusion on the Gartner Magic Quadrant for the first time.

If you don't know what Magic Quadrants are, this is the episode for you! If you do know about Magic Quadrants, you'll still learn a lot! If you want some background, check out our post "Your Plain English Guide to Magic Quadrants".

If you've seen Jason talk, you know he's an insightful and fresh thinker. In this episode, he convinces me that WPEngine deserves to be listed alongside Adobe and Oracle. He also explains why you should stop using the phrase "Managed WordPress" for WPEngine.

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Blocks and Widgets are the key layout features in Magento. These two features are very closely linked, and are often used together.

One way to think about Blocks is that they are mini-Pages. A Block can also contain text, images, video and more. But because Blocks are smaller, you will see them around the edges of your site. Blocks are often inserted into headers, sidebars and footers.

However, Blocks are placed using Widgets. First you create a Block, and then you use a Widget to decide where that Block will be displayed.

Let's walk you through some examples and show you how Blocks and Widgets work in Magento.

This guide is taken from Magento 2 Explained, the best-selling book for Magento 2. We use the example of a store called "Orangeville" in that book, so you'll see it referred to here.

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| General

Shopify is one of the most popular eCommerce platforms in the world.

For under $30 per month, Shopify offers everything your store needs from products and variations to payments and shipping.

We've just published a free, hour-long introduction to Shopify. Rod Martin shows you how to build your store in just one hour. This video is free to watch on YouTube!

Special offer: If you're starting a new shop, get a .STORE domain name for your Shopify site! It's the perfect TLD for your eCommerce site. Use the coupon "OSTSTORE" and you'll pay just $4.99/year. Get started here.

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Taxes are never fun, whether you're paying or collecting them. 

However, when you're running an eCommerce store with Magento, Taxes are an unavoidable headache.

We're going to try to explain everything in plain English, but there's no getting around the fact that taxes are hard work.

So, sit down in a comfortable chair and make yourself a strong cup of coffee. Let's explore how taxes work in Magento.

This guide is taken from Magento 2 Explained, the best-selling book for Magento 2. We use the example of a store called "Orangeville" in that book, so you'll see it referred to here.

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| WordPress

You write great content and want to build up an audience of people who read your blog regularly. In this situation, there's no better way to keep your audience up-to-date than by email.

Here's how you automatically notify users whenever you write a new post. We're going to use the free features of the PublishPress plugin.

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| General

A few weeks ago, WPEngine purchased StudioPress. This was a major move in the WordPress space. This also seemed like a simple move. One of the biggest hosting companies was taking over biggest theme developer. More customers, more money, more growth.

But I'm part of a popular Slack channel for WordPress developers and I saw was confusion. WPEngine said they purchased StudioPress to become a "DXP". That was unexpected. Lots of the terminology used to describe the deal was new to the developers:

What is a DXP? A DXP appears inside a magic quadrant?!?

In this guide, I'll try and explain DXPs, magic quadrants, WCMs and more. What does this jargon mean? How do these phrases help explain WPEngine's acquisition of StudioPress, and other big moves made by open source companies?

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| Drupal

Over the last few months we've worked with more and more Drupal 8 sites. Those projects all had one thing in common ... they used the Drupal Paragraphs module.

Paragraphs is a very popular module for handling content in Drupal 8.

Paragraphs works in a similar way to content fields, but also provides a wide range of options for the design, layout and grouping of your content. 

If you want to learn Paragraphs, this is ultimate guide! Read, watch and follow along with all 10 parts of this tutorial. By the end, you'll be using Paragraphs for all your sites too!

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| WordPress

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How do I get started with theme design?

That's a common question we get from people who join OSTraining for the first time. They want to know about the skills they will need, and what kind of classes they should take.

Here's an overview of everything you need to get started with WordPress theme design.

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| WordPress
Introducing BoldGrid, the WordPress Website Builder

The new Gutenberg editor is nearly here and the WordPress landscape is about to change in a big way.

Many plugins are themes are going to be impacted. In particular, people are curious how page-builder plugins such as Beaver Builder and Visual Composer will respond. The answer, looking at BoldGrid, another popular plugin in the same niche, is to do more. BoldGrid doesn't just build pages, it builds complete websites. It allows you to build an entire WordPress website without any code and in a ridiculously short amount of time. 

BoldGrid provides layouts, themes, an SEO plugin and more. It also has developer-friendly tools such as Staging plugin and a Backup plugin. All-in-all, it offers far more than BoldGrid will ever offer. It's a website builder, rather than a page builder.

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| General

Do you need to build an eCommerce site with Magento? 

Today, we're delighted to say that the "Magento 2 Explained" book is here.

This step-by-step guide will get you up-and-running quickly with Magento 2.

Magento has a reputation for being a complex platform, but we've successfully explained similar software before with Drupal, Joomla and MySQL. This 300-page book is a fun and straightforward beginners guide to Magento 2.

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| Podcasts
Beka Rice on eCommerce and the GDPR

Some people have scanned a few blog posts about the GDPR. Very few people have researched it deeply and really know what they're talking about. Beka Rice is firmly in the latter group.

Beka works for SkyVerge, which develops WooCommerce and Shopify plugins, plus Jilt, which helps stores to recover abandoned carts. I spoke with Beka on the day that the GDPR law launched.

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| Podcasts
Jerry Eadeh on the Past and Future of Magento

When we scheduled this podcast, I planned to talk about the history of Magento. Jerry works for Nexcess, a hosting company that is famous for their Magento services. They've been there since Day 1. When the original Magento team were getting started, they needed hosting help with their first clients, and they called Nexcess. Nexcess even sponsored our Magento 2 Explained book!

But, just two days before this podcast, the news broke that Adobe was purchasing Magento. The Magento community was in shock.

In this episode, we try and digest the Adobe news. We talk about the history of Magento and try to figure out if that helps us understand what comes next for Magento.

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| WordPress

WordPress is one of the simplest and versatile content management systems. Any beginner can quickly build a professional website with it.

It offers basic security out of the box to get you started. It also allows you to harden your site security.

In this post, you will learn 10 tips to easily enhance the security of your WordPress website even if you are a beginner.

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So your WordPress website offers good content to your visitors. And it offers an amazing user-experience. And it's safe and secure!

But it all will be in vain if your site keeps suffering from downtime.

In this blog post, I will discuss possible reasons for WordPress downtime and ways to monitor incidents.

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