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drupalconlondonAs an ex-pat Brit, it gives me great pleasure to say that we're coming home in August.

OSTraining is going to be providing Drupal training at DrupalCon London.

We're going to be teaching the Absolute Beginner's Guide to Drupal which we also taught at DrupalCon Chicago this spring. Both classes cover the same material as the beginner classes that happen regularly all across the United States.

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Here at OSTraining, we usethe same video provider as the New York Times, Sky, Fox, the Weather Channel and more so the video quality is as good as it can get.

However, online video sometimes suffers from regional or even very local glitches.

If you do experience video problems, we'll often ask you to send us a report to help diagnose the problem. Here's how to send the report.

Step 1: Visit the Brightcove Debugger

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Step 2: Watch an OSTraining Video

  • Open another tab in your browser.
  • Watch any OSTraining video.
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Step 3: The Debug Infromation Starts

  • In the tab with the Brightcove Debugger, you'll see reports starting to show.
  • Wait 60 seconds.
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Step 4: Copy and Send

  • Click copy all.
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  • You'll get a message saying "Output copied to clipboard."
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Rod MartinWe're delighted to welcome Rod Martin to OSTraining this week.

Rod's a "new" staff member only in a very literal sense. He's been working with us for 18 months now and any of you who have seen our Joomla videos will have heard and seen him before.

Rod is our Director of Online Training and will be helping us to provide you all with more great videos. Rod's also a great live trainer and he'll be teaching classes with us around the Mid-West and at some exciting events that we'll be able to announce soon.

We seem to be a company of ex-pats so it works out well that Rod's originally from Australia, grew up in Canada and now resides just outside Cincinnati, Ohio. He has worked in both the non-profit and for-profit worlds, in small companies and large corporations. We're also a company of teachers and Rod has been training people for over 25 years.

Rod plays ice hockey a couple of times a week and rides his Goldwing motorbike pretty much everywhere he can.

Follow him on Twitter at @navtomorrow.

| WordPress

Speed is everything these days. People are browsing faster and have a shorter attention span. Time is literally money:

  • Microsoft showed that when pages slowed by 1 second, ad clicks per user decreased by 1.5%.
  • Amazon showed that when pages slowed by 1 tenth of a secon, sales decreased by 1%.

One great solution to make your WordPress sites run more quickly is the W3 Total Cache plugin. Here's how to use it:

Test Your Site

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Before we speed up our site, let's test how fast it's running now. You can do that by visiting http://gtmetrix.com. In the image above I'm testing a plain WordPress install and it scored 87% and 93% on the two tests. Don't be surprised if your site is substantially slower after adding themes, plug-ins and widgets.

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OSTraining Drupal Tampa ClassesDrupal classes are coming to Florida.

Over the last year we've been slowiy expanding up and down the U.S.. We now run classes from Chicago and Boston in the north, down through New York and Washington D.C., and Atlanta. Finally we're now heading all the way south into Florida.

Why did we choose Tampa? Two main reasons:

  • The city is centrally located in the state, within 4 hours of every other major city.
  • For several years we've been running a successful Joomla class in Tampa, working with a great training facility. It's right by the airport which makes it very easy for students to travel in and out.

Find out more about our Drupal classes in Tampa by clicking here:

There was one small little feature in Drupal 6 that would routinely drive students in our classes mad. It wasn't a major feature but it was a major annoynance: controlling the author and date information. Some content on your site simply doesn't need to display the name of the author and the date the content was written.

Here's how to find the display settings in Drupal 6 and an explanation of how things have changed for the better in Drupal 7.

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In Drupal 6, uploading modules and themes was often troublesome for beginners. They would have to follow a confusing process:

  1. Download the files
  2. Uncompress them
  3. Make sure there was a /sites/all/modules/ or /sites/all/themes/ folder on their site
  4. Upload the files manually to the /sites/ folder. Few beginners remembered that folder name - they just uploaded to the /modules/ and /themes/ folder which would be more logical.
  5. Go to Site building > modules and enable them

If you'd like to, you can still install modules the old way, but Drupal 7 also offers a much simpler process:

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| Drupal

Drupal 7 introduced many new changes. One of these involves Taxonomy, Drupal's way of organizing content.

Let's see what's changed with Taxonomy and what you'll need to do differently in Drupal 7:

Taxonomy in Drupal 6

| WordPress

This tutorial will walk you through step by step how to create a slideshow for the frontpage of your Wordpress site. We're going to use a plugin called (very logically) Frontpage Slideshow. Here's how to set it up correctly:

Install

First, go to the admin area of your WordPress site, click Plugins, then Add New and search for Frontpage Slideshow. Once you've found it, click Install now:

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Birthday PresentsIt was 12 months ago when we officially launched our online Joomla training program; and since it's our 1st birthday, we are offering a very special deal.

Until midnight on Saturday, we are giving $220 worth of birthday presents to each person who signs up for a new subscription.

Here is the link to sign up and details of all the presents:

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dcc2011 instructorWe're happy to announce that we'll be presenting a pre-conference training session: the Absolute Beginners Guide to Drupal, at DrupalCon Chicago next month.

The class will be identical to our normal Drupal beginner class that we've run dozens of times across the United States. Attendees get all the handouts and resources we provide at a regular class, plus the six months of after-class support.

The major difference is that the training will be the day before DrupalCon, Drupal's major international event.

The classes will be held on March 7th at University of Chicago's Gleacher Center, located steps from the conference venue. DrupalCon Chicago itself will runs from March 8-10 and will "feature dozens of curated sessions and panels from some of the most influential people and brightest minds within the Drupal community and beyond, as well as countless opportunities for networking, sprints, informal conversations, and more."

You can find out more at http://chicago2011.drupal.org.

  • If you've already purchased your ticket: you can still go back and sign up for training.
  • If you'd like to attend the training but not the full Drupalcon: we have our normal Drupal classes in Chicago on January 31st and February 1st. We'll also be back in Chicago in late March.

| WordPress

Things are not quite right with your site. You have tried troubleshooting the issue for the last four hours and you are getting frustrated. Then you remember that you have been making daily backups of your site. The question is, "How do I restore my site from the backup?" This tutorial will take your through the steps!

This tutorial assumes you are using Automatic Wordpress Backup Plugin and that you have a backup ready to go. For instructions on how to create a back up please see the How to Automatically Backup Wordpress tutorial.

 

Access Automatic Wordpress Backup

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In your administrator section, go to Plugins >> Automatic Wordpress Backup >> Settings.

 

Restore

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Scroll down and go to the Restore from a backup tab.

Select the backup you wish to use and configure appropriately.

Restore from backup when finished.

 

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Select OK if you are sure you want to run the restore. A manual backup will be created prior to running the restore in case you wanted to revert back.

Once you click ok, it will run the restore and then refresh once completed. Give it time to complete the restore; the larger the backup file the more time it will take.

That's it! You have just restored your site!

| WordPress

Backup! Backup! Backup! There are few things more frustrating than having to redo an entire site from scratch after a major issue occurs with the site, whether that be an unidentifiable error, a hacked site, etc. If you have a backup in place, you will greatly reduce your work and keep your sanity.

This tutorial will walk you through how to automatically backup your wordpress site on a daily, weekly, or monthly schedule by using the Automatic Wordpress Backup Plugin and Amazon S3. Let's get started!

 

Install Automatic Wordpress Backup Plugin

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In your administrator section go to Plugins >> Add New.

In the search field type in Automatic Wordpress Backup.

Click Search.

 

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Find Automatic Wordpress Backup. Make sure it is the right plugin by checking in the Description that the author is Dan Coulter.

Install Now.

 

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Select OK.

 

Activate the Automatic Wordpress Backup Plugin

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Select Activate Plugin.

 

Configure Access Keys

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Click on Settings.

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We need to get this information from our Amazon Web Services (AWS) Account.

If you do not have an account, you can register here (Please read all the terms and conditions):
http://aws.amazon.com/s3/

Or you can sign up for their free version here (Please read all the terms and conditions):
http://aws.amazon.com/free/

**Be sure to register and confirm your S3 account. If you get any errors in Wordpress that you do not have any account, it means that you have not completed all the steps for registration, which includes confirmation.

 

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Log into your AWS account (http://aws.amazon.com/s3/). Scroll down to the Access Credentials section. Copy the Access Key.

 

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Go back to your Wordpress site and paste the Access Key in the AWS Access Key field.

 

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Go back to your AWS account. Click on Show under the Secret Access Key area then copy the Secret Access Key.

 

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Go back to your Wordpress site and paste the Secret Access Key in the AWS Access Key field.

 

Choose Your Level of Gratitude and Save

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Choose how you wish to support the developer(s).

Select Save Changes.

 

Create Bucket and Configure

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Every object stored in Amazon S3 is contained within a bucket. A bucket must be unique, thus to ensure that it is unique you can name it yoursite.com-backup. Enter Bucket.

Configure appropriately.

Save Changes and Backup Now.

 

Check Your Backup

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Click Refresh Now.

 

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Your Manual Backup is completed and everything is setup for automatic backups as per your configuration!

That is all there is to it! Easy as 1-2-3!

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