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| WordPress

WordPress is the key technology tool for many companies. They use it for marketing, e-commerce, CRM and 1,001 other tasks. So, it's not surprising that a lot of WordPress users also rely on it for project management.

After all, if you allow customers to pay you on your WordPress site, or raise a support ticket there, why not also collaborate on projects using the same platform.

In this overview, we'll introduce you to 5 of the best WordPress project management plugins. All 5 have free versions available on WordPress.org. You can download them, test them, and see if they're a good fit for you and your projects.

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| Drupal

An OSTraining member has asked us how to create a request form in Drupal 7. They needed to process requests using this workflow:

  1. A customer fills out a form to send their request for repair or service on a specific piece of equipment.
  2. A customer service agent comments on the request to either approve or deny it.
  3. The customer gets an automatic email after his request has been processed.

In this tutorial, I'll show you how to create a form like this.

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| Drupal

CKEditor is the WYSIWYG editor that you'll see in Drupal 8.

The default installation of CKEditor has a lot of options, but you can also add more features. CKEditor is an open source editor and has a wide range of extra plugins.

One of our customers asked how they could add 'color",  "text" and "font family" buttons to their CKEditor. This tutorial will explain how to add these buttons to the editor.

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CSS Grid is revolutionizing the frontend web-design industry.

For the last 20 years, web designers have used CSS to lay out web pages. However, CSS has always been missing some key functionality. Designers had to rely on workarounds, such as tables, floats, and positioning.

Isn't it crazy that our main layout tool was so reliant on hacks and misused features?

CSS Grid is different and better.

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| WordPress

One of our members was creating a landing page in WordPress and needed to hide some elements of his theme. However, those elements couldn't be hidden from the theme or widget settings.

We recommended he use a quick solution that requires a little CSS.

In this post, I'm going to show you how to hide elements on certain pages of your WordPress site.

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| WordPress

Yes, WordPress is going to have a new editor called "Gutenberg".

Up until now, the Gutenberg developers made slow and steady progress. Every two weeks, they released a new version. Each Gutenberg update had more features, more polish, and fewers bugs.

But, we knew almost nothing about when Gutenberg would become WordPress.

Now we know. Last week, we got more Gutenberg news than we did in the rest of 2018 combined. We got timetables, roadmaps, and technical breakdowns. We even got tantilizing glimpses into Phases 2, 3 and 4 of the Gutenberg project.

I'm going to give you a short summary of everything Matt and the WordPress team announced.

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| Drupal

Sometimes we're able to give really clear advice: "Do this!" or "Don't do that!"

This is not going to be one of those blog posts.

Drupal gives you the ability to re-use fields. If you have an "Image" field, you could choose to use that same field on every content type on your site. However, it's not always clear whether re-using fields is a good idea. Sometimes it is, sometimes it isn't.

Here's an overview of the advantages and disadvantages to consider before re-using Drupal fields.

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| Podcasts

Dwayne is a developer evangelist for Pantheon. He travels to between 30 and 40 camps every year, representing Pantheon, and aiming to bring people together.

Dwayne is into improv comedy, karaoke, vegan food, crochet and most importantly ... doing all those things with other people. Dwayne's true passion in life is collaboration.

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| Drupal

One of our customers asked us how to integrate a calendar with events on their site.

The Calendar module is the most popular module in Drupal 7 with over 1 million downloads. Unfortunately, the module is still under development for Drupal 8.

Another option is the Fullcalendar View module. This module is by far not as popular as Calendar, but it does its work well. This tutorial will explain how to use the Fullcalendar View module.

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| Drupal

Let me give credit where credit is due. The Drupal community is really getting organized in 2018.

In years gone by, Drupal has succeeded despite not having a clear direction. Everything was done in a stereotypically "open source" way with loose roadmaps. The apex of this was the development of Drupal 8 which dragged on for over 5 years.

This disorganizaton continued even after the release of Drupal 8. Early last year, I wrote a post asking, "When is Drupal 7 End-of-Life?" Unfortunately, no-one knew the answer. The deeper I looked, the more messy and confusing Drupal's plans became. The release cycles for Drupal 7, 8 and 9 were all vague and undefined.

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If you want to set up an online store, and already have an existing website, then Ecwid is a great solution. 

With Ecwid, you can embed your store (or single products) as simply as you would embed a YouTube video. This enables you to easily use Ecwid with WordPress or other platforms. 

This week we released a massive update to our Ecwid class. There are now over 30 videos in the "How to Use Ecwid for eCommerce Sites". 

Inside the class, there are several videos showing how to use Ecwid together with WordPress. If you're looking for a simpler alternative to WooCommerce, give Ecwid a try.

These videos are part of our eCommerce pathway, which covers all the major platform, including WooCommerce, Shopify, Magento and more.

| WordPress

Many WordPress themes rely on "Excerpts" to show a short summary of your WordPress content.

You'll find an "Excerpts" box on all your WordPress Posts, but you won't find them on Pages. Excerpts on WordPress pages used to be a standard feature, then they were removed in WordPress 3.1.

Fortunately, if you need to use excerpts, it is easy to put the excerpt window back for "Pages". All you need is a single line of code.

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Bootstrap is the most popular design framework in the world. It's an HTML, CSS and Javascript framework that allows non-designers to create clean-looking websites and interfaces.

Earlier this week we looked at the numbers and discovered that between 50% and 70% of people who use a design framework choose Bootstrap.

Bootstrap is popular because it provides pre-built code that solves many of the tricky problems that slow down web projects.

This week's new class, "How to Use the Bootstrap 4 Framework", is the perfect introduction for anyone who wants to start using Bootstrap. These videos will show you how to use Bootstrap 4's grid system, and responsive features. You'll learn how to design menus, buttons, media and text. You'll also see how to safely override Bootstrap's defaults with your own code.

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