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| WordPress

This week I was upgrading a WordPress site. It had a partial blank page in the admin. It wasn't a full White Screen of Death, but there was clearly a bug that needed fixing.

This tutorial will help you to debug issues like this. I'm going to show you how to use WordPress' debugger to find the cause of this issue.

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| Drupal

One of our customers asked how to tweak the fields of a table output by Views to give the table a cleaner look.

They were looking for a way to merge the fields of the first and second columns. They also wanted to display the file download link just with an icon.

There are a couple of ways to achieve this. One of them is to rewrite the output of Views’ fields.

This tutorial will explain how to rewrite the results of any Views’ field. We can rewrite the results, regardless of what display the view is using (table, list, grid, etc).

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| General

The OSTraining podcast has kicked off again for 2019.

In the first episode of the year, we welcomed Josh Strebel from Pagely. Pagely is a hugely successful WordPress hosting company that focuses on household name brands.

However, Josh and Pagely are launching a new service called NorthStack. Whereas Pagely was the very first "Managed WordPress" service, NorthStack is best described as a "Managed AWS" service.

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| Drupal

One of OSTraining’s members asked how to create a following web form with the Webform module:

  • The site has four regions to be contacted: NE, SE, NW, and SW.
  • Each region will have their own contact person/team.
  • The user must be able to select one or more of the regions to contact at the same time, using checkboxes.
  • All the submittions must be BCC-ed to the main administrator.
  • If needed, the site owner should be able to add one or more email recipients for each region.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to meet these user requirements using the Webform module.

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| Drupal

There are multiple JavaScript and CSS libraries on the internet. They allow you to animate parts of your site and make them look more attractive.

The Animations module makes it easy to include animations on your Drupal site. 

There's a full list of the animations on the module page, but they include such wonderfully named animations as swing, tada, wobble, jello, bounceIn, bounceOut, fadeIn, rollOut, zoomIn, slideInRight and more.

In this tutorial, I'll show how to install and use the required libraries and the Animations module..

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| Drupal

One of OSTraining’s customers asked how to implement content voting on their site. 

In Drupal 7, the popular choice was the Fivestar module, but that's still not ready for Drupal 8.

In this tutorial, I'll show you how to use the Votingapi Widgets module in Drupal 8. This module makes use of a “Rating” field, which you can customize and insert into your content.

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| Drupal

How do I get started with Drupal development?

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.

In this guide, I'll give you an overview to help you get started with Drupal development.

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| WordPress

WordPress’s new editor Gutenberg provides new flexibility and opportunities for creativity in itself, but there are now plugins available to help improve its performance even more.

The one area where Gutenberg can be frustrating is the columns block. The settings are limited and it can be difficult to get just right. Now there are a few plugins that provide the functionality that has been missing, such as:

  • Variable column widths
  • Padding and margin settings
  • Styling for individual columns.

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| Drupal

One of our customers asked how to build a mega menu in Drupal 8.

Mega menus are menus with multi-column navigation. They are fastly becoming a trend in web design.

The Ultimenu module allows you to insert Drupal blocks into a menu. You can easily use it to build fairly complex menu layouts.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to build a simple mega menu using the Ultimenu module and Bootstrap.

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| General

There are plenty of reasons why your team might be in a position to manage multiple websites concurrently. In some cases, you have a major network or brand that runs disparate, but connected web properties.

In other cases, it’s because your agency or development business handles the setup, maintenance, and management of websites for numerous clients.

Regardless of the why, you’re probably interested to learn how to actually do it efficiently and effectively.

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| Drupal

This tutorial is all about managing users on your Drupal 8 site.

I'll show you how to control who can do what on your site:

  • Who can create, delete, and edit content?
  • Who can upload modules and themes?
  • Who can modify menus and blocks?

You also see how to make user accounts more interesting. You do this by allowing users to add more information about them. 

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| Podcasts

Welcome to the OSTraining podcast in 2019.

In this first episode of the year, I talk with Josh Strebel from Pagely. We focus on his new project called NorthStack. Whereas Pagely was the very first "Managed WordPress" service, NorthStack is best described as a "Managed AWS" service.

We talked about NorthStack and what it tells us about the future of WordPress. Is the ecosystem going to splinter as more development moves to Node, Laravel and other platforms? Oh, and I don't let Josh leave without asking about the future of his excellent Pressnomics conference.

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| WordPress

So you're excited about using WordPress’s new Gutenberg editor.

Gutenberg is a great tool that offers flexibility and easy creative options. But what happens to all the posts and pages you have already created on your WordPress sites? Will your content look the same after you enable Gutenberg? And how easy is it to take advantage of all the new features?

I'll answer those questions in this blog post.

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| WordPress

Since 2011, almost every year, the WordPress team have released a new theme.

However, the team didn't release a theme for 2018 because there were no major WordPress releases.

This year, we're back on track and there's a new default theme, called "Twenty Nineteen". This new theme is needed to take full advantage of this flexibility offered by Gutenberg.

Twenty Nineteen offers significant creative freedom. However, it’s almost a blank slate to begin with, and that can be a little daunting.

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| WordPress

Text and image blocks may be the most frequently used blocks in Gutenberg, but there are many others that come standard with WordPress new editor.

Previously you would have had to install a plugin or use HTML to get the same results. Let me show you some of the really cool and useful new features in Gutenberg.

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