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In this week's episode, I'm delighted to welcome back Zac Gordon. If you spend any time in the WordPress world, you've probably come across Zac. He's a really enthusiastic and charming teacher who specializes in JavaScript for WordPress. He's done video classes, online conferences, live talks, podcasts, video casts, you name it. He's been out there trying to teach people how to use JavaScript, particularly in the WordPress context.

For the first time, Zac's written a book, and he did it with OSTraining. React Explained is available now, and it teaches you how to use the React framework, which is increasingly popular in WordPress, but also Drupal, Magento, and other platforms. We talk with Zac about his background, his love of yoga, and also about why he decided to focus on React for his first book.

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WordPress is a great platform and has surprisingly flexible permissions. However, by default, the permissions system keeps to the WordPress philosophy of "Decisions, not options". This means that there are 5 user roles by default: Administrator, Editor, Author, Contributor and Subscriber. But you're not able to edit these roles without installing a plugin.

In this guide, I'll introduce 5 of the best plugins for customizing the permissions on your WordPress site. These plugins will allow you to customize the 5 default roles, and also create your own rules and permissions.

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| Web Design

As you already learned, the flex-grow property specifies how items grow (or expand) to fill the available space in the flex-container. The flex-shrink property specifies how items behave when there’s not enough space available for all of them to fit.

The default value for flex-shrink is 1. This means that all items shrink in an equal proportion.

Let’s demonstrate these concepts with an example.

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| Web Design

The old-fashioned technique to create icons used to be manually cropping images to work as icons.

This was extremely time-consuming. Now Google's Font Awesome icons solve this issue.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to place a Font Awesome icon in your Photoshop web document by simply typing in the icon's name.

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The server's folder and file permissions help with site security. If the permissions are too loose, they can be exploited by hackers. However, if the permissions are too strict, they can prevent legitimate admin actions, like installing themes.

This tutorial will show you a quick and easy way to fix folder and file permissions.

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Google Docs is a very popular service that is part of Google's Drive package.

Using Google Docs, you can edit and share your documents in real-time. There's no need to share endless files back-and-forth.

It is possible to embed Google Docs in WordPress. All you need is the Google Docs URL and a plugin called EmbedPress.

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If you are in charge of a WordPress multisite network, it can be very useful standardize your setup across all your sites.

However, WordPress doesn't have an easy way to standardize the permissions on multisites.

In this tutorial, I'll show you how to control permissions and user roles across your network.

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One of our members was wanting an efficient way to track which content needs review, so we created this tutorial for him.

WordPress has really useful features for content creation and maintenance. One of those features is the core "Pending Review" feature. "Pending Review" is one of two default statuses in WordPress, in addition to "Draft". Click here to see the difference between Pending Review and Draft.

We'll also show you how to use a really powerful plugin called PublishPress.

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WordPress is an amazingly powerful system, but many newcomers can find it hard to get started. A lot of the questions we get from beginners are around the installation process. How do I set up a test site? Do you need a localhost system? All of that is frustrating for new users.

So to make it easier to get started, we're give OSTraining users a free WordPress site so they can start learning quickly.

These test sites are available to OSTraining members, plus anyone who reads one of our WordPress books. You can use these sandbox sites to follow along with any of our videos or books.

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All OSTraining books are available via Amazon. You can buy the books in Kindle format.

We update the OSTraining books often, so people ask us how to get the updates on their Kindle.

In this guide, I'll show you how to get the updates. These processes don't work 100% of the time (Amazon's update process can be flaky), but these are the best options we've found.

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Genesis Explained is now up-to-date for Genesis 2.9, which was released in mid-March.

Nick Croft, the writer of Genesis Explained, follows closely along with the development of Genesis. Nick has made many contributions to the Genesis core, so when something changes, you can be sure it'll be included in the next version of Genesis Explained.

This update contains a whole new chapter called "Genesis Config and On Boarding Explained", plus lots of code updates. If you haven't see the new onboarding process in Genesis, it really does make life much easier. Click here to watch an intro video on the WPEngine site.

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Say "hello" to the 12th book from OSTraining. We're delighted to announce the launch of "React Explained" by Zac Gordon.

If you spend any time in the WordPress world, you've probably come across Zac Gordon. Zac is an enthusiastic and charming teacher who focuses on Javascript in WordPress. He borrowed the phrase "Learn Javascript Deeply" from Matt Mullenweg and made it into his personal slogan.

For the last several years, Zac has produced video classes, online conferences, live talks, and podcasts that focus on teaching you how to use Javascript in WordPress.

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This episode features Jason Coleman, who runs Paid Memberships Pro, one of the most successful plugins for running a membership site in WordPress.

Not only does Jason have his own membership site to sell extra features and support for Paid Memberships Pro, but he's also spent years looking at the membership sites of his customers. So Jason has all sorts of fascinating tips and tricks that he's picked up from his customers and applied to his own site. Hopefully, you'll be able to get some useful advice for running your own membership site.

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| Web Design

The flex-grow property specifies how a flex-item inside the flex container will grow - along the main axis - relative to its sibling items, taking into account the available space inside the flex container.

This tutorial will show you how to use the flex-grow property with an example.

Let’s start!

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WordPress allows you to create custom layouts for all of your pages. These custom layouts are called templates.

For example, if you have a web design blog, you can create a custom template that will put the PHP logo on every page about PHP.

Some themes come with many templates already created, but creating your own is a very simple process. 

In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a WordPress template that adds a PHP logo to all of your site PHP pages.

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The Gutenberg editor has revolutionized how we write in WordPress.

Gutenberg didn't only change how we write posts, but it also exposed many more WordPress features. In the old, "Classic" editor, you had a formatting toolbar that looked like Microsoft Word. In Gutenberg, you have the formatting options, but also easy access to extra features. Two of those new features are Widgets and Embeds. These are WordPress features that were previously very difficult to access when writing posts.

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