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This week's new video class brings the new Gutenberg editor to the OSTraining library.

"The Beginners Guide to WordPress" is now 100% up-to-date for the new era of WordPress blocks. The new videos talk about Gutenberg in depth, from using your first blocks, to creating your own block library.

Here's an introductory video from the new, Gutenberg-infused, WordPress beginner class. This video introduces some of the cool new block options in Gutenberg. It even shows you how to use the old Classic Editor inside a block!

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In a previous blog post, we explained that the new Gutenberg editor has moved many key text features into blocks. The same is true with images in Gutenberg.

In the old WordPress editor, you could click "Add media" and use many image and media features from that pop-up screen. That has all changed with Gutenberg.

In this tutorial, I'll walk you through the options for handling images in Gutenberg.


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Gutenberg comes with a variety of different standard blocks as part of the editor. Many of these standard blocks allow you to add text.

Your first experience with Gutenberg is probably going to involve text blocks. If you just start typing on a new page or post, you have created a "Paragraph" block.

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Gutenberg is more than just blocks. It lets you layout a page using columns, thus providing greater flexibility with the look of your page. You can create columns and rows with a variety of different content in both.

As can be expected with such a new release there are some limitations, but it still represents a great step forward. In this tutorial, you will look at using columns in the WordPress Gutenberg editor.

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WordPress 5 is here with a brand new editor that changes the way posts and pages are created and edited. Here we provide an overview on how to use the new editor and what to do when upgrading existing sites.

The new Gutenberg editor uses a block-based system to provide flexibility with how content is displayed. This allows you to insert text, images, multimedia content, code, quote, buttons, and much more, with ease.

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Genesis Explained is the latest OSTraining book to be updated. This new release talk about the recently sale of Genesis to WPEngine.

This release also included updates for Genesis 2.7 and 2.7.1, both of which arrived last week and the book already reflects those week.

Nick Croft, the writer of Genesis Explained, has been following along with the development of Genesis. He even got some core contributions in this cycle.

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So you have everything ready for launch and your site is sitting on your local computer. You're ready to move WordPress to the "real" server and start publishing.

Here's a step-by-step tutorial on how to export and import your data base, and get WordPress running on the new server.

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Did you know that every WordPress site can embed posts from every other WordPress site? WordPress sites are oEmbed providers.

Out-of-the-box, your embeddable posts will take on the look and feel of the WordPress core default template. In this blog post, you will learn how to make your embeddables consistent with the look and feel of your own template.

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WordPress themes makes it possible to give your users control of many aspects of their site's designs.

One of the most common design features in themes are featured images. Many bloggers love to use large, high-quality images for their posts.

In this tutorial, I'm going to show you how to add featured image support in a custom WordPress theme.

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Although Drupal has reputation for being a developers' platform, lots of user rely on Drupal's admin area for key tasks.

For typography in Drupal sites, the best way to change your site's fonts via the admin is a module called @font-your-face

The @font-your-face module allows you to work with webfonts like Google Fonts or Font Squirrel. It also provides the ability to work with paid font services like Typekit or fonts.com.

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to configure and use this module in Drupal 8.

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If you have a multilingual website, it's worth thinking about the SEO challenges you'll face.

Most website owners only need to optimize for one language. Simply adding another language doubles the amount of optimization work you need to do. Plus, you need to think about another version of Google, with different competitors and different challenges.

SEO concerns a real with multilingual websites. In this guide, based on advice from the "How to Build Multilingual WordPress Sites" class, we'll focus on key ways you can improve your site's SEO.

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Until the middle of 2017, it wasn't possible to install any plugins on WordPress.com. If you used WordPress.com, you got a very stripped-down WordPress experience. However, that has started to change recently, and users on higher-level WordPress.com plans can now install their own plugins.

Last week, I was helping out a friend with a WordPress.com site and stumbled upon their WooCommerce store. I hadn't been into WordPress.com for some time, and was surprised by how different the experience was. I knew the "Posts" screen was different, but had no idea that WooCommerce also looks very different on WordPress.com.

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In this blog post, I'm going to show you to enable Drupal users to select entities using the "Entity Browser" module.

This tutorial was requested by an OSTraining customer who is building a book review site. The customer wanted to use Entity Browser so that they can create this feature:

  • The site has two content types: Books and Book Reviews.
  • When users create a new Book Review, they can use a view to search for and select the book they're reviewing. For example, if they're reviewing "War and Peace", they can search for the exisiting "War and Peace" node.
  • When the book review is published, the selected node will be embedded inside the book review.

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Spam is more than an irritation. It can reduce your productivity. Sometimes the spam prevention can be as bad as the spam itself, making your visitors spot similar images, do maths sums or answer questions to prove that they are human.

This can put people off interacting with your website. Fortunately, WordPress has plugins that can handle spam transparently, without creating irritation to either you or your visitors. In this blog post, you will take a look at two of them.

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The new Gutenberg editor is due to arrive with WordPress 5.0 on November 27.

We're already starting to see new types of Gutenberg-specific plugin. These aren't old plugins that have a layer of Gutenberg comptability. These are new plugins that a block-first. They're built for the new Gutenberg era.

One of the most popular of these new plugins is Advanced Gutenberg from JoomUnited. This plugin provides over 20 new blocks. It's helpful to think of them in two categories:

  1. Better versions of the default Gutenberg blocks.
  2. Entirely new blocks not covered by the Gutenberg defaults.

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