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Follow Along With Zac Gordon and the React Explained Book

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 he 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.

Today, I'm delighted to say we're working with Zac on a book, "React Explained".

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Come and Join Us at DrupalCon Nashville

Want to visit one of the most fun cities in the US?

DrupalCon Nashville is in April, and you should come join us.

DrupalCon Nashville is going to be one full week of Drupal with sessions, business events, education, and fun.

If you haven't been there, Nashville is a wonderful surprise. DrupalCon is going to be downtown Nashville, right on the waterfront. The whole downtown is walkable and full of restaurants and bars, plus country music museums and attractions. It feels like a smaller version of New Orleans, with mid-West rather than Cajun influences.

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How to Build Magento Themes

This week's new class is a complete beginners guide to Mautic, the open source platform for marketing automation.

"Marketing Automation Using Mautic" will help you create your first inbound marketing campaigns with Mautic.

In a world where marketing automation tools often cost over $1,000 per month even to get started, why not look at open source alternatives?

In this class, you'll learn how to create meaningful communication with your customers and let automation do the busy work for you. The lessons will cover all the fundamentals of Mautic, from installation and configuration to campaigns and outcomes.

Mautic can help you, no matter what website builder you use. We'll show you how to integrate with WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, and other software.

If you're new to this type of marketing, we have a complete introductory class for you.

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ospam a not

In 2014 here at OSTraining.com, we decided to stop the flood of spambots sending spam via forms on our site.

We tried one particular unobtrusive technique on some of our forms. (PS. We're big fans of Shack Forms here at OSTraining).

This method worked out much better than we could have expected. So, we decided to turn this into a Joomla plugin. This is how OSpam-a-not was born.

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How to Embed Buy Now Stripe Button in Drupal

Would you like to avoid a hassle of processing and keeping your online customers' card details? Stripe is a global online payment gateway you can quickly start using just for that.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to easily embed the "Buy Now" button from Stripe into your Drupal content. You will be able to integrate the Stripe Checkout even if you don't know how to write code.

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| Web Design
How to set FileZilla to view and edit code files with Notepad++

When installing and using FileZilla FTP client for the first time, it won't allow you to right-click files and instantly edit them using code editors, like Notepad++.

You want to quickly open and edit your PHP or SQL file but FileZilla won’t let you. In this tutorial, you will learn how to set your FileZilla to open and edit files in Notepad++ code editor.

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| Drupal
unique look to google maps

Google Maps don't look appealing or pretty by default when you embed them in your Drupal content. Nor do they always nicely coordinate with your site look and feel.

What if you found a way to give them a custom design? For example - your own color? In this tutorial, you will learn how to give your Drupal Google Maps a custom style with the Styled Google Map contrib module.

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10 Options for Multi-Vendor Shopping Carts

Multi-vendor e-commerce sites are really popular.

Sites such as eBay, Etsy and AliBaba have enormous reach and support with 100,000's of sellers on just one site.

However, multi-vendor sites are also really difficult to build and maintain. E-commerce itself is difficult enough, but when you multiply the number of transactions and vendors, you multiply all of the potential issues.

Still, we often get asked how to set up a multi-vendor site. For our members and our readers, here are options for building a multi-vendor site with open source software.

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How to Create Font Awesome Icons with CSS

Icons on a website are handy. They provide easy visual information, providing links to email forms, telephone numbers, maps and more.

Traditionally these icons have been graphics created using a graphic design programme such as Illustrator or Photoshop or downloaded from the many free graphics sites.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to create icons using just CSS and fonts. This will allow you to edit all your graphics with just a few lines of code. By using font-based graphics you also make your pages lighter and more responsive.

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| Podcasts
Pippin Williamson and a Lifetime Company

Patrick Rauland has just published the "WooCommerce Explained" book with us. You could say that he's a WooCommerce fan.

Patrick has used it as a customer, worked for their support team, developed core functionality, and led three releases as the official Product Manager for WooCommerce. Patrick now helps plan their yearly conference, WooConf.

Follow Patrick on Twitter at @BFTrick and check out his personal site at SpeakinginBytes.com.

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| Drupal
How to Use the New Media Features in Drupal 8.4

Since the release of Drupal 8.4 in late 2017, Drupal has contained new media handling features.

For many years, Drupal has shipped with almost no media handling. This was the most commonly requested feature whenever we did Drupal training.

In this tutorial, we'll walk you through how to use Drupal's new media options. We'll update this post as soon as Drupal 8.5 is available.

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WordPress Explained

Do you need to build a WordPress site? 

If you do, we have the book you need. The "WordPress Explained" book is available today.

This book teaches you everything you need to know to make a WordPress site. And, it does it in plain English, with a simple step-by-step approach.

WordPress Explained is available in ebook for OSTraining Book Club members and also on Amazon.

WordPress is an amazingly powerful system, but many newcomers can find it overwhelming. We wrote this book to make WordPress as simple and straight-forward as possible. 

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| WooCommerce

One of the most important elements on a product page is user generated content. This can take the form of pictures, reviews, star ratings, etc. All of this is called social proof. Social proof is a huge factor in someone else's purchase decision. Getting someone to buy a product from a random website is very hard. If you have a few reviews, that eases people's fears and they'll be more likely to buy.

You want to have reviews for your product. Even negative reviews can be good for your credibility. In a study by Reevoo, 95% of consumers think your reviews are fake if they are all positive. So you shouldn't be too quick to delete or block those negative reviews!

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