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| General
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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| Tools
How to Install Linux Xubuntu Under Your Windows OS

Do you have to reboot your computer to switch it between Windows and Linux now and then? Then you know that those reboots slow down your productivity.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to install a Linux operating system Xubuntu under your Windows OS using VirtualBox and save yourself some time.

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error 1045 phpmyadmin

After installing a local WAMP server and trying to access your phpMyAdmin, you may encounter the error:

#1045 Access Denied for user 'root'@'localhost' (using password: YES).

This may happen if your root@localhost database user was not granted the necessary rights to access the database. Or if you provided a wrong password.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to solve this error for the WAMP local server using phpMyAdmin.

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| WordPress
handle spam without captcha

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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| Podcasts
Pippin Williamson and a Lifetime Company

Nick Croft has just published the "Genesis Explained" book, which is a developers guide to the most popular theme framework in WordPress.

Nick worked as a full-time support person for Genesis, before moving on to work as a developer on the framework. He later became a SaaS architect for the Rainmaker Platform, built on Genesis. Even before he literally wrote the book, he wrote the figurative book on Genesis. Nick is also a core contributor to Genesis and has multiple, popular Genesis plugins.

Follow Nick on Twitter at @nick_thegeek and check out his personal site at NickGeek.com.

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WooCommerce Explained

Today, I'm delighted to announce the official launch of "WooCommerce Explained".

This book will teach everything you need to know to make a WooCommerce site. And, it will do it in plain English, with a simple step-by-step approach.

We've partnered with Patrick Rauland for this book. Patrick was project lead at WooCommerce and currently helps to run WooConf, the official developers' conference.

WooCommerce is the most popular eCommerce platform on the web and is capable of selling anything, whether it's physical products, digital products or services. If you want to spend less time struggling with complex instructions, and more time building sites that make you proud, this is the book for you! This book is over 250 pages long and is packed with WooCommerce knowledge.

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| Web Design
Use Font Awesome in Photoshop Designs

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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| WordPress
WordPress and WooCommerce as oEmbed Providers

You probably know that WordPress makes it easy to embed social media in Posts and Pages.

But did you know that you can easily embed snippets from WordPress posts and WooCommerce products in other content, using just a URL?

Here's an overview of how WordPress allows you to share posts on other sites (and even your own site).

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