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Adobe Are the New Owners of Magento

Adobe has just purchased Magento for $1.68 billion.

This deal is not a big surprise. People were predicting it a couple years ago, when Magento started partnering with Adobe. Karen Baker, a figurehead in the Magneto Community, wrote that the community had been expecting something like this.

This also isn't the first time Magento has been sold. Back in 2011, Magento was sold to eBay. That deal is generally considered to be a failure, and eBay sold Magento in 2015. Hopefully, Adobe will turn out to be better owners of Magento than eBay. 

Let's look at this deal from several angles ...

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What are Website Internationalization and Localization?

When you build multilingual websites you will probably come across two keywords, "Internationalization" and "Localization".

These are complicated words for fairly straightforward ideas. In this guide, I'll explain what Internationalization and Localization are, and what you need to understand about them when building your multilingual site.

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Alternative to the Co-Authors Plus WordPress Plugin

Do you accept guest blog posts on your WordPress site?

It's a great way to drive traffic to your site, improve your SEO, and create connections with other bloggers.

However, by default, everyone who writes on your WordPress site has to have a user account. So to accept a guest author post, you need to create a user account that the author may never use.

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Top 8 Alternatives to Google PageSpeed Insights Tool

PageSpeed Insights is a great website speed testing tool from Google.

Millions of webmasters across the globe use it on a daily basis to measure performance and loading speed of their sites. 

When it comes to testing, you may want to diversify your toolset though.

In this blog post, you will look at the top eight alternatives to Google's PageSpeed Insights.

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Updated Class: How to Use WooCommerce

WooCommerce is probably your best choice for eCommerce in WordPress.

WooCommerce is hugely popular and now powers over 40% of all online stores. It is so commonly used that WooCommerce was purchased by Automattic and Matt Mullenweg back in 2015. This might be controversial to say, but it is close to being the "official" WordPress eCommerce plugin.

In this week's video release, Rod Martin updates our WooCommerce class. This class is now over 30 videos long and covers every aspect of getting started with WooCommerce.

The lessons are based on the WooCommerce Explained book. Join OSTraining today and you'll get access to both the books and videos.

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| Drupal
How to Manage User and Role Permissions in Drupal 8

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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How to Build User Profiles With Fields in Drupal 8

By default, a Drupal 8 user account collects only very basic information about the user. 

And, most of that information is not visible to visitors or other users on the site.

Fortunately, Drupal makes it easy to modify and expand this profile so that people can add useful information about themselves such as their real name (versus a username), address, employer, URLs, biography, and more.

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How are Open Source Projects Planning to Comply With the GDPR Law?

We're just over 2 weeks away from the launch of the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) law in Europe.

If you need some general background on the GDPR itself, this podcast from a16z is a great introduction.

With only a month remaining, open source projects are finally talking more about how their getting ready for the new law. One thing most people can agree on is that compliance will not be easy and changes will be needed.

After looking into the approach of different projects, I can divide them into three different groups.

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TemplateMonster or Wix What Is a Better Choice

You have a number of tools available to power your website creation and growth today.  And they are quickly getting more and more comprehensive and newbie-friendly year after year.

Having a wide array of options is always great, isn’t it? However, the more you have to choose from, the harder it is to make a choice.

In this post, I will compare the two most popular go-to places to jump-start a process of your website creation: TemplateMonster vs. Wix.

Let’s get started!

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| Drupal
Videos to Get you Started with Drupal Development
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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How to Create a Search Box with a Sliding Effect in Drupal 8

One of OSTrainings members asked how to create a search box with a sliding out effect. Their goal was to arrive at the search box similar to the one you can find at the top of Drupal's own website.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a search box that expands once you clicked on its icon. Also, while it stays expanded until you close it, it will keep blurring out your main menu.

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