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Say "hello" to the 11th book from OSTraining. This new book introduces a new way to do local web development.

"Local Web Development With DDEV Explained" shows you how to do local development in a way that matches modern development workflows.

Mike Anello is a long-time member of the Drupal and web development communities. In this book, he recommends replacing WAMP, MAMP and similar tools with DDev-Local, a Docker-based system.

DDEV-Local is an open-source local development environment for PHP-based projects. It provides a robust and flexible setup for platforms such as Drupal, WordPress, and TYPO3.

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CSS Grid is revolutionizing the frontend web-design industry.

For the last 20 years, web designers have used CSS to lay out web pages. However, CSS has always been missing some key functionality. Designers had to rely on workarounds, such as tables, floats, and positioning.

Isn't it crazy that our main layout tool was so reliant on hacks and misused features?

CSS Grid is different and better.

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If you want to set up an online store, and already have an existing website, then Ecwid is a great solution. 

With Ecwid, you can embed your store (or single products) as simply as you would embed a YouTube video. This enables you to easily use Ecwid with WordPress or other platforms. 

This week we released a massive update to our Ecwid class. There are now over 30 videos in the "How to Use Ecwid for eCommerce Sites". 

Inside the class, there are several videos showing how to use Ecwid together with WordPress. If you're looking for a simpler alternative to WooCommerce, give Ecwid a try.

These videos are part of our eCommerce pathway, which covers all the major platform, including WooCommerce, Shopify, Magento and more.

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Bootstrap is the most popular design framework in the world. It's an HTML, CSS and Javascript framework that allows non-designers to create clean-looking websites and interfaces.

Earlier this week we looked at the numbers and discovered that between 50% and 70% of people who use a design framework choose Bootstrap.

Bootstrap is popular because it provides pre-built code that solves many of the tricky problems that slow down web projects.

This week's new class, "How to Use the Bootstrap 4 Framework", is the perfect introduction for anyone who wants to start using Bootstrap. These videos will show you how to use Bootstrap 4's grid system, and responsive features. You'll learn how to design menus, buttons, media and text. You'll also see how to safely override Bootstrap's defaults with your own code.

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Build a Shopify Site in 1 Hour

If you want to set up an online store, then Shopify is a great solution. It's one of the most popular eCommerce platforms in the world and has everything your store needs from products and variations to payments and shipping.

In this week's video release, Rod Martin shows you how to build a Shopify site in 1 hour. This 15 video class will help you get up-and-running with Shopify in just minutes.

This class adds to the eCommerce pathway, which now features classes on Shopify, WooCommerce, Magento, Easy Digital Downloads, Ecwid, Hikashop and more. 

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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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How to Build Multilingual WordPress Websites

This week's new class is a guide to building WordPress sites in multiple languages.

"How to Build Multilingual WordPress Websites" will help you create a single site with content in more than one language.

Did you know that around half of WordPress sites are non-English? That number is only going to increase in the next few years? This class will help you get conformtable with the international side of WordPress.

Watch these videos and you'll learn to translate the WordPress core, plus themes and plugins. You'll also see how to use WPML, the most popular plugin for multilingual WordPress sites.

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5 Software Platforms You Didn't Realize OSTraining Covered

Much of our time and effort at OSTraining goes towards covering the most high-profile platforms such as WordPress, Drupal, Joomla and Magento.

But there are 1,000's of videos in the OSTraining library and some of those cover other open source projects. I'm going to introduce you to 5 video classes you might not realize were in OSTraining's vaults. All of these software platforms are 100% free and open source. All of these software platforms give you useful tools for your daily work.

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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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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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Multilingual Joomla Explained

Today, we're delighted to launch a new book, "Genesis Explained".

Genesis Explained is a developer's guide to the Genesis Framework for WordPress.

Genesis is a powerful theme framework which empowers you to quickly and easily build incredible websites with WordPress.

Whether you're a novice or advanced developer, Genesis provides the secure and search-engine-optimized foundation that takes WordPress to places you never thought it could go. 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!

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OSTraining's 2018 Preview: Always Bet on Text

Happy New Year, everyone.

For me personally, this month marks 7 years of OSTraining and 10 years of doing online training full-time.

That's long enough to have been through a few cycles.

2017 was a relatively quiet year. There were almost no major releases. WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, Magento, Bootstrap - none of them had a blockbuster release last year.

That's all about to change in 2018.

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We're Ending Technical Support Subscriptions

As the years go by, businesses need to adapt to a changing market.

Customers want different things in 2018 than they did a few years ago.

In 2012, our business was 90% live training. One of our teachers flew to a city and stood in front of a room full of students. We then tried to mentor the students with ongoing support after the class.

In 2018, our business is 90% online training. 

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WordPress Explained

Do you need to build a WordPress site? 

The "WordPress Explained" book is coming to your rescue. Today, a beta version of this book is available to OSTraining members

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 initially available to OSTraining Book Club members.

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Building Joomla Extensions With Component Creator

In the other classes in the "Joomla 3 Development" pathway, we showed you how to code your own extensions.

In this week's class, "Building Joomla Extensions With Component Creator, we show you how to use the Component Creator service to speed up your development. This online tool quickly creates the complete, installable framework for your site.

In this class, Cory shows you how to create a com_movies extension with reviews, release dates, actors, genres and much more. All this without writing a line of code!

 

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Introduction to PHP, Part 2

This week's new class continues to build out the library of PHP lessons that's available to OSTraining members.

"Introduction to PHP, Part 2" follows directly on from "Introduction to PHP" and continues to build your knowledge of PHP. 

You'll learn about constants, loops, and switch and includes statements. Plus, you'll also get some great tips on debugging tools that are built into PHP.

These two classes are part of a larger series of PHP classes that also includes Introduction to Object Oriented PHP and How to Use phpMyAdmin. Look for even more new PHP classes over the next few months!

 

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WordPress Explained

Do you need to build a WordPress site? 

If you can wait a few weeks, the "WordPress Explained" book is coming to your rescue.

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

This book forms part of a web design library. Drupal 8 Explained, Joomla 3 Explained, and MySQL Explained are already available. Magento 2 Explained and WooCommerce Explained are scheduled for publication this year. Look for even more OSTraining books in 2018!

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How to Build Magento Themes

This week's new class is a complete beginners guide to Magento theming.

"How to Build Magento Themes" will help you create your very first Magento theme.

Enno Stuurman is a highly-experienced Magento developer and trainer. In this new class, he breaks down everything you need to know about building custom Magento 2 themes.

The class starts by taking a look at the default Luma theme. After learning about the structure of Luma, you'll use that knowledge to build your own unique theme. Enno covers Knockout.js, Require.js, Grunt, LESS and all the other tools you need to master Magento theming.

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Magento 2 Explained

Do you need to build an eCommerce site with Magento? 

Today, we're delighted to say that "Magento 2 Explained" is coming soon.

This book will teach everything you need to know to make a Magento 2 site. 

Magento has a reputation for being a complex platform, but we've successfully explained similar software before with Drupal, Joomla and MySQL. This book will be a fun and straightforward beginners guide to Magento 2.

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Multilingual Joomla Explained

Do you need to build a multilingual site with Joomla? 

Today, we're delighted to launch a new book, "Multilingual Joomla Explained".

This book teaches everything you need to know to make a multilingual Joomla site. Using this book, you can master multilingual Joomla sites. 

"Multilingual Joomla Explained" is for all Joomla users, from novice to expert. This book is a fun, hands-on introduction to building multilingual sites in Joomla. We guide readers step-by-step how to install new multilingual sites and update existing unilingual sites. 

This book uses practical examples and step-by-step instructions to show you how to translate Joomla articles, menus, modules, core extensions and non-core extensions.

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New Class: The Beginners Guide to Building Websites

Are you absolutely new to building websites? Then this week's new class is for you.

"The Beginners Guide to Building Websites" will help you create your very first website.

You'll learn about the 3 things you need to put your site online: code, a domain name, and hosting.

If you've just joined OSTraining and have never built a website before, take this class before you watch anything else.

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The Drupal Paragraphs Module

Over the last few months we've worked with more and more Drupal 8 sites. Those projects all had one thing in common ... they used the Paragraphs module.

Paragraphs is a very popular module for handling content in Drupal 8. Paragraphs works in a similar way to content fields, but also provides a wide range of options for the design, layout and grouping of your content. 

Instead of putting all their content in one WYSIWYG body field, end-users can choose on-the-fly between pre-defined Paragraph Types independent from one another. Paragraph Types can be anything from a simple text block or image to a complex and configurable slideshow.

If you use Paragraphs, you can give your site's content creators a tremendous amount of power and flexibility to create the layouts that they want.

This week's new class is called "How to Use the Drupal Paragraphs Module". You'll learn about all the key features available in Paragraphs.

 

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How to Use LESS

CSS stylesheets can become hard to manage on large projects. It can become a headache to manage hundreds or thousands of styles. 

LESS is a solution that designers use to make their CSS much more efficient. LESS allows you to use plain CSS, but also add programming features such as variables, mixins, and functions. You can create CSS code that is easy to re-use and extend. This makes learning LESS a very popular choice for coders, including those who build popular design frameworks, themes and templates.

This week's new class is called "How to Use LESS". You'll learn about all the key features available in LESS.

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Why Gutenberg? Because Everyone Loves Page Builders

If you are tuned into the WordPress world, you've heard one word many times over the last few weeks: Gutenberg.

On stage at WordCamp EU in mid-June, Matt Mullenweg unveiled the first version of Gutenberg. This is the new editor that may replace TinyMCE in the WordPress core.

This would be a mind-boggling radical change for WordPress. In recent years, they have developed a legendary reputation for always keeping backward compatability. Gutenberg would probably shatter that reputation. Gutenberg would likely break a lot of existing plugins. Many people would not be able to update easily.

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How to Develop Joomla Components. Part 2

For quite some time, Joomla development was the most requested topic by OSTraining members.

I'm delighted to release another major class in our Joomla development series. We've worked with Cory Webb, a Joomla developer since 2005, to produce a series of classes on building Joomla extensions.

This new class is called "How to Develop Joomla Components. Part 2: the Frontend", and follows on from "How to Develop Joomla Components, Part 1. The Administrator".

In these videos, you'll finish building the todo list component that was started in Part 1. 

Cory shows you how Joomla uses the MVC pattern for component development. You'll learn how to build Models, Views and Controllers in the recommended Joomla way.  You'll also see how to create router files and language files, plus how to package your work for distribution.

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Drupal 8 Explained is Here

Today, we're delighted to launch a new version of Drupal 7 Explained.

This is the first major revision for the best-selling and best-reviewed Drupal 7 book.

We originally wrote the book back in 2012, so it's long past time for an update! Drupal 7 is still going strong after all that time.

Using Drupal 7 Explained, you can master Drupal 7 by using step-by-step examples. 

The book walks you through a complete site-build, using a city called "Drupalville". You start by planning the site, then you build out content types, fields and Views, before moving on to themes, modules and site management.

Drupal 7 Explained has been used by 10,000's of readers, from individuals learning on their on, to students in university courses and DrupalCon classes.

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The Wright Framework for Joomla Templates

Wright is bootstrapped, responsive and lightweight. It's the best Joomla framework you'll find anywhere.

In this week's class, "The Wright Framework for Joomla templates", you'll learn how to use Wright to quickly create your own custom Joomla templates.

Simon Kloostra shows you how to install Wright and use Wright's default styles to quickly set up your template. You'll learn how Wright provides you with many of the Bootstrap's key features and components. You'll also be able to safely customize your template using custom CSS and PHP files that won't be over-ridden during any updates.

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joomla3e

Today, we're delighted to launch Joomla 3 Explained.

This is a completely updated version of the best-selling and best-reviewed Joomla 3 book.

The book covers all the new features in Joomla 3.7, including custom fields.

Using Joomla 3 Explained, you can master Joomla 3 by using step-by-step examples. 

The book walks you through a complete site-build, using a city called "Joomlaville". You start by planning the site, then you build out content and fields, before moving on to templates, extensions and site management.

Joomla 3 Explained has been used by 10,000's of readers, from individuals learning on their on, to students in university courses and Joomla Day classes. 

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How to Use Ecwid for eCommerce Sites

If you want to set up an online store, and don't want to set up a new website, then Ecwid is a great solution. Ecwid has everything you need to set up an e-commerce store, from products and categories to payments and shipping.

Once your store is created, you can embed Ecwid products (or your whole store) as simply as you would embed a YouTube video. This enables you to easily use Ecwid with Drupal, Joomla or WordPress.

This week we released a big expansion to our Ecwid class. There are now 13 new videos in "How to Use Ecwid for eCommerce Sites". Watch this videos and you'll be able to rapidly set up your store with Ecwid.

What's in the Ecwid class?

Introduction

  • Introduction to Ecwid

Products

  • How to Set Up Your First Ecwid Product
  • How to Set Up Ecwid Categories
  • How to Use Ecwid Product Types
  • How to Use Ecwid Product Options
  • How to Set up Related Products in Ecwid

Sales

  • How to Process Orders in Ecwid
  • How to Edit Orders in Ecwid
  • How to Manage Unfinished Sales in Ecwid
  • How to Understand Ecwid Customer Groups

Payments

  • How to Add a Payment Gateway in Ecwid
  • Ecwid and Square for Point-of-Sale

Shipping

  • Introduction to Shipping With Ecwid
  • How to Set Up Ecwid Shipping Zones
  • How to Set up Ecwid Shipping Methods
  • How to Customize Ecwid Shipping Per Product

Integration

  • WordPress Integration with Ecwid, Part 1
  • WordPress Integration with Ecwid, Part 2
  • Facebook Integration with Ecwid
  • Integrating Ecwid with a Custom Site

Customization

  • Branding Your Invoices and Emails
  • CSS and Ecwid
  • Making Style Changes in Ecwid
  • Customizing Ecwid with CSS

Advanced Payments

  • Configuring Taxes in Ecwid
  • Creating Coupons and Discounts

Marketing

  • Search Engine Optimization for Ecwid
  • The Ecwid App Marketplace
  • Adding Your Store to Other Marketplaces
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