OSTraining’s tenth anniversary is coming up on November 18th!
This is a meaningful milestone, and we owe a huge “Thank You” to OSTraining’s members, viewers and readers. You made this decade possible. Some of you have been with us since even longer - since 2006 and 2007, when we first started training.
For many years, web developers have relied on WAMP, MAMP, XAMPP and other local development tools. However those tools have some severe limitations, particularly if you're working in a team environment.
Say "hello" to the 13th book from OSTraining. We're delighted to announce the launch of "Flexbox Explained" by Jorge Montoya and Steve Burge.
Flexbox Explained is a fun and enjoyable introduction to Flexbox.
Over the last fifteen years, Steve and Jorge have worked as web designers. It's been a fascinating time.
For many years, the most popular way to design websites was with frameworks such as Bootstrap and Foundation. We needed these frameworks because they added many essential features. The core features of CSS weren't enough for modern web development.
If you use WordPress in a professional way, you've probably come across Zac Gordon.
WordPress is an amazingly powerful system, but many newcomers can find it hard to get started. A lot of the questions we get from beginners are around the installation process. How do I set up a test site? Do you need a localhost system? All of that is frustrating for new users.
So to make it easier to get started, we're give OSTraining users a free WordPress site so they can start learning quickly.
These test sites are available to OSTraining members, plus anyone who reads one of our WordPress books. You can use these sandbox sites to follow along with any of our videos or books.
Genesis Explained is now up-to-date for Genesis 2.9, which was released in mid-March.
Nick Croft, the writer of Genesis Explained, follows closely along with the development of Genesis. Nick has made many contributions to the Genesis core, so when something changes, you can be sure it'll be included in the next version of Genesis Explained.
Say "hello" to the 12th book from OSTraining. We're delighted to announce the launch of "React Explained" by Zac Gordon.
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!
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.