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FileFieldSources Logo The FileFieldSources module makes the Drupal file upload system much more user-friendly.

In our new video class, "the Drupal FileField Sources Module", Brian shows us how to implement these great additions for managing media in Drupal.

The FileField Sources module allows you to re-use files, attach server-side files uploaded via FTP, transfer files from a remote server, paste a file directly from the clipboard and more.

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video trainerDo you enjoy teaching WordPress?

Do you have between 10 and 40 hours per month?

If so, you should consider working with us as a WordPress video teacher.

Our WordPress video library has been built largely thanks to the wonderful work of Topher DeRosia. Topher's going to keep right on with us, but we're looking to produce even more WordPress material.

We can take care of all the technical details such as the video recording software, plus the editing and hosting of the videos. All you need to do is have the ability to share your intermediate-to-advanced understanding of WordPress.

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LoginToboggan Logo The LoginToboggan module offers several useful improvements to the Drupal login system.

In our new video class, "the Drupal LoginToboggan Module", Brian shows us how to use LoginToboggan.

LoginToboggan allows you to improve your site experience in several ways such as allowing user to login using their email address and sending them a welcome email when they join.

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WordPress Build a Restaurant LogoIn our new video class, "Build a Restaurant Site", Topher teaches you how to use WordPress to create a tasteful restaurant website.

Topher uses the Make theme, plus the Restaurant plugin to create a mouth-watering website.

This is our third WordPress class that focuses on practical, real-world examples. We also have classes on building Portfolio and Real Estate sites.

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This week, I messed up badly and owe an apology.

I published two video classes that were created by Brian Teeman.

I took Brian’s name, copyright photo and copyright biography and put them on those video classes as the teacher. I didn’t have permission to do that.

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jwc 14 logoThe Joomla team are doing something really different with this year's Joomla World Conference.

Instead of being stuck in a cavernous venue with people spread over dozens of different hotels, the team chose a different and more intimate route.

This week's Joomla World Conference is being held a resort in Cancun, Mexico and almost everyone will be staying at the venue. Hopefully this will make for a more social and collaborative conference.

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drupalcamp-ohioRod Martin, our Director of Training, is going back to DrupalCamp Ohio and he'd love to meet you there.

DrupalCamp Ohio is being held again at Ohio State University, which uses Drupal for many sites.

OSTraining is sponsoring the camp, and Rod will be presenting a session for the 4th year in a row. Rod's presentation is called the Absolute Beginners Guide to Drupal.

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SeblodIn this week's new Joomla class, James Morrell shows you how to build a restaurant website using SEBLOD, a content construction kit (CCK) for Joomla!.

If you need more than just a title and body for your Joomla content, then SEBOLD is a really good option.

With the help of SEBLOD, you can build complete content types and layouts while still using the Joomla content area to add your articles.

SEBLOD is used to power sites for several famous companies including General Electric and Lipton Tea.

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alledia logoWe have some news today about all the Joomla extensions currently hosted on OSTraining.

We're moving almost all our extensions from OSTraining.com to Alledia.com.

Why are we doing this? There are 3 main reasons:

  1. Clarity: OSTraining.com is a training site and it was confusing to also host software here.
  2. Ambition: We want to make our extensions great, and not just a small feature on OSTraining.com.
  3. Resources: Developing great extensions isn't cheap. We need room to provide financial support for our developers.

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New Video Class: Build a Drupal SiteOne of the most difficult things for Drupal beginners is understanding how the many pieces fit together.

How do you make sense of Views, Panels, Fields, Content types, Themes and more? Our answer is that you should use a workflow which clearly explains which step to take next.

In all our Drupal classes we use a workflow to make Drupal easier to understand and use.

In our new video class, "How to Build a Drupal Website", Steve teaches you how to use that workflow to build a good-looking Drupal business website in less than 60 minutes.

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WordPress is all about creating content. WordPress arrives with Posts and Pages, which you can organize using Categories and Tags.

But, what if you need more detailed content options that are unique to your site?

With the Pods Framework, you can create all of the content types and custom fields from within the WordPress admin area.

A WordPress website with Pods enabled is much more powerful and flexible than a WordPress website on its own.

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Drupal SEOSearch engine optimization for Drupal sites is not an easy task.

To fully optimize a site, you need to install and configure several key modules.

In this new class, Steve Burge introduces you to the SEO Checklist module, which provides you a complete list of modules that can help optimize your site.

Steve walks you through the SEO Checklist, explaining how to use all the recommended modules.

Drupal SEO Class Outline

  • Introduction
  • Tools
  • Metatags Module
  • Metatags Module Configuration
  • Integrations
  • URLs
  • Google Analytics
  • Webmaster Tools
  • Sitemap
  • Summary
  • Quiz

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Simple WordPress PaymentsWe have video classes on some of the most powerful WordPress shopping carts including WooCommerce and Easy Digital Downloads.

However, sometimes you just want to create a simple "pay me now" button in WordPress.

You want it simple, efficient, and most importantly, easy to use.

In this new class, Topher introduces us to Simple WordPress Payments, which uses the payment processor Stripe. This is easiest way to collect payments on your WordPress site.

How to Take the Simple WordPress Payments Class

If you're an OSTraining member, you can click here to take the Simple WordPress Payments class.

Course Outline

  • Introduction
  • Overview
  • Setup and Dashboard
  • Setup up an SSL Certificate
  • WP Full Stripe Plugin
  • Summary
  • Quiz

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Introduction to HTML5One of the first classes ever created at OSTraining has been completely overhauled! Our Introduction to HTML class has been significantly updated and expanded. There are over 40 new high-definition videos in this class.

HTML is the foundation for all web development. With the advent of modern browsers, a lot has changed in the past few years. In this update, Rod covers all the basics and discusses some of the new features of HTML5 and the semantic web.

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simple renew logoHere at OSTraining, we've made a lot of mistakes in building this site.

It's been really hard to run a successful subscription site. A couple of years ago, we wrote about the lessons we learned during the first years of this site.

Based on those lessons learned, we've been building the best and most reliable subscription software we possibly can.

That software is called Simple Renew, and today we released it for free.

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video trainerDo you enjoy teaching web design?

Do you have between 10 and 40 hours per month?

If so, you should consider working with us. We're hiring part-time teachers to create videos on all sorts of open source topics.

Our main focus is still Drupal, Joomla and WordPress. But we're also looking for coding teachers (especially PHP and Javascript frameworks) and teachers of other platforms (Magento, OpenCart, Prestashop, Ghost and more).

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Quick TabsIn this week's new Drupal class, Brian introduces you to the Quick Tabs module for Drupal.

The Quick Tabs module allows you to create blocks of tabbed content, specifically views, blocks, nodes and other tabs.

You can create a block on your site containing multiple tabs with corresponding content. Clicking on the tabs makes the content display instantly.

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Joomla 3 SEOThis week's new class, by Steve Burge, introduces you to Joomla search engine optimization.

Getting your Joomla! site indexed and ranked by Google (and other search engines) takes work, but Steve helps you make sense of what's important, what isn't, and provides some helpful extension suggestions along the way.

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Drupal Intermediate TrainingThis week's new class is actually an update to our very popular Drupal Intermediate class.

We first filmed our Drupal Intermediate class in 2011.  The class is one of the most important in our Drupal library: it shows you the complete site-building-process.

However, during the last three years, many of the modules we used in the class underwent major updates. So, it was time to give the class a major overhaul.

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WordPress Security TrainingThis week's new class is on WordPress Security.

Our WordPress teacher, Topher, is going to help you secure your WordPress site from hacks, bot attacks and user error.

Given the recent attacks on the WordPress core, plus on themes and plugins, this class is incredibly timely and helpful.

Topher gives us a comprehensive overview of securing a WordPress site. This class goes from the basics such securing your administration area, to some really advanced tools such as iThemes Security.

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joomla 3 explainedWe're holding an event called "Joomla 3 Day" this Thursday and Friday.

Joomla 3 Day will be like a free, online Joomla Day.

We're going to have a series of presentations and invite people to hang out, learn and ask questions of the expert presenters. The whole day will focus on Joomla 3.

The event is being held to mark the publication of Joomla 3 Explained. The book has been almost completely re-written to deal with Joomla 3.

We'd love you to join us on Thursday or Friday this week, either for 1 presentation or for all 18.

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Build a Joomla Town WebsiteThis week's new class is a site-building guide. We show you how to build a Joomla website for a small town.

In this class, we use many of the free downloads from OSTraining, plus JEvents, AllVideos, Joomla Content Editor and other popular extensions.

We recently released two similar classes for WordPress: "Build a WordPress Portfolio Site" and "Build a WordPress Real Estate Site". We think these guides are a great way for newcomers to understand the site-building process.

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joomla 3 explainedWriting a book is a long and exhausting process.

Getting to finally hold that book in your hands is what makes it all worthwhile.

We're delighted to say that, for Joomla 3 Explained, the long, hard part is over and the fun part has begun. Joomla 3 Explained started shipping this week.

To celebrate the arrival of Joomla 3 Explained, we have the best offer we've ever given to book readers.

Update: Offer is now finished.

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Joomla Directories with SobiProThis week's new class is on the SobiPro extension for Joomla.

Let us introduce you to SobiPro, a powerful directory extension for Joomla!.

With SobiPro you can create multiple directories with many different field types and many different types of available data. Whether you want to list businesses, restaurants or anything else, SobiPro is flexible enough to meet your needs.

Want to charge for listings or just for extra features such as photos? SobiPro has you covered there too.

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Drupal Social MediaEvery single Monday we launch a new video class.

We then announce the class with tweets, Facebook posts and Google+ messages. Many of those are sent automatically. There are also social links on the class announcement to help people share the news.

This week's new "Drupal Social Media" class shows you how to do similar things with your Drupal site:

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joomla 3 explainedWe released Joomla! Explained almost exactly three years ago.

That guide to Joomla 2.5 became the best-selling and best-reviewed Joomla book.

Now, we're delighted to announce a new edition of the book: Joomla 3 Explained. The book has been almost completely re-written to deal with Joomla 3.

Joomla 3 Explained will be available at the beginning of August. To celebrate we're holding a special "Joomla 3 Day".

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Drupal CommerceDrupal Commerce has long been one of our most requested topics. So we're really pleased to complete our 25-video class on Drupal Commerce.

To really accelerate your learning, OSTraining members get a copy of the book called "Building E-commerce Sites with Drupal Commerce".

Why is Drupal Commerce popular? Because it's the most reliable way to build an e-commerce site with Drupal.

Drupal Commerce is built on Drupal 7. It empowers you to build any type of eCommerce website, making as few hard-coded assumptions as possible about your business needs.

In this class, Rod introduces us to Commerce Kickstart, the distribution that saves you a lot of time getting a store up-and-running.

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