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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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Drupal 8 Composer and Configuration Management

Drupal development is changing fast, and with Drupal 8 there are lots of new tools to explore.

This week's new class is called "Drupal 8 Composer and Configuration Management" and covers the modern tools and techniques available to Drupal 8 site-builders. These have largely replaced the old standards like FTP and even Drush Make.

We'll use tools like Composer, Drush, Git, and Configuration Management and see how they all work together to make your Drupal 8 site development and management process faster, more efficient, and less error-prone.

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How to Develop WordPress Plugins

This week's new class is "How to Develop WordPress Plugins". The class a step-by-step guide to building your first WordPress plugin.

We've released the first 25 videos, and there's much more to come over the next few weeks and months.

In this class, you're going to build a plugin called "Big ToDo". You can click here to download the completed project. It installs and works just well as any plugin on WordPress.org.

The plugin uses a custom post type, a custom taxonomy and a shortcode for the output. As you build the plugin, you'll learn about the best practices for WordPress development, including how to follow the recommended coding standards.

This intro video gives you a feel for the class and introduces you to the plugin project:

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drupalcon baltimore

Yes, this is a bumpy time for Drupal. The Drupal controversy continues to rumble on with plenty community posts, and articles in major publications like Inc and Techcrunch.

Still, we'd love to see you at DrupalCon Baltimore next week.

This year's conference really has much to recommend it.

The location is great. Baltimore is one of the most intriguing and underrated cities in the US. Most people know it for "The Wire", but the downtown is really a lively and walkable waterfront location.

The conference seems like it will be really popular. Our training has sold out. Three times over. That's very abnormal. We've done DrupalCon for nearly 10 years and have often scrambled to fill seats at the last minute.

Why is this year's DrupalCon doing so well? Perhaps it's because Baltimore is so close to Washington DC. The training rosters are full of attendees from government organizations like the IRS and the EPA. The last time DrupalCon was in this area was 2009. In retrospect, that was perhaps the best year in Drupal's history with the launch of WhiteHouse.gov, Acquia's first year in business, and the rapid growth of DrupalCon attendance. Hopefully, some of that 2009 magic will rub off on this year's event.

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Drupal 8 Explained is Here

Today, we're delighted to launch Drupal 8 Explained.

This is the Drupal 8 version of the best-selling and best-reviewed Drupal 7 book.

Drupal 8 is an amazingly powerful system, but many newcomers can find it confusing. We wrote this book to make Drupal 8 as simple and straight-forward as possible.

Using Drupal 8 Explained, you can master Drupal 8 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. We hope you enjoy Drupal 8 Explained just as much.

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Publishing is Broken For Open Source Books. Let's Try and Fix It.

The TV industry was stuck in a declining business model until subscription services like Netflix arrived.

The music industry was stuck in a declining business model until subscription services like Spotify arrived.

The publishing industry is still stuck today. This is particularly true for books about major open source platforms, where there are several key problems:

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Magento 2 Videos and Building on Accidental YouTube Success

18 months ago, the OSTraining YouTube channel was a sleepy place.

Then we ran a little Kickstarter project and accidentally ended up with over 1 million views. We thought the videos would help some people learn Drupal 8. We had no idea the videos would go viral. That surprise success led to partnerships with GoDaddy, InMotion Hosting and other companies. 

Here's a chart showing views for videos on our YouTube channel. You can see a very sharp increase in late 2015, when the Drupal 8 Beginner class arrived.

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Our 4 Main Drupal 8 Classes Are Ready for 8.3

Earlier this week, we wrote about the new features coming in Drupal 8.3.

I'm happy to say that our 4 main Drupal 8 classes are now ready for 8.3.

Over the last few weeks, we've steadily gone through all 200+ videos in those 4 classes, and updated any that were out-of-date.

These are our 4 largest classes, and they are fundamental for anyone wanting to learn Drupal 8:

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drupalcon baltimore

Want to visit one of the most intriguing and underrated cities in the US?

DrupalCon Baltimore is in April, and you should come join us.

DrupalCon Baltimore is going to be one full week of Drupal with sessions, business events, education, and fun.

If you haven't been there, Baltimore is a wonderful surprise. DrupalCon is going to be downtown in the Inner Harbor district, right on the waterfront. The whole area is walkable and full of restaurants and breweries, plus museums and attractions.

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How to Develop Joomla Components. Part 1: the Administrator

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

I'm delighted to release another in a series of several Joomla development classes. 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 1: the Administrator". These videos follow on from "How to Develop Joomla Modules" and "How to Develop Joomla Plugins". 

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We're delighted to say that our A-to-Z course on Podcasting is now live for OSTraining members.

Podcasting is exploding in popularity and can be a great way to drive awareness and revenue for your business.

The Podcasting pathway consists of over 50 videos that cover preparation, equipment, production, editing and publishing your podcast. This really is the best guide to podcasting you'll find anywhere.

The class is taught by Jeff Large, who has hosted several successful podcasts for himself, and for clients. Watch these videos, follow along with Jeff, and you'll get an easy-to-understand introduction to every aspect of running a podcast. You'll learn about the best format your podcast and the best equipment to use. You'll see how to use the open source Audacity software for editing your podcast. And, you'll learn about how to publish your podcast using open source tools.

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Podcasting is exploding in popularity and can be a great way to drive awareness and revenue for your business.

Today, we're delighted to launch a new series, "The Absolute Beginners Guide to Podcasting".

Theses classes cover preparation, equipment, production, editing and publishing your podcast. This really is the best guide to podcasting you'll find anywhere.

The class is taught by Jeff Large, who has hosted several successful podcasts for himself, and for clients. Watch these videos, follow along with Jeff, and you'll get an easy-to-understand introduction to every aspect of running a podcast.

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Magento is one of the two or three most popular e-commerce solutions in the world.

Magento is incredibly powerful but also has a reputation for being difficult to learn. This week's new class is designed to solve that problem. "The Beginners Guide to Magento" is the best guide to Magento 2 you'll find anywhere.

Watch these videos, follow along with Robert, and you'll get an easy-to-understand introduction to every aspect of running a Magento site. During the class, you'll build an e-commerce site that sells coffee products. You'll use the free, Community version of Magento 2.

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How to Use the UIkit Design Framework

UIkit is a lightweight and modular front-end framework, developed by YooTheme, who are also famous for their Joomla and WordPress designs.

UIkit is a standalone framework that doesn't rely on any particular CMS. UIkit gives you a comprehensive collection of HTML, CSS, and JS components which is simple to use, easy to customize and extendable.

This week's new class is "How to Use the UIkit Design Framework". Follow along with these videos. You'll take a non-responsive HTML website and convert it into a powerful, responsive, grid-based design.

We recently published classes on two more popular design frameworks, Bootstrap, and Zurb, so you'll be able to easily compare these design frameworks.

 

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The Beginners Guide to WordPress

WordPress is almost constantly changing, so our videos need regular updates to remain useful.

We have completely updated the 40 videos in "The Beginners Guide to WordPress" class so that they're ready for WordPress 4.7.

This class teaches you everything you need to get started with WordPress. This is a Beginner class and is aimed at people who are completely new to WordPress.

  • In the first part of the class, you'll create content and learn how to handle text and images.
  • In the second part of the class, you'll add extra features to your site with plugins.
  • In the third part of the class, you'll learn to control the design of your site with themes.
  • In the final two parts of the class, you'll learn how to manage your site and keep it safe.

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How to Get OSTraining to Sponsor Your Event

One of the wonderful things about the open source community is the number of events. Every week, there are multiple WordCamps, DrupalCamps, Joomla Days and other PHP events.

A few times every week, we get an email from event organizers.

Because there are so many events, it's not easy for us to sponsor every one, but we love to try and help.

Here's how to increase your chances of a "Yes":

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The WordPress Beginner Class is Free, Thanks to GoDaddy

The holidays are here, so read this WordPress news to bring you good cheer.

We're launching the best, free way to learn WordPress.

One year ago, we published "The Drupal 8 Beginner Class" on YouTube. That class now has nearly 1 million views, and is the first place that many people go to learn Drupal.

Today, we're delighted to launch "The WordPress Beginner Class". The class has 40 videos that are all fresh for WordPress 4.7. And, of course, they're 100% free!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UwGzUOA0F6o&list=PLtaXuX0nEZk-rRfsl8lclMY5TncDmAUBm&index=1

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