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commentsWe have a support forum with tens of thousands of questions. 

We also have a training area with over a thousand videos.

However, until now we haven't connected the two. It wasn't easy to start a discussion about a particular video.

Today we've connected our videos and forum so that there will always be a discussion area beneath each video.

If you're watching a video and have a question, go ahead and ask us right away.

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drupalcamp floridaIt's great to go to open source events in interesting locations. Florida DrupalCamp is a great example.

Florida DrupalCamp is going to be in Orlando on Saturday, April 20th.

Orlando is full of tourist attractions and less than an hour from the beach. It's perfect for a weekend away.

We're going to be at Florida DrupalCamp, doing a whole track of Drupal beginner training. Steve and Rod from our team will be teaching 6 sessions going from an introduction to Drupal to VIews and Panels.

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contributorsHere at OSTraining we place a lot of value on blogging. 

Every year, we publish over 300 high-quality tutorials on Joomla, Drupal, WordPress, SEO and Coding.

We blog to share what we know and we blog to answer questions that our members ask.

In 2013, we're looking for more people to join our team as bloggers.

If you'd like to write with us, read on.

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gif-formatHere at OSTraining we always aim to provide the very best training for our members.

In order to do that, we need to constantly improve by embracing the latest technology.

Today, we're happy to announce that we're upgrading all our videos to a new format.

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spamWe're delighted to launch our latest Drupal class, "Mollom".

If you would like to allow anonymous users to create an account, create content, or comment on your site, you'll need to install some form of spam protection.

The best solution for Drupal is Mollom, which was created by Dries Buytaert, the founder of Drupal. Mollum is free for personal websites.

In this class, Brian shows you how to protect your site with Mollom. You'll see how to use Captcha and text analysis protection. You'll also learn how to create blacklists of regular spammers and how to keep statistics on your spam protection efforts.

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drupalcon-portlandAre you looking for a good excuse to get out of the office, head somewhere interesting and learn some new skills?

DrupalCon Portland is in May, and you should come with us.

DrupalCon Portland is going to be one full week of Drupal with sessions, business events, training and some hiking in the Cascade Mountains.

We're delighted to have been chosen to hold training for DrupalCon again.

Our training is called the Absolute Beginners Guide to Drupal.

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backupWe're delighted to launch our latest class, "Backup and Migrate".

The Backup and Migrate Module is one of the "must have" modules for any Drupal 7 website.

Brian Lewis from Modules Unraveled shows you how to back up, restore or move your Drupal site.

You'll learn how to schedule regular backups and store backups on Amazon S3, Rackspace and other locations.

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drupal-gtd-240Drupal Global Training Days is an initiative by the Drupal Association (D.A.) to introduce new and beginning users to Drupal.

Four times every year, the D.A. partners with training companies to hold free and low cost training events. The next Drupal Global Training Day is on Friday, March 15th, and we're happy to announce that OSTraining is taking part.

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FilePbfSome of our staff will be participating in Joomla's Pizza, Bugs, and Fun (PBF) event on Saturday, March 16th, 2013, and we'd like you to join us in the fun.

Joomla's PBF events are one day events for the main purpose of squashing bugs before a release, while having fun and engaging with the Joomla community.  

They are usually virtual events with some live local venues around the world. For the virtual attendance, you can come and go as you'd like, however for some of the local local venues, pre-registration is required.

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OSDownloadsOver the last few years, we've released 8 Joomla extensions, 1 WordPress plugin and 2 Joomla templates.

However, they weren't always easy to find. Some were free, some were commercial and all of them were scattered across our site.

No longer. We've finally organized our free downloads and made them all available for free.

To organize our downloads we use OSDownloads. It was previously a commercial extension but is now free for everyone.

Click here to visit our new downloads area

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joomladay-bostonSome events are really well timed.

Joomla Day Boston is one of those events. It's taking place in Boston on Saturday, March 16th.

The next day is St. Patricks Day and there are few places better to celebrate that day than Boston.

We have free tickets available for Joomla Day Boston and also for Joomla Day Guatemala in April.

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where's ostrainingNow winter has passed, conferences and trainings are really starting up again.

This month we've got 5 teachers who are going to be up and down the U.S. East Coast.

We've also got a 1 month free trial available for anyone who meets us at an event. If you're coming to WordCamp Atlanta or Joomla Day Boston, come and find one of our team. We'll be wearing OSTraining t-shirts and will have coupons that allow you to enjoy OSTraining for a month.

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WordCamp AtlantaOSTraining is based in Atlanta, and we're delighted to be able to attend so many great local events.

Next month, we're going to be at WordCamp Atlanta. We'd love to meet you there.

The event is being held over 2 days, a Friday and a Saturday. Steve from OSTraining is giving the presentation, "How to Make Great WordPress Videos" during the Saturday session.

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Grand Rapids: Going Further With WordPressGoing Further With WordPress is a special OSTraining class in Michigan next month.

Rather than simply using WordPress as a blog, we'll show you how to turn WordPress into a true Content Management System.

This 3-day class is being taught by Topher DeRosia who created our WordPress Beginner, Intermediate and Theme Design classes.

Topher's going to teach attendees how to use Custom Content Types to create powerful, data-driven websites.

Don't worry if you can't make it to Michigan. We're going to record the whole class and make it available as part of our online training.

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where's ostrainingNow that January has passed, conferences and trainings are really starting up again.

This month we're going to be up and down the U.S. East Coast.

If you can catch up with us at any of these events, we'll give you a free OSTraining membership. All you need to do is come up and say, "Hi!"

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Drupal Views SlideshowWe're delighted to launch our latest class, "Drupal 7 Views Slideshow".

This class is taught by Brian Lewis from Modules Unraveled and will show you how to create great slideshows in Drupal.

The Views Slideshow module is one of the most popular modules for Drupal. It can be used to create a slideshow of anything that can be displayed with Views!

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Responsive DesignWe're delighted to launch our latest class, "Introduction to Responsive Design".

This class is taught by Rod Martin and will show you how think about and use responsive design.

In this class we cover the basic principles of responsive design and show you how to use Bootstrap, the framework behind many of today's mobile-friendly websites.

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nexusDuring December we ran two prize competitions.

First, we gave away prizes to people who took our annual survey. One lucky winner took home a Nexus 7 tablet from Google. It's said to be the best open source tablet available today. There were nearly a dozen other prizes given out.

Second, we gave away some free Template Monster designs.

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Pathauto Class

We're delighted to be able to launch our Drupal Pathauto class today.

In this class, Brian Lewis will show you how to automatically generates URLs for your site's content, taxonomy terms, user profiles and more.

Brian covers three modules: Pauthauto, Sub-pathauto and Redirect. He explains what each module does, and when it should be used on your site.

Click here to watch the full Drupal Pathauto class.

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template-monsterTemplate Monster are one of the most popular places to get designs for your website.

They have over 1800 WordPress themes, 1200 Joomla templates and 700 Drupal themes available.

This holiday season, we're giving away some free Template Monster designs.

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surveyEvery year, we ask you for your opinion about OSTraining.

We ask for your feedback on 3 things:

  1. What we're doing right at OSTraining.
  2. What we can do better.
  3. What new features and classes you'd like to see.

We value your opinion, but also your time.

Thanks to all who took the survey. It's now closed for this year.

 

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Drupal Workbench ModuleWe're pleased to launch our 13th full Drupal class: Workbench.

Workbench is a whole suite of modules that introduces improvements to the way content is managed in Drupal.

Workbench provides a single user interface for users who only need to work with content. It adds usability improvements so that there's no need to "learn Drupal". It allows you to set editor permissions based on your organization's structure, not your website's.

Workbench allows you to create many different editorial workflows. For example, you can allow users to create content, but not publish it. You could also allow some other users to review content and decide whether it needs an additional revision, or that it is ready to be published.

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drupalcamp-ohioRod Martin, our Director of Online Training, is going back to Ohio this week.

OK, it's only 20 minutes from where he lives, but Rod's excited to go ... he'll be presenting again at DrupalCamp Ohio. 

Last year he spoke for an hour in a presentation called the Absolute Beginners Guide to Drupal (ABGD). 

This year, Rod was invited back to present the ABGD again, only this year the presentation is longer. Rod will be teaching for 2 1/2 hours.

DrupalCamp Ohio starts on Friday. Click here for details of Rod's presentation and click here to sign up for DrupalCamp Ohio.

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drupal-globalFour times every year, the Drupal Association runs a Global Drupal Training Day.

The goal of the event is to teach as many people as possible to use Drupal.

We take part in every Global Drupal Training Day, and it's going to be held again on December 14th.

For the December event, we're giving away free Drupal training and also holding a 1 day, online training session.

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jwcThis week our whole team is flying to California for the first ever Joomla World Conference.

The conference is being held in Silicon Valley, and is hosted by eBay, one of the world's biggest Joomla users.

All our teachers and support staff will be there. It'll be a great chance to hang out, learn, drink, and have some fun in the California sun.

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Before the end of 2012, there will be over 1000 training sessions on OSTraining.com.

Even with that much training, I'm sure there are extra classes you'd like to have added:

  • Perhaps you'd like a Joomla class on Virtuemart or Hikashop?
  • Perhaps you'd like a Drupal class on subscription sites or the Omega theme?
  • Perhaps you'd like a WordPress class on SEO or responsive design.
  • Perhaps you'd like a coding class on Javascript or HTML5?

With the launch of our new site, we now have an OSTraining Ideas area. You can suggest and vote for the classes that you'd like to see added to OSTraining.

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moved siteOver the last couple of months we've been working hard on updating the software that runs OSTraining.com. This weekend, we finally completed those updates.

We tried hard to make the transition as smooth as possible, so hopefully you won't immediately notice many differences. 

However, there are two major improvements on the new site.

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Drupal Responsive ImagesLast week we had a major new class launch with Joomla 3.

This week we have a short but useful series on using responsive images in Drupal.

In this class, Brian will show you how to setup your site to automatically display images using different image styles based on the size of the browser window, so that everything looks exactly the way you want across all devices.

Brian shows you useful modules and how to set up your responsive CSS styles in Drupal. He also shows you how to create a responsive slideshow.

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