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DrupalCamp Atlanta is coming up this week.DrupalCamp Atlanta

This Saturday, October 27, will be the main DrupalCamp conference. The keynote speaker is going to be Josh Clark, also known as GlobalMoxie, who writes and speaks about mobile design. Here at OSTraining were delighted to be a DrupalCamp Atlanta sponsor.

If you're in the Atlanta or Georgia area, come and join us! You can still buy conference tickets for $35 at DrupalCampAtlanta.com.

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Joomla 3Joomla 3 was released two weeks ago.

Today, we're delighted to launch our first Joomla 3 class.

This is the first Joomla 3 class available anywhere in the world.

This class has over 40 videos and is a complete introduction to this latest and greatest Joomla release.

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announcementWe have news that impacts some of our customers.

About 15% of our customers need to re-enter their payment data if they want to continue as members of OSTraining.

This blog post explains what happened, why it happened and what we're doing to make things right.

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WebformWebform is one of the most useful and versatile Drupal modules.

You can use the Webform module whenever you need people to send you information.

Using Webform, you can create everything from simple contact and registration forms to complex, multi-page surveys.

We're pleased to announce that our latest class launch is Drupal 7 Webforms.

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back-to-schoolAs students across North America go back to school, we're ramping up our classroom training with 20 days of classes between now and the beginning of November.

If you'd like to attend our Drupal or Joomla classroom training, we have a great discount for you.

This week only, use the coupon "backtoschool" to get a 33% discount on any class.

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joomla world conferenceDuring the last few years, a very succesful Joomla event called JandBeyond has been running in Europe.

This November, many of the same team are bringing the first Joomla World Conference to California.

If you've heard anything about JandBeyond, you'll know that these guys don't run traditional, boring conferences. This is not going to be a series of promotional pushes and endless Powerpoint presentations. You will be involved in sessions and discussions, and you will have the opportunity to give your own presentation. You'll also meet Joomla experts, developers, designers and business people from across the globe.

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Drupal 7 WYSIWYG EditorOver the last 2 1/2 years, we've created over 800 video training sessions.

In that time, we've also written over 600 tutorials on our blog.

One very common request has been for us to organize those tutorials more effectively. For example, we had 6 different tutorials on using TinyMCE as a WYWISYG editor in Drupal, but those tutorials weren't logically organized.

Today, we're taking the first step towards a logical organization. We've rounded up all six of our TinyMCE tutorials, rewritten them, and organized them into a Drupal 7 WYSIWYG Editor class.

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atlanta Drupal User GroupThis month and next, we're trying out a new training idea that we're calling Drupal 101.

In conjunction with the Atlanta Drupal User's Group (ADUG), we're going to hold a 2-hour long beginner class at the same time as the monthly ADUG meeting.

We've found that a lot of user group members are nervous about attending because they're new to Drupal and fear that the level of discussion might be over their heads.

The goal of these Drupal 101 classes is to take those Drupal newcomers and quickly help them to become active, comfortable members of the main user group.

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Drupal Views TrainingWhen it comes to making a Drupal site really work, no module is more essential than Views.

In fact, Views is so critical to a Drupal site's success that it is being incorporated into Drupal 8 (to be released around August 2013).

We are pleased to announce that this week we've launched our new Drupal 7 class. This newest addition to our Drupal 7 class series introduces Views and demonstrates ten different ways that it can be used on your site, from a simple blog page to a dynamic slideshow.

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osclassroomWe're pleased to say that buying classroom tickets from OSTraining is now a better experience.

Over the last two weeks we've rolled out a new ticketing system. The system is designed to help students register more easily and prepare for the class more effectively.

Here's a brief overview of the changes:

  1. As soon as you register, you'll be automatically signed up for 6 months of online training.
  2. The classroom pages look better and are more informative.
  3. You don't have to leave the site to buy tickets.
  4. All your invoices will be available from inside your account area.

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ticketsOver the next three months, we're sponsoring Joomla, Drupal and WordPress events all around the world.

Many of the events give tickets to sponsors. However, some events we're not able to attend in person, and for some events we have extra tickets.

So rather than let the tickets go to waste, we're going to give them to you.

Here are the events we have free tickets for:

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groupsToday we're adding group registrations to OSTraining.com.

Group registrations is a new feature that allows you to register and pay for other people.

Who would use group registrations?

  • Employers wanting to sign up their staff members.
  • Web designers who want to train their customers.
  • Parents wanting to sign up their children.
  • People wanting to give a membership as a gift.
  • Any one who wants to pay for someone else's membership.

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Today is a day of celebration for OSTraining. Our first live class was in June 2008. Four years later, we've now taught 400 Joomla and Drupal classes.

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WordPress Theme DesignJust over five weeks ago we launched a huge new WordPress Intermediate class.

We now have another WordPress treat for OSTraining members: our new WordPress Theme Design class.

You'll start with a Photoshop file and by the end of the class will have a WordPress theme that is ready to use.

This class is free for all OSTraining members. If you're not a member yet, click to find out about joining.

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joomla-explained-moreOne year ago this week, we released Joomla Explained.

It was a tough book to write for several reasons, but it was worth it in the end. Since its release, Joomla Explained has been the best-selling and best-reviewed Joomla book.

The response to Joomla Explained was strong enough that we are able to turn Joomla Explained into a series.

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K2K2 is a really powerful way to manage your Joomla content.

Normal Joomla articles give you a title and body. In contrast, K2 allows you to add videos, image galleries, fields, files, multiple authors and much more.

This week we've launched a new class on K2. For this class, we've worked with the K2 team to arrange something special:

  • This class will be 100% free to both members and guests on OSTraining.com.
  • Thie class will also be 100% free on the official K2 site at Getk2.org. Our aim is to help the K2 team with their documentation for beginners.

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Drupal 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.

OSTraining is taking part. On Friday, everyone will be able to use our videos and support. Here's how you can join in:

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7-day-trialHi Everyone,

Thanks for giving us a few moments of your time each week.

In return, we've been working really hard to make OSTraining membership a great experience.

In the last month alone we've added six new training classes:

  1. Drupal Display Suite
  2. Drupal Simplenews
  3. Drupal Organic Groups
  4. WordPress Intermediate
  5. Joomla Multi-lingual Sites
  6. Joomla Security

With these new additions, you can now enjoy over 760 Joomla, Drupal, WordPress and Coding sessions at OSTraining.

Time to stop? Absolutely not. We're hard at work creating many more classes for our members including: Joomla K2, Joomla coding, Drupal Views, Drupal theming and WordPress theming.

It's time to let as many people as possible experience our training and support.

During the trial, you can watch as many videos as you like and ask as many questions as you like in the support forum.

Why are we doing this 100% free? Because we think you'll love it. Even if you don't stay as a member after the 7 days, you'll be impressed enough to tell a friend.

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Drupal Display SuiteLast week we launched our class on the Organic Groups module, which explains how to build a social networking site in Drupal.

This week we launch our class on the Display Suite module.

We've used Panels in our classroom training for years, but it's often overkill for many tasks. We do cover Panels in our Intermediate class, but Display Suite is a nice alternative.

Display Suite is a lighter, easier option that allows you to easily create custom layouts for your content.

Click here to see our class on Display Suite.

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Watch Out, Munich. Here Comes OSTraining!OSTraining is going to be providing the pre-conference beginner Drupal training at DrupalCon Munich.

We'll be teaching the Absolute Beginner's Guide to Drupal, which we also taught at DrupalCons in Chicago, London, and most recently, Denver. The course covers the same material as our beginner classes that happen regularly all across the United States.

Over the last few years we've worked really hard to become part of the Drupal community, and hopefully this is another small step. Munich will be the fourth DrupalCon in a row where we've provided pre-conference training.

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WordPress IntermediateOver the last few months we've been releasing some shorter mini-courses with 10 to 12 sessions.

Still, sometimes it feels great to just release a huge, blockbuster class. That's what we've done with our new WordPress Intermediate class. This is a super-sized WordPress class.

This WordPress Intermediate Class really is a comprehensive guide for you to get more from your WP site.

What does it cover? Here's the complete list: 

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This week we've launched a Resources area for our members.

Many of these resources have been on our sites for years, but were hard to find. We've now organized them all into just one area. We hope these resources will make your webdesign life easier and cheaper.

  • Coupon codes for lots of great companies including Rockettheme, CorePHP, Shape5 and more.
  • Recommended hosting for Joomla, WordPress and Drupal. This isn't a generic list but the battle-tested hosts that we rely on personally. This list has been actively monitored for over two years now, and we quickly remove hosts who get bad reviews from our members.
  • Recommended developers to use for Joomla, WordPress and Drupal work. To get on this list, you have to be a developer who we use or whose work we can vouch for. We trust these developers to do great work for our members.
  • Free templates and themes for Joomla and Drupal. Both Bolt and Breeze are available as free downloads.

We've a special coupon from Shape5 to get you started: 

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social-networkIt's been wonderful to hear a brand-new voice in the Drupal world this year. Every week Brian Lewis has been interviewing leading lights in the Drupal world for his Modules Unraveled podcast. Brian has also started producing video tutorials on important modules.

A few weeks ago I talked with Brian and found out that he also shares a very similar background to myself and our other trainers: Brian is a professional teacher who loves both teaching and technology.

We love his work and asked if he was willing to partner with us at OSTraining. We're delighted that he said yes! Today we launch his first Drupal class with us: Organic Groups for Drupal 7 is available to all OSTraining members.

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capitalcampWashington D.C. is the epicenter of Drupal's growth worldwide, and CapitalCamp is the Washington D.C. DrupalCamp.

This year's CapitalCamp takes place on July 27th and 28th. The event is being held at George Washington University, an OSTraining customer who are adopting Drupal in a big way. You can find out more at CapitalCamp.org.

As last year, OSTraining will be doing Drupal training in the run up to CapitalCamp. Our classes will be held at Phase2 in Alexandria, just outside of Washington:

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securityIt's hard to think of a more important topic than keeping your site safe and secure.

So, we're pleased to say that our new Joomla security class is now live, and it is freely available for the public.

In this class we show you how to keep your Joomla site and extensions up-to-date. We also show you how to take backups with Akeeba Backup and explain how to restore your site from those backups. We then cover the Admin Tools extension which provides numerous extra security features.

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new-layoutOver the last week we've been rolling out a new layout for all of our training classes.

Hopefully this will be a big improvement for our members, our guests and our staff. Here's a description of the new features ...

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PHP ClassAbout two months ago we asked our members what course they wanted us to add. PHP was the clear winner.

Why PHP? It's the key coding language behind Joomla, WordPress and Drupal. Without a solid knowledge of PHP, it's hard to edit anything on your site except what can be done via the user interface.

Today, we're delighted to release our PHP course and to welcome a great new teacher to OSTraining.

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