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Getting Started with WordPress

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

This week, we have completely updated the 30+ videos in our "Getting Started with WordPress" class.

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 learn to control the design of your site with themes.
  • In the third part of the class, you'll add extra features to your site with plugins.
  • In the final part of the class, you'll learn how to manage your site and keep it safe.

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Develop WordPress Themes, Part 2

Do you want to design WordPress themes? We've just released the second part of our Theme Development class.

In "Develop WordPress Themes, Part 1", Topher started using Underscores, a very popular starter theme, to introduce you to all the key concepts behind WordPress themes.

In "Develop WordPress Themes, Part 2", which we're releasing today, you can continue your path to becoming a WordPress designer. You'll see how to create menus and widget areas. You'll learn how to include CSS and Javascript files in your theme. We'll also introduce you to WordPress coding standards.

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New Video Class: Drupal 8 Site Building

Now that you've completed the Drupal 8 Beginner class, it's time to build your first real site and start exploring Drupal's powerful modules and themes.

This week we've released the Drupal 8 Site Building class.

This class has over 50 videos that take you through the entire process of building a Drupal 8 site, using the OSTraining workflow:

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New Video Class: Speeding up Drupal 8

This week's new video class is "Drupal 8 Performance".

Drupal can be slow if your site is complex or hosted on an under-powered server.

In this class, Robert helps you understand how to speed up your Drupal sites. You'll learn about caching, aggregation, image optimization and more. We'll also showcase some of the differences beween Drupal 7 and 8.

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This week marks six years since we launched online training here at OSTraining. And, it's now nearly ten years since we started training people to use open source software.

It's humbling to think that some of you have been keeping us in business since 2006.

If you're a business owner, you've seen both crazy years and quiet years. 2015 was a crazy year for us and filled with major turning points. So many in fact, that it took me until February to write this report!

Here's a look back at OSTraining in 2015 and a look forward to 2016.

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New Video Class: Drupal 7 Module Development

This week's new video class is "Drupal 7 Module Development".

This massive new course is 57 videos long and covers everything you need to know when starting to create Drupal modules.

This class was created in partnership with Acquia, and you'll learn all the best practices from Drupal's top company. 

You'll learn how to leverage Drupal's API to create custom modules. You'll learn by developing several modules and using step-by-step instructions to hook into Drupal's existing functionality.

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Update Drupal CoreThis week's Drupal class is essential for anyone who manages a Drupal website.

In this class, Robert demonstrates how to properly update Drupal 8.

Since there is no one click update for the Drupal core, it is essential that anyone who manages a Drupal site learns to make the updates with confidence. We'll also show you how to successfully update Drupal 8 themes and modules.

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Drupal 7 Layout and Theming

This week's new video class is "Drupal 7 Layout and Theming".

This massive new class is 56 videos long and covers everything you need to know when starting to design Drupal sites.

This class was created in partnership with Acquia, and you'll learn all the best practices from Drupal's top company. You'll learn a variety of approaches to make dynamic layouts in Drupal, and how to choose the right approach for your site. You'll also learn how to get more control over the look and feel by creating a custom theme in Drupal.

By the end of the class, you'll know how to create and configure Drupal sites that are responsive and beautiful.

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mysql explained book

Do you use Drupal, WordPress, Joomla, Magento or other PHP software?

If you answered "yes", then you use MySQL.

MySQL is the world's most popular database program, and if you build websites, you'll benefit from an understanding of MySQL.

MySQL Explained is our first self-published book and is a clear, step-by-step guide to MySQL. This book is going to help you to understand how your data is being stored and give you the ability to design your own custom applications!

We're happy to say that paperback and Kindle versions of MySQL Explained are now available.

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Drupal 8 Site Building

This week's new video class is "Drupal 8 Site Building".

This class follows on from last week's Drupal 8 Beginner Class. If you watched the Beginner Class, you know the basics of Drupal 8.

Now, you're ready to build your first Drupal 8 site. Robert is going to show you the whole process of building a site, from creating content and views, to managing layouts, themes and contact forms.

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Introduction-To-Theme-Development-hd

Do you want to design WordPress themes? This class is the perfect place to start.

Topher uses Underscores, a very popular starter theme, to introduce you to all the key concepts behind WordPress themes.

The class starts with a tour of WordPress theme files, introducing the naming system for pages, categories, custom posts types and more. You'll see how WordPress' template hierarchy enables you to design specific pages.

In the second half of the class, Topher talks about PHP functions and template tags, which allow you to safely customize your site's functionality.

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 Drupal 8 Beginner

This week's new video class is "Drupal 8 Beginner".

This class teaches you all of the essential concepts and knowledge you need to get started with Drupal 8.

The Drupal 8 Beginner class is over 60 videos long and is a truly useful and comprehensive place to get started with Drupal 8.

This class is aimed at people who are completely new to Drupal. You don't need to have any experience or know any coding.

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Managing Multiple WordPress Sites With ManageWP

This week's new video class is "Managing Multiple WordPress Sites With ManageWP".

Managing multiple WordPress sites can be a challenge. There are always updates, comments and more to deal with. ManageWP is a great solution.

In this class, Topher takes you through the basics that you get for free and shows the benefits of easy site maintenance that ManageWP brings to your workflow.

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Drupal 7 Security

This week's new video class is "Drupal 7 Security".

In this class, Robert gives a comprehensive overview of what you need to do to keep your Drupal 7 website secure.

Robert explains the importance of user permissions, the User 1 account and how to safely allow people to add content to your site.

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Drupal is used for a myriad of different kinds of websites. This week we complete the release of the "Build a Drupal Corporate Website" with Robert Ring.

During this class, Robert talks about planning, content types, modules, themes and everything you might need for this kind of site.

You'll build a blog, personnel department, a views slideshow and more for the fictitious corporation, BoardGames Ltd.

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The Drupal icon next to an icon of a silhouette of a person with a suit on

Drupal is used for a myriad of different kinds of websites. This week, Robert begins a two week series with "Build a Drupal Corporate Website".

During this class, Robert talks about planning, content types, modules, themes and everything you might need for this kind of site. You'll build a blog, personnel department, a views slideshow and more for the fictitious corporation, BoardGames Ltd.

Outline of the Drupal Corporate Site Build Class

  • Introduction
  • About Page
  • User Friendliness
  • Basic Site Organization
  • Home Page Image
  • Views Slideshow
  • How to Create Slideshow
  • Placing the Slideshow
  • Products

Next Week:

  • Generating Dummy Content with Devel
  • Products View Page
  • Creating the Blog
  • Personnel Nodes
  • Personnel Page
  • Contact Form
  • Adding a Contributed Theme
  • Final Considerations
  • Quiz

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mysql explained book

Do you use Drupal, WordPress, Joomla, Magento or other PHP software?

If you answered "yes", then you use MySQL.

MySQL is the world's most popular database program and if you build websites, you'll benefit from an understanding of MySQL.

Today, we're really happy to launch our first self-published book, MySQL Explained.

MySQL Explained is a clear, step-by-step guide that will enable you to understand how your data is being stored and give you the ability to design your own custom applications!

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jQuery

Web Developer is of the most helpful browser extensions for anyone building websites.

Web Developer provides you with entire suite of web design tools. You can use Web Developer to inspect CSS, analyze images, quickly validate a web design for W3C compliance or measure design elements.

This add-on is available for Chrome, Firefox and Opera, and will run on Windows, OS X and Linux. Web Developer will help you analyze any time of sites, whether you're using WordPress, Drupal, Joomla or another platform.

In this class, Topher takes us through the most important aspects of Web Developer, giving you an invaluable tool for analyzing and improving your websites.

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jQuery

jQuery is a Javascript library with the motto, "write less, do more".

jQuery makes it much easier to use JavaScript on your website and so it has become hugely popular. All the major web platforms use JQuery:

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BuddyPress

BuddyPress is an add-on for WordPress that allows you to run your own social network. It includes member profiles, activity streams, user groups and more! In this class, Topher introduces us to BuddyPress, covering all of the basics you'll need to get up and running with your own social network.

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Increase Conversions to Your Membership

Here at OSTraining, we're huge fans of memberships sites. They're a wonderful way to create value for your members, create a community, and build a stable business.

If you use WordPress, you should consider Paid Memberships Pro (PMP) for your site. Created by Jason Coleman, PMP is a free and powerful plugin.

Jason also runs support community for membership site builders. He's full of great advice on how to make your membership site succcessful. 

We're delighted to be hosting a webinar with Jason on October 15th. Jason is going to show you how to convince members to enjoy the value you create.

Sign up for the webinar

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Speeding up Joomla

If you run a Joomla site, then you really need this week's new video class from Rod Martin called "Speeding up Joomla".

Rod starts by showing that a normal Joomla site is not highly-optimized and then he takes you through 10 steps to improve your site speed.

First, you'll learn to use Google PageSpeed and YSlow to test your site. Then Rod shows you how to use caching, compression, .htaccess, CDNs and more. By the time you've finished this class, you'll have a blazing fast Joomla site!

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wordpress DesktopServer

We love DesktopServer. It's one of the very best ways to develop WordPress sites on your own computer.

So today we're happy to annnounce that we've partnered with the DesktopServer team to make our 14-part video class on DesktopServer available for free.

In this class, Topher walks you through all the steps to get your own DesktopServer up and running. In the process, he gives some great tips on getting the most out of it for your own development needs.

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wordpress woocommerce

As I mentioned last week, WooCommerce is one of the best choices for e-commerce on WordPress.

WooCommerce really can transform your WordPress website into an excellent online store.

In this week's video release, Topher gives us Part 2 of the update of our WooCommerce class.

In Part 2, Topher covers advanced features in WooCommerce, from product attributes and variations, to shipping and taxes, to theming and coding for WooCommerce.

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wordpress woocommerce

WooCommerce is one of the best choices for e-commerce on WordPress.

WooCommerce really can transform your WordPress website into an excellent online store.

Created by the WooThemes team, WooCommerce now powers around 30% of all online stores. It is so popular that WooCommerce was recently purchased by Automattic and Matt Mullenweg.

In this week's video release, Topher updates our WooCommerce class. Topher takes us through everything we need to know to get WooCommerce working on your WordPress site.

Because this class is nearly 30 videos long, we're releasing Part 1 this week, followed by Part 2 next week.

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Drupal BS HD

If you're interested in Drupal theming, then you really need this week's new video class from Robert Ring called "Drupal and Bootstrap".

Bootstrap is the dominant design framework on the web today. Bootstrap is a sleek, intuitive and powerful mobile-first framework. Bootstrap can make your Drupal theme development much faster and easier.

In this new class, Robert explains how to setup and configure the Bootstrap theme, then takes us through Views, Panels, sub-themes and even template overrides.

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WordPress Recipe Site large

Getting your Joomla website to look exactly the way you want often involves editing some of the CSS provided by your template.

In this week's new class, Rod discusses the best ways to use CSS in Joomla.

Rod starts by explaining Joomla's template structure and how to use a custom.css file to safely make changes to your site's design. Rod than explores page and module class suffixes, plus loading a custom CSS file for each component.

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WordPress Recipe Site large

WordPress can be used for a lot of things, including a directory site.

In this class, Topher demonstrates this style of site as he creates a recipe directory website using a plugin called Simmer and the Make theme.

Topher also covers how to take a local site you've built using Desktop Server and push it to the web. Finally, Topher talks about how you can add SEO and user-contributed recipes.

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joomla 3 security large

Any website can get hacked. Keeping your Joomla website secure isn't hard, but there are some basics that you simply must ensure get done.

In this class, you'll learn the basics of Joomla security, how to update Joomla! and the extensions you have installed, how to backup your site, and how to keep it safe with Admin Tools. You'll also get some tips on what to do if your website is hacked!

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