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Parties and Events at WordCamp US

WordCamp US is coming up soon in Philadelphia and it's going to be a special event.

WordCamp US is the first time that the WordPress community has really tried to hold a large conference along the lines of DrupalCon and PyCon. They're expecting 2,000 attendees in Philly.

It certainly helps to increase attendance when tickets are an absurdly low $40 for 2 days. Conferences like this normally cost from $300 to $2000. There are still tickets on sale today. If you can't make it in person, you can buy a livestream ticket for only $10.

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Webinar with ManageWP: Control Many WordPress Sites

Here at OSTraining, we're enthusiastic users of ManageWP. We have an in-depth video class on using ManageWP and use the service to maintain our own WordPress sites.

We're delighted to be hosting a webinar on December 10th, with Nemanja Aleksic from ManageWP.

This webinar will have something for everyone from ordinary WordPress users to experienced developers. Nemanaja is going to talk about ManageWP and also about the challenges of overhauling such as popular system. They're in the process of launching Orion, a completely redesigned and rebuilt version of their platform.

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How to Embed Tweets in WordPress

WordPress makes super easy to embed a tweet in your website thanks to the oEmbed protocol.

In this post, we'll show you how to embed a tweet in a post. You don't need to use any plugins to make this work.

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breeze wordpress theme

The OSTraining Breeze theme for WordPress is our training theme. We use it for many of our sample classes. We also wrote on the GoDaddy blog about our experiences getting Breeze published on WordPress.org.

Breeze is super easy to use and it allows you to customize key features such as the logo, colors and widgets.

In this tutorial, I'm going to show you how to recreate the homepage from our original demo.

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How to Create Footnotes in WordPress

Sometimes you might want to add a clarification to a text. But, as soon as you add it, you realize it's too much text. Footnotes to the rescue!

In this tutorial, we'll show you an easy way to create footnotes in WordPress.

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microdata wordpress

Microdata makes it possible for search engines to understand important details about your site's content. 

Microdata provides Google and Bing with extra information about your content such as names, descriptions, dates and ratings. And, because search engines can understand your data more clearly, they often reward you with a higher ranking.

Some themes provide microdata support, but many do not. In this tutorial, I'm going to show you how to add microdata to your WordPress theme.

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15 Themes for Your WooCommerce Store

If you want to create a fully-functional online store, then you should consider WooCommerce, the most popular way to build an online store.

In order to build a good looking WooCommerce store, you will need to find a theme that specifically provides WooCommerce support.

I'm going to help you find a suitable WooCommerce theme with this list of 15 beautiful and feature-rich designs.

If you are really serious about your WooCommerce store, check out this guide to creating consistent, high-quality WooCommerce products.

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How to install a WordPress plugin

WordPress makes site creation easy, including plugin installation. So sometimes we skim over the basics and assume that the simple tasks are self-evident.

But, for brand new users, knowing the best practices for WordPress site creation is a must.

This video tutorial will cover the basics of installing a new plugin in WordPress.

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How to Use Custom Fonts in WordPress

An OSTraining member asked us how to add two extra fonts to their WordPress site:

  • A custom font
  • A safe font, such as Times New Roman 

In this tutorial, I'm going show you how to use CSS to add fonts to WordPress.

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woocommerce

WooCommerce 2.4 was released in August, and had a really cool codename, "the Helpful Hedgehog."

Why did the WooCommerce team choose that name? Because they focused on making WooCommerce much easier to use.

In particular, the WooCommerce team worked on a brand new onboarding feature. When you install WooCommerce 2.4, you'll now several screens that walk you setting up your store.

This onboarding process really is easy to use and it's one that many plugin developers could emulate.

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Events Calendar Plugin for WordPress

The Events Calendar Plugin for WordPress is simple to use.

The free version comes with the basic features to manage events in WordPress, including a calendar view to display events to your visitors.

I'm going to show you how to install and start using Events Calendar Plugin.

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Simmer WordPress

Food blogs are enormously popular at the moment.

The Simmer plugin is a great option for building a food site in WordPress. Simmer enables you to quickly and easily publish your recipes. You can add ingredients, step-by-step instructions, sub-headings, structured cook times, and a lot more all within a user-friendly drag and drop interface.

The 2 videos below will introduce you to using Simmer. These videos are part of our complete video class, "Build a WordPress Recipe Directory".

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How to Redirect non-WWW to WWW in WordPress

The following tutorial will show you how to redirect your WordPress site's domain from non-www to www or vice versa. Redirecting one to the other is useful for SEO.

If you go to https://www.wordpress.org, you'll see the URL changes a bit once you click enter. It goes to the non-www version. In order words, it goes to https://wordpress.org. It's a subtle change and it's usually not noticed by users.

So why have they done this? It's because, technically, the two are different domains but they have the same content. Without the redirect, they end up with duplicate content. With the redirect, they only have one site, so only one set of content.

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wordpress embeds

One of the things I love most about WordPress is that it's easy to use. WordPress has made embeds easy too.

Embeds allow you to add a URL to a post and then watch as WordPress magically pulls in content for you. This works for YouTube videos, Twitter messages, Instagram photos, Slideshare presentations and many other types of content.

Here's a short video tutorial on using embeds in WordPress, plus some pro tips.

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Monstroid

Monstroid is a brand new, multipurpose WordPress theme from Template Monster. 

It was released with a splash in July this year, and has already managed to gain a lot of attention.

Monstroid costs $79, but today 3 of you have a chance to get Monstroid absolutely free! If you want to be amongst the winners, read on ...

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custom readmore

WordPress makes posssible to override many things, but it's not always easy to override language strings.

Sometimes language strings are in the WordPress core and you can override them using plugins.

However, sometimes language strings are included in the theme, and one common example is the "Read More" link for posts.

In this short tutorial, I'm going to show you how to customize the "Read More" link with a few lines of code.

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How to Uninstall a WordPress Plugin

Sometimes you're done with a plugin and it's no longer needed. If that's the case, it should be uninstalled. Unused plugins can add maintenance and security headaches to your site.

This tutorial will show you how to uninstall a WordPress plugin. Let's get started ...

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Change Usernames in WordPress

So you'd like to change a username on your site?

Unfortunately, a default installation of WordPress doesn't allow username changes.

When you go to edit a user, the username is greyed out and there's a "Usernames cannot be changed" message beside it.

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find slow plugin

Your site's getting popular, but with the increased traffic, it seems slower. You picked a fast host, enabled caching, but for some reason, it's still loading slowly. What's causing the performance issue?

The answer is that it's likely an unoptimized WordPress plugin. One slow plugin can slow down the entire site.

This tutorial will introduce you to P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler). With it, you'll be able to see each plugin's performance on the site.

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wordpress pods

We love the Pods Framework. It's one of the very best ways to create custom fields and content types in WordPress.

So today we're happy to annnounce that we've partnered with the Pods team to make our 11-part video class on Pods available for free.

This series is a great introduction, for those who are new to Pods, and are looking to use Pods without writing any PHP code. These videos cover creating custom post types in Pods, adding fields to the Pods, using Pods Templates and shortcodes to display fields in the content.

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custom permalinks

Custom Permalinks is a useful plugin when you need to assign a custom path to individual posts, pages, tags or categories. This is very helpful in many situations, such as migrating a site to WordPress or creating custom landing pages.

In this tutorial, I'll show you how easy it is to use the Custom Permalinks plugin.

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wordpress resize video

WordPress makes it easy to embed videos into a post or page.

However, by default, WordPress doesn't provide an option for the width and height of the video.

This tutorial will show you how to change the height and width of your WordPress video embed.

UPDATE: If you want an even easier method, you can also check out the EmbedPress plugin. The link is in the box below ...

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wordpress nextgen gallery large

NextGEN Gallery is the most popular WordPress gallery plugin.

In fact, with over 12 million downloads, its one of the most popular WordPress plugins of all time.

In this post we're going to show you 3 videos on using NextGEN. These videos will show you how to install NextGEN, set up a gallery and then modify that gallery.

These videos are part of our complete NextGen Gallery class.

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UkuuPeople

Most CRM systems are too complex.

Platforms like Salesforce can be enormously complex and have a step learning curve. CiviCRM is a very popular open source CRM, but it's as complex as many proprietary solutions.

Some CiviCRM developers have now teamed up with the goal of creating a simpler CRM. They've released a WordPress plugin called UkuuPeople.

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wordpress multipurpose themes

WordPress themes used to have specific focuses. You could find themes for restaurants, schools, corporate sites or for even more narrow niches.

However, in recent years we've seen a shift towards multipurpose themes, led in particular by authors at Themeforest.net. These multipurpose themes come with 1000's of features that enable them to cover a wide range of businesses and topics.

Some of the themes have so many features that I refer to them as a "Theme CMS". It's almost like installing a second CMS on top of WordPress.

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JetPack Stats for Wordpress

JetPack is an official plugin from Automattic, the makers of WordPress.com.

JetPack offers tons of useful features, from security protection and comments to social sharing and improved photo galleries.

One of the most useful features is Statistics. Without leaving your site, and without creating additional accounts elsewhere, you can get really detailed information on your site's visitors.

Here's how you can use JetPack statistics ...

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