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Smart Slider 2

One of our students was having issues configuring a WordPress slider that was buggy. So we suggested he give Smart Slider 2 a try instead.  After using Smart Slider 2 his review was:

"I just accomplished in less than 30 minutes what I have been trying to do since yesterday. Very intuitive ui and gives me exactly what I was looking for."

So we created this tutorial for Smart Slider 2 so that you can see what it's capable of. Let's get started.

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wp-automatic-updatesOne thing I love about WordPress are the easy updates.

WordPress recently introduced automatic updates for minor releases of the WordPress core. The ultimate goal is for WordPress to always update automatically so users never even realize that WordPress has updated.

Well, did you know that not only the WordPress core, but also plugins and themes can update automatically? This tutorial will show you how to enable that feature.

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WordPress logoA lot of people say that WordPress is easy to use.

I hear that claim all the time, but rarely see anyone show evidence that it is true.

I sat down to test WordPress.

Which tasks in WordPress are really easy? Which tasks could be made easier?

I used a system called WICS to find the answers. Here are the results ...

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wp-39WordPress 3.9 is due to be released in mid-April.

Topher, our WordPress teacher, is here to give you your video introduction to 3.9.

In the content creation screen there's a new version of TinyMCE and also some gallery improvements. Topher also highlights some audio and video improvements.

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akeeba backup wpThe de facto standard for backing up a Joomla site is Akeeba Backup. The software is excellent, feature rich, and very reliable.

The developer of Akeeba Backup has now created Akeeba Backup for WordPress, which is now in Beta and available to subscribers for testing.

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Why WordPress from the Developer Perspective

Last week, we launched a new video class called Why WordPress? The Developer Perspective.

We also held a webinar on the same topic. Our WordPress trainer, Topher DeRosia, guided us through the thought process behind why a site developer should choose WordPress to build a site.

Topher explained the features of WordPress that make it attractive for developers to use.

Watch the full webinar recording below:

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topher testing

Topher is our WordPress teacher, and he tests WordPress plugins for us.

This week Topher introduces us to the WP Smush.it plugin.

Smush.it is a Yahoo service that optimizes your website's images. Its a "lossless" tool, which means it optimizes the images without changing their look or visual quality. This plugin uses the Smush.it API to work within your WordPress site.

So, is the Smush.it plugin worth using? Let's ask Topher:

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topher testingThis plugin review is part of a series we call "Topher's Testing".

Topher is our WordPress teacher, and he's testing some really useful new WordPress plugins.

This week Topher introduces us to the WP Remote plugin which can monitor and update all of your WordPress sites.

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This plugin review is part of a series we call "Topher's Testing".

Topher is our WordPress teacher, and he's sitting down to test some really useful new WordPress plugins.

This week Topher introduces us to the Block Bad Queries plugin which is a security plugin that protects your website against malicious URL requests.

Block Bad Queries checks all incoming traffic and quietly blocks bad requests. This plugin is based on the 5G Blacklist which fixes many potential security problems.

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topher testingThis video review is part of a series we call "Topher's Testing".

Topher is our WordPress teacher, and he's sitting down to test some really useful new WordPress plugins.

This week Topher introduces us to the WP Updates Notifier plugin, which monitors your WordPress installation for core, plugin and theme updates and emails you when they are available.

This plugin is an option if you don't login to your WordPress admin regularly or you support client sites.

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WordPress-Deployment-with-Deploy-Git-and-BitbucketIn recent years, developers have used WordPress for more powerful and complex sites.

As WordPress sites have become more complex, developers have required better tools. It's not common to version control and to have multiple deployment environments for production, staging or testing.

In this tutorial, we're going to show you one way to manage and deploy WordPress sites professionally. We're going to use Bitbucket, Deploy and Git to deploy a WordPress site.

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Gravity Forms for WordPress

Our new class and webinar schedule is up-and-running.

Every Monday, we release a new video class. Every Friday, we hold a webinar for our members on that same topic.

Last week's topic was Gravity Forms, the premium form builder for WordPress. Gravity Forms is extremely flexible and can create any kind of form you want to build on your WordPress site.

We recorded the webinar, and you can now watch a replay of it.

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This is the fifth video in a series we're calling "Topher's Testing".

Topher is our WordPress teacher, and he's sitting down to test some really useful new WordPress plugins.

This week Topher introduces us to the Account Lock plugin, which enables administrators to lock user accounts without deleting the users posts and contents.

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WordPress Beginner

Our Friday Webinar Series started last week.

Every Monday, we release a new video class. Every Friday, we hold a webinar for our members on that same topic. 

Last week's webinar was on WordPress 3.8.

Rod Martin, our lead trainer, was joined by Topher Derosia, our long-time WordPress trainer. Topher works for X-Team who build some of the biggest and most famous WordPress sites in the world.

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This is the fourth video in a series we're calling "Topher's Testing".

Topher is our WordPress teacher, and he's sitting down to test some really useful new WordPress plugins.

This week Topher introduces us to the Broken Link Checker plugin, which will check your posts, comments and other content for broken links and missing images, and notify you if any are found.

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topher testingThis is the third video in a new series we're calling "Topher's Testing".

Topher is our WordPress teacher, and he's sitting down to test some really useful new WordPress plugins.

When you watch the videos in this series, you'll learn about a great plugin. You'll also get to see how a professional WordPress developer evaluates and tests new plugins.

This week Topher introduces us to the Page Mangement plugin, which makes it easy to reorder pages and edit your page hierarchy using drag-and-drop.

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WordPress Permalinks with Multiple CategoriesCreating complex URLs has never a been a great strength of WordPress.

For example, for a long time, it was recommend that you shouldn't include categories in your URLs because of performance issues.

However, the WordPress team have been making improvements on this, and now it's possible to include not just one, but multiple categories inside a URL. In this tutorial, we'll show you how to make that happen.

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topher testingThis is the second video in a new series we're calling "Topher's Testing".

Topher is our WordPress teacher, and he's sitting down to test some really useful new WordPress plugins.

When you watch the videos in this series, you'll learn about a great plugin. You'll also get to see how a professional WordPress developer evaluates and tests new plugins.

This week Topher introduces us to the Simple Custom CSS plugin, which makes it easy to add custom CSS styles to override plugin and theme defaults.

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wordpress backupBackUpWordPress is a free and powerful plugin to back up your website automatically.

BackUpWordPress will back up up your entire site including your database and all your files on a schedule that suits you.

In this blog post, we'll show you how to use BackUpWordPress to keep your WordPress site safe.

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WordPress Simple Google Maps Short-Code

This is the first video in a new series we're calling "Topher's Testing".

Topher is our WordPress teacher and he's sitting down to test some really useful new WordPress plugins.

Simple Google Maps Short Code is a plugin with a long name. We'll call if SGMSC for short.

Using simple shortcode, SGMSC allows you to add Google Maps to your WordPress content 

Developed by Pippin Williamson from http://pippinsplugins.com, SGMC makes is easy to enter addresses and to control the size of the map.

Here's my video introduction to using SGMC:

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wp-mp6WordPress 3.8 is due to launch in December.

The biggest change will be a major redesign of the admin area.

At the beginning of this year, Matt Mullenweg and a team of developers started work on a plugin called MP6. We first wrote about MP6 back in May and outlined many of the new features.

MP6 has slowly improved over many months and it's now ready to become part of the WordPress core.

In this exclusive video, I'm going to show what to expect when version 3.8 comes out. How different will WordPress look? Watch and find out ...

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wp-permalinks404 errors have always been a fact of life for websites.

A 404 is better known as a "page not found" or a "broken URL" error.

There are hundreds of ways to cause a 404 error, from a simple typo to a massive site migration.

Fortunately, there is a WordPress plugin that has the potential to solve nearly all of your 404 errors: Permalink Finder.

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WordPress LogoWordPress 3.7 was released last week.

In this blog post we'll give you a video introduction to what's new in 3.7.

3.7 was a really quick release in preparation for 3.8, which is secheduled to arrive before the end of this year.

The most important new feature is auto-updates. With auto-updates, WordPress will automatically update itself whenever there is a new security release. The WordPress team are doing this to increase the security of WordPress and make sure that less sites are runnng out-of-date versions.

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wpengineHosting is probably the fastest growing segment of the WordPress industry.

There's several large and well-funded options out there, offering hosting that's tuned specifically for WordPress.

A few weeks ago we moved our sites to WPEngine.com, one of the most prominent WordPress hosts.

Here's our warts-and-all review of hosting with WPEngine.

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WordPress favoritesEarlier this year WordPress added a favorite plugin feature.

This feature allows you to create a list of all plugins you really like.

Your favorite plugin list is stored on WordPress.org so that you can access it on all of your sites. You can also view other peoples' favorites.

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pods framework logo wordpress plugin

For WordPress users who have moved beyond the basics, the inflexible content in WP can be frustrating.

Until recently, you could use a Post or a Page or you could do some fairly complex coding to create custom content types. We have a whole class explaining how that's done.

Pods can solve that problem. Pods can make it really easy to create a portfolio, a real estate site, a business directory, without using any code at all.

In this tutorial, we'll show how Pods can turn WordPress into a powerful content management system.

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wp revisionsWordPress 3.6 is now in the beta phase and a release is expected shortly.

One of the major new improvements in WordPress 3.6 is an overhaul of the Revisions feature.

WordPress 3.6 makes it much easier to browse, compare and restore revisions. 3.6 brings some very useful improvements for anyone who publishes a large number of posts or works with a large number of writers.

To test the new revisions, start by creating a new post in WordPress:

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