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Discover how to set up a portfolio of your work using WordPress and three free themes that result in three unique looks. This Start with a Theme installment focuses on how to get a portfolio site up and running and how to configure the theme options to best suit your type of work, whether it's photography or web design. Author and WordPress aficionado Morten Rand-Hendriksen takes a deep dive through the themes Hatch, Gridly, and Touchfolio; explains their benefits and drawbacks; and shows how to leverage their features without having to write or understand code.

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This installment of Start with a Theme explains how to set up an online magazine using WordPress and three different themes that result in three completely different looks—without getting bogged down in code. Author Morten Rand-Hendriksen helps you get your WordPress site up and running quickly, and add the additional authors (or bylines) and standard content typical of any online magazine. He then illustrates the benefits and drawbacks of each of the three free themes, Max Magazine, Path, and Oxygen, and shows how to install and tweak their unique settings.

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There are two free WordPress themes designed to create online photo portfolios and in this course, Morten Rand-Hendriksen compares and contrasts both. The course covers how to find, install, and activate the themes Minimatica and AutoFocus 2.0 LITE, explains the customization options in both themes, and provides tips and tricks for building an online photo portfolio.

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This installment of Start with a Theme shows how to set up a video blog using WordPress and three different free themes that result in three different looks for your site. Series author Morten Rand-Hendriksen explains how to get up and running quickly with Twenty Twelve, Origami, and Sundance, and reviews the benefits and drawbacks of all three themes as they apply to video content in particular. Learn how to add video from services such as YouTube and Vimeo, enhance the visibility of your posts, add a video slider, and more.

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The ClickMinded SEO training course was designed to help lay the foundation for how search engines rank websites. It's been created out of a number of talks and lectures I've given throughout San Francisco over the course of the last 6 months. You'll learn why higher rankings means more traffic, what search engines are looking for when determining where to rank your site, and some of the tools and tactics I like to use to acquire more users. You'll walk away from this training with a detailed understanding of how search engine optimization fundamentally works.

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This social media course is based on the book, The Social Media Survival Guide, which is used in colleges and universities worldwide. It is taught by the book's author and social media professor, Deltina Hay. In this extensive course, you will learn how to prepare your social media plan, and how to apply effective tactics and optimization techniques to many social media tools. The course emphasizes creating an optimized social media strategy that will help you achieve long-term placement and maximum exposure for you and your business in the social web.

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In this course, author Rafael Hernandez creates native iOS and Android applications from a single codebase with the open-source Appcelerator Titanium platform. The course explains the difference between browser-based JavaScript and Titanium JavaScript, shows how to create a basic application, and demonstrates building buttons, sliders, switches, and pickers. The course also covers creating tables, implementing maps, providing feedback to users, incorporating multimedia, detecting gestures, and preparing finished apps for distribution.

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Learn how to choose fonts for a web site and create beautiful, legible type. Author Laura Franz shares how to create designs that maximize readability (and keep visitors on the page) by paying attention to details in size, line-height, line length, alignment, color, vertical space, and more. Laura also demonstrates how to incorporate web fonts, style type with CSS, and pick fonts that work well together.

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Unix for Mac OS X Users unlocks the powerful capabilities of Unix that underlie Mac OS X, teaching how to use command-line syntax to perform common tasks such as file management, data entry, and text manipulation. The course teaches Unix from the ground up, starting with the basics of the command line and graduating to powerful, advanced tools like grep, sed, and xargs. The course shows how to enter commands in Terminal to create, move, copy, and delete files and folders; change file ownership and permissions; view and stop command and application processes; find and edit data within files; and use command-line shortcuts to speed up workflow. Exercise files accompany the course.

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The new Adobe subscription model, Creative Cloud, offers designers a way to purchase and use their software while gaining access to updates faster than ever. In this streamlined course, author Mordy Golding demonstrates the differences between CS6 and the Creative Cloud to determine which model might work best for you. The course also shows how to install and update applications, move content between devices with the cloud, and work with special file collaboration features and touchscreen apps associated with Creative Cloud.

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