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Podcast on CMSes

Published on July 24, 2014

I’m a bit of a CMS wonk. I like hearing about them, talking about them, and using them. That should come as no surprise.

Now available is a new, limited series podcast on content management systems.

It’s called CMS Chronicles and serves as a way to introduce you to the most popular web CMSes and the people using them.

The podcast kicks off with two episodes; one on Drupal with Jeff Eaton and one on Jekyll with Brett Terpstra.

More episodes coming weekly. Enjoy!

Migrating a Blog to Jekyll

Published on July 18, 2014

In our Static Websites with Jekyll course, we cover how to build a Jekyll site from scratch. After you learn how to use Jekyll you may want to migrate or import an existing blog over to your new Jekyll-powered site.

Jekyll has you covered there with the Jekyll importers for multiple CMSes.

There are twenty importers available that cover everything from WordPress to Movable Type.

The importers take your blog or website content posts or pages and convert them into Markdown files in Jekyll. And, they typically only import content, not layouts or templates.

New Course: Static Websites with Jekyll

Published on July 15, 2014

Today, I released Static Websites with Jekyll, a completely redone version of our course that was originally published almost two years ago.

The course walks you through how to build a simple website using Jekyll, the static site generator from Github.

Over 7-parts and 75 minutes we cover installation, configuration, template coding, and deployment to Github Pages. It’s front-to-back coverage of everything you need to know to get started with Jekyll.

The course is on sale for only $9.99 until July 21, 2014. Grab a copy and learn this great publishing tool.

How to Learn with Your Team (or your company)

Published on July 10, 2014

Learning in groups is fun and effective. You have someone to ask questions about the material, help troubleshoot code or design, and to compare work as you go through a course.

Most courses here at Mijingo are also available for teams (up to 5 people) and companies (up to 25 people), in addition to individual use.

When you purchase a team or company version of the course, you can then share it among the your co-workers–only having to download the files once–and learn together.

To purchase a team or company license, just choose the license type from the drop-down menu under the price. It’s that simple!

View our courses and get started learning with your team.

New Course: Learning ExpressionEngine

Published on July 08, 2014

Today I released a completely updated course on the ExpressionEngine CMS.

The course, re-recorded in its entirety, is

  • about 2 ½ hours long,
  • broken up into 7 parts,
  • in 1080p HD,
  • and covers the latest features in ExpressionEngine, like layouts and relationships.

To celebrate the release, and so previous customers can get the course at a signifiant discount, Learning ExpressionEngine is on sale for everyone for only $19.99–that’s $20 off the regular price.

The sale is only until Monday July 14th.

Get started now!

Screencasting Tips

Published on May 24, 2014

I recently received a support email about some tips to get started creating screencasts. I happily obliged because, well, I enjoy talking about this stuff.

Here’s what I shared.

I would use Screenflow if you’re on Mac OS X. Otherwise Camtasia on Windows is a solid choice.

Get a good microphone, if you can. I really like the Røde Podcaster mic . It’s not inexpensive but sounds great and it’s easy to set up.

Some other tips (I should do a blog post!):

  • Make an outline before you start. High level topics and then any details you need to remember to cover.
  • Don’t script it! You’ll sound robotic and have weird pauses.
  • Record in a standard format. Screenflow will record your entire screen. You can make this work for you by setting you computer resolution to 1280x720 or 1920x1080.
  • Do simple editing, skip the fancy effects.
  • Think about pacing when you’re editing. Does it feel like it’s dragging? Can you cut out the 30 seconds it takes to type out all of that code (esp. if you’ve typed it before) and cross dissolve into the full line?
  • Publish to YouTube or Vimeo. They’re the best.

WordPress Course Updated for 3.9

Published on May 06, 2014

Today I updated the Getting Started with WordPress course to include some new information about WordPress 3.9, which was recently released. All of the updates take place in the Part 1 of the course and note the updated dashboard, including its responsive design.

If you already purchased the course, the update is in your account, you just need to re-watch the streaming video or re-download Part 1.

This has been a popular course because so many people want to and need to learn WordPress, one of the biggest (the biggest?) content management systems out there.

With almost 10 years experience working with WordPress and more than one hundred WordPress sites of experience, John Chandler walks you through the basics you need to know to get started building your own website with WordPress.

Get started learning WordPress now!

Updated Learning Craft Course Now Available

Published on April 30, 2014

Today I’ve made available a completely re-done and updated course on the Craft CMS.

Since the original release a year ago, the team behind Craft have made some great updates and changes. While the existing course still served as a nice introduction to Craft, I wanted to redo the course completely so it reflected some of the changes, especially how you navigate through the Craft control panel.


The course price remains the same as the last year and I have sent everyone who purchased this calendar year a coupon to update to the new course for free.

Thank you for learning with Mijingo. Enjoy the new course!

OmniFocus Tutorials Now Free

Published on March 27, 2014

Yesterday, The OmniGroup announced that their popular productivity/task manager application OmniFocus will be updated to 2.0 in June. The new version is a major update in terms of look and functionality. I’m running the beta and it is a nice improvement.

I plan to update my OmniFocus videos when the new version is out. Until then I’ve made the current courses for OmniFocus 1 completely free.

Just add them to your cart and check out like usual. The only difference is you pay nothing!

What We’re Working On

Published on March 26, 2014

Right now I am working on updating some existing courses:

Both courses are still excellent introductions to these systems but there have been changes in the software that I’d like to capture in the courses.

To keep updated on the planned courses, bookmark the Upcoming Courses and Training page.

Gift The Happy Cog Way

Published on December 07, 2013

Starting today you can send The Happy Cog Way course bundle as a gift to someone else. Your lucky friend will receive a gift code that they can then redeem at Mijingo.

There’s no extra charge or fee to gift The Happy Cog Way. Just fill out the form, add the gift card to your cart and check out!

Your gift recipient will receive an email notifying them of the gift within 24 hours (but usually much faster).

Give the gift of learning today!

The Happy Cog Way on Sale for Only $99

Published on November 29, 2013

The Happy Cog Way bundle is now on sale again for only $99. We did a special sale for the launch and the first few weeks. That crazy price is back again and you can get all 8 courses for less than a benjamin.

The courses are:

  • HTML Prototyping
  • Responsive Web Design
  • Fundamentals of HTML5
  • Fundamentals of CSS3
  • Up and Running with Sass
  • Building a Type System
  • Basics of Grids
  • Deploying Website

All courses are authored by the wonderfully talented folks at Happy Cog. And, to add to it, each course includes supplemental materials, like a recorded roundtable discussion, a full transcript of the video course, code and design examples, and other materials.

The price is usually $149 for this course, but it’s on sale for a limited time. Grab it now for $50 off and save that money to treat yourself to something nice.

Save 50% on ExpressionEngine Book

Published on November 28, 2013

My ExpressionEngine 2: A Quick-Start Guide book is published by the fine folks at The Pragmatic Programmers. They also do an annual holiday sale and right now you can get my book in ebook format for only $11 (that’s 50% off regular price).

The sale is until Monday, December 2, 2013, PST. To get the discount use the coupon code turkey2013 when you check out.

Ready to learn ExpressionEngine? Go for it.

Holiday Sale - Up to 50% off Everything

Published on November 28, 2013

As has become the tradition here, we’re running our annual “Black Friday” sale on all of our training courses. But it’s not just one day. Everything is on sale until 11:59 PM CST Sunday.

Save up to 50% on courses to learn Git version control, Basecamp, Getting Started with WordPress, Markdown, static websites with Jekyll, HTML5, CSS3, typography, grids, Responsive Web Design, and more!

There’s no coupon needed. The prices are reduced site-wide. Don’t wait until Monday, though. It’ll be too late.

Start learning now.

New Release: Deploying Websites

Published on November 07, 2013

This week we released a brand new training course on deploying websites by Ryan Irelan. This course is the last in the The Happy Cog Way, a series of courses that we’ve been rolling out over the last 8 weeks.

There are many ways to deploy a website. Some like to use (S)FTP and manually upload files. Others like to automate deployment using tools like Capistrano or a service like Beanstalk.

In this course, VP of Technology Ryan Irelan walks through how to use some major options. You’ll learn setup, best practices, and insider information through the roundtable discussion on how Happy Cog handles deployments.

The course covers SFTP, rsync, Git, Capistrano, Beanstalk, DeployHQ, Dploy.

Ready to learn more about website deployment? Get started now.

New Release: Basics of Grids

Published on October 29, 2013

Today we released a brand new course as part of the The Happy Cog Way series. Basics of Grids by Michael Johnson covers the history, tools, and practice of creating extendable and reliable grids for your website design projects.

Here’s a preview of what he covers in the course:


Just like the other courses in the series, Basics of Grids comes with a full transcript, roundtable discussion with the team at Happy Cog, a vide course, and supplemental materials.

Get started learning now!

New Release: Up and Running with Sass

Published on October 17, 2013

Earlier this week we released a brand new course as part of the The Happy Cog Way bundle. It’s Up and Running with Sass by Happy Cog Developer Anthony Colangelo.

Sass makes it easier to write CSS with more sensible syntax, organization, and reusable code. In this course, Happy Cog Developer Anthony Colangelo carefully lays out how to use Sass and details the best practices.

Learn how to install Sass, write nested rules, create and use variables, create mixins, and more.


Ready to learn Sass? Get started now with Anthony’s course.

New Releases for The Happy Cog Way

Published on October 01, 2013

Over the last week, we’ve released two new courses for The Happy Cog Way bundle launched in September.

Last week we released Responsive Web Design by Happy Cog Designer Sophie Shepherd.

During this course by Designer Sophie Shepherd, you’ll learn the best way to approach a Responsive Web Design project and how fluid grids, flexible media, and media queries help you build responsive pages. Get an inside look into how Happy Cog handles Responsive Web Design for client projects.

Today we made available the next course in the bundle: Fundamentals of HTML5 by Happy Cog Developer Stephen Caver.

HTML5: What is it and what can you do with it? Happy Cog Developer Stephen Caver shares the most important aspects of HTML5 and the best practices of creating organized, semantic HTML documents.

The entire The Happy Cog Way bundle is still available for only $99. But that price only last until 10/8. If you haven’t ordered it yet, now is the time before the price goes up.

New Courses: The Happy Cog Way

Published on September 17, 2013

Today I am happy to announce the release of The Happy Cog Way, a bundle of 8 courses on best practices and methods from the experts at Happy Cog.


Each course comes with a training video, professional transcript, a recorded roundtable discussion with the Happy Cog team, all sample code, and supplemental materials, like checklists, talking points, and more.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • HTML Prototyping
  • Responsive Web Design
  • HTML5
  • CSS3
  • Sass
  • How to build a type system
  • Basics of Grids
  • Deploying websites

The first course, HTML Protoyping by Patrick Marsceill is available today. The remaining courses will be available weekly over the next 2 months.

Buy the bundle of courses today for a huge discount at only $99. As the courses are available they’ll appear in your Mijingo.com account.

New Course: Getting Started with WordPress

Published on August 29, 2013

A few months ago I found myself in the middle of a custom WordPress them, under a tight deadline and looking for somewhere to start to understand the basics of WordPress themes and templates. I wish I had a comprehensive video course to watch. So, I found an expert to create one for Mijingo.

Today we released a brand new course on WordPress, one of the most popular content management systems in the world.

From humble beginnings as a simple blogging tool, WordPress now powers around 19% of the websites on the internet. And while its dashboard is simple to use for content administration, building and customizing a theme for WordPress isn’t always straight-forward.

This 2 ½ hour course by WordPress veteran John Chandler closes the knowledge gap and gets you up and running building sites with WordPress.

The course is divided into three videos, each one bringing you one step closer in your own journey to becoming a WordPress master.

Ready to get started learning WordPress or tighten up your skills? Learn WordPress now.

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