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OSDownloads Now Has Email Validation for Downloads

osdownloadsWe have just released OSDownloads 1.3 with several great new features.

The most important new feature in OSDownloads Pro is email validation. Now you can email download links to users. This makes sure that they enter a valid email address.

If someone does enter valid email address, you can automatically add them to your MailChimp list.

On the other hand, if they enter a fake email address or don't click the link, they won't be added to MailChimp.

You can also disable this feature for logged-in users (because they have probably already confirmed their email address).

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OSYouTube Has Improved Autoplay and a Smart Autolinker

osyoutube The best YouTube video embedder just received two new features that will give you more control and flexibility. We have improved the autoplay capabilities and added a smart autolinker

YouTube already supports autoplay and it is great, but we've found a way to add further improvements so you can control how and when a video will autoplay.

We've also resolved a limitation with links to YouTube. Previous versions of OSYouTube would automatically convert all YouTube URLs into videos, but now you have the option to leave the link as it is.

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Easily Tweak Your Digital Marketing Strategy To Remain Ahead Of Your Competitors

Digital world moves at a very fast pace. When Facebook was growing at a breakneck speed, Instagram burst on to the world stage and people found a new way to share photos.

Similarly, when instagram was gobbled up by Facebook, Snapchat came on the scene and quickly gathered more than 100 million users.

Who knew, the world needs another messaging app when WhatsApp was launched in 2009.

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What Exactly Is Inbound Marketing?

Inbound marketing, in its simplest form is promoting a company and/or business through a variety of forms of content marketing including but not limited to; blogs, podcasts, videos, eBooks, white papers, eNewsletters, SEO, and social media.

On the other side of the spectrum there is outbound marketing. Strategies that are considered outbound marketing are various forms of marketing through buying attention. These forms include but are not limited to; flyers, billboards, TV advertisements and cold calling.

With inbound marketing, the objective is to reel in customers with constant quality content. The idea is to earn prospects as your customers instead of "buying" them.

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OSpam-a-not: Our New Joomla Spam-Fighting Extension

OSpam-a-notWe're Knights of the Round Table,
We dance when ere we're able,
We do routines and chorus scenes
With footwork impeccable.
We dine well here in Camelot,
We eat ham and jam and spam a lot.
--Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Last year at OSTraining.com, we started using an unobtrusive technique on some of our web forms in an attempt to stop the flood of spambots submitting junk on those forms. It worked better than we could have hoped and we've been talking about turning it into a Joomla! plugin ever since.

With apologies to Monty Python we are calling it OSpam-a-not.

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Joomla Marketing Tips and Core Strategies

If you are using a Joomla platform to market your services or products online, then you already know you have a very powerful system in place.

However, that is only part of the equation. You also need to know the most crucial internet marketing strategies, in order to make the most of your marketing efforts.

Here are the things you should be implementing:

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Joomla Inbound Marketing Tips

Inbound Marketing is effectively marketing where your customers are and giving them the information they need and thus is easily the most effective form of online marketing out there. It trumps outbound marketing by far.

However, implementing an effective inbound marketing strategy can be more difficult than it seems. Below we will discuss some of the best Joomla inbound marketing tips known to man.

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The Future of XMap

xmapThere is something unique for me about XMap.

We first used XMap back in 2007 and we're still running XMap on OSTraining.com in 2015.

I can't think of very few other Joomla extensions that have been so useful for so long. We hope we're able to use XMap for a long time to come.

But, XMap development isn't moving forward. The last major release was version 2.3 back in 2012. The last minor update was in the summer of 2013.

We'd love to help move XMap forward.

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