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Keeping the Copyright Date Current

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Here’s a simple one: How do you set up a site’s copyright notice so that it’s always up to date? With a dynamic publishing system like ExpressionEngine, it would be silly to manually update that copyright date at the start of every new year.

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How to Make a Bug Report

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It’s nice to be back in the groove this week and fully recovered from the ExpressionEngine Conference in Portland. The Customer Advocates’ presentation on troubleshooting ExpressionEngine sites went great. In fact, I’d like to pick up where the presentation left off.

One thing I didn’t get to talk about at the conference was bugs and what to do if you think you’ve been bitten by one. Quinn and Seth have been doing some serious cleaning out of the bug tracker, so I thought this would be a good time to review when and how to submit a bug report.

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EllisLab Q&A at the ExpressionEngine Conference

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EllisLab’s entire staff will be participating in a Q&A session at the upcoming ExpressionEngine Conference on Monday at 11am. While we will be fielding live questions from the audience, we are also taking questions in advance that the moderator will ask. This allows people who are planning on going to one of the other two talks at 11am (or who cannot attend the conference at all) to have an opportunity to have their questions answered. With so many people on our panel, it also helps us coordinate the short fifty minutes so that we can answer as many questions as possible in a sane manner. It also has the benefit of eliminating potentially long lines at the microphones.

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Reminder: Support for ExpressionEngine 1 Ends December 7th

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In a little under two months, ExpressionEngine 1 will be retired, which means it will no longer receive updates of any kind and will no longer be eligible for EllisLab Support. To ensure that expert help from EllisLab continues to be available for all your client sites, we encourage you to upgrade your remaining ExpressionEngine 1 sites as soon as possible.

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ExpressionEngine 2.7.2 Released

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ExpressionEngine 2.7.2 is now available for download. It is a security and stability release recommended for all users. In addition to improving security, it includes over 20 bug fixes.

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Preview Entries with Live Look

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Before publishing content, many authors and editors like to double-check that it looks the way they expect it to look on the front-end. Live Look lets you do just that, and it’s pretty easy to set up.

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jQuery Gotchas with Channel Forms

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Several first-party fieldtypes (Grid, Relationships, Rich Text Editor, Date, and File) rely on jQuery to function as intended when used in front-end Channel Forms.

Channel Form automatically inserts the JavaScript necessary to function, as well as a call to jQuery. However, this will result in a conflict if your HTML template is already calling for jQuery, causing Channel Form to stop working as expected.

Fortunately, the parameter include_jquery can help save the day.

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Putting the “Secure” in Secure Mode Forms

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The Secure Mode setting in ExpressionEngine serves a very important function and is often misunderstood. Secure Mode ensures that all forms processed by ExpressionEngine came from the visitor who was given the form and not some other source that may be trying to do very bad things. If the call is not coming from the visitor it was generated for, ExpressionEngine will reject it.

At its most basic level, this feature helps prevent spam bots from bombing your site with automated data as they try to add unwelcome viagra ads to your innocent comments section. However, the really important duty of Secure Mode is stopping cross-site request forgery attacks which include not only common spammers but also malicious external attacks.

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End of Summer Special Ends Today

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This past Sunday marks the first day of fall, and summer is officially over. We’ve let our celebration of the changing of seasons run a few days into autumn, but our $30 off promotion on all new ExpressionEngine license purchases ends today.

To save $30 today only, use coupon code VET6-UN5A in your cart when making your ExpressionEngine purchases. There are no per-customer or per-cart limits, so you are free to enjoy this discount to secure licenses for future projects. Enjoy!

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ExpressionEngine 2.7.1 Released

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ExpressionEngine 2.7.1 is now available for download. It is a stability release that squashes over 30 bugs and makes a few noteworthy changes.

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