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New Book: The Guide to ExpressionEngine Development

ExpressionEngine veteran and personality behind devot:ee Ryan Masuga has released a new ExpressionEngine book: The Guide to ExpressionEngine Development. This book is unique from most other ExpressionEngine-related education in that it focuses on the project environment, development practices specific to ExpressionEngine, security, and other processes.

I was able to provide a tech review of the book and was really impressed, which led to me asking Ryan if I could write a foreword, which I’ve

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Easy Multi-device Local Development with xip.io

You are building a site locally and you’d like to quickly check your work on your iPad, iPhone, another computer, or maybe a client’s laptop. You could pay for a dynamic DNS service, setup a DNS server on your local network, or setup a proxy server perhaps. But there’s an easier way.

In my case I want to access my local feature branch of ExpressionEngine 3.0 on all my devices at home. The key is a “magic domain” service, xip.io.1

How to do it

I have my Apache VirtualHost and /etc/hosts file

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MinneWebCon Ticket Giveaway

We are giving away a ticket to this year’s MinneWebCon in Minneapolis, Minnesota on April 13–14. MinneWebCon focuses on grassroots knowledge-sharing. If that doesn’t sound like the ExpressionEngine community, I don’t know what does! MinneWebCon attracts many people who work in public and non-profit sectors, but has something for everybody. It was a no brainer for us to sponsor.

To enter, tweet why you love ExpressionEngine, following the official rules:

  • Tweet a brief reason why you love

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Save Thousands of Dollars by Paying More for Hosting

We’re going to show how you and your clients can save thousands of dollars a year by paying more for hosting. No typo.

While helping our customers, we log in to many sites. Sometimes, the control panel is slow. To see why it’s taking so long, my first stop used to be Extensions. Now it’s a quick trip to whoishostingthis.com.

Normally, the ExpressionEngine control panel is fast. Zippy even. There aren’t many pages in the control panel that should have an execution time of more than a second.

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ExpressionEngine Giveaway at March 4 ABQ Web Geeks Presentation

Are you a WordPress, Joomla, Textpattern, or Drupal user in the Albuequerque area who has been curious about ExpressionEngine? Or just new to ExpressionEngine and want to see what it’s capable of? Mark March 4, 2015 on your calendar and head to the ABQ Web Geeks presentation, “ExpressionEngine—A Practical Introduction.”

Seven year ExpressionEngine expert Caroline C. Blaker of Petroglyph Creative will give a live tour of ExpressionEngine and its ecosystem. She will not only explain what you

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Tune Up Your Skills with Train-ee ExpressionEngine Training

This post is from a featured guest, Mike Boyink, who runs Train-ee

Some businesses are started after copious amounts of market research, product viability studies, and cost/benefit analysis.

Train-ee was born out of a love for ExpressionEngine and a desire to help others learn it.

In 2006 I was active in the EE forums and someone posted “I just wish there was a series of step by step tutorials on how to use EE”. I figured I could do that. I began a rough once-a-week schedule and a few months

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Mijingo: A Funny Name, But a Serious Way to Learn ExpressionEngine

This post is from a featured guest, Ryan Irelan, who runs Mijingo

Mijingo was founded on ExpressionEngine. It’s the first topic I taught and the CMS that has powered Mijingo.com from the beginning.

Since publishing my first ExpressionEngine video course in 2008, I’ve been floored by how many people have told me that the Mijingo EE course was an important part of their getting started with ExpressionEngine. For some it even helped put them on a path to a different career.

One former student

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Live Online ExpressionEngine Training from Creat-EE

This post is from a featured guest, Jae Barclay, who runs [Creat-ee.com][1]

As someone who’s been involved in both web design & development as well as teaching and training for the past 17 years, running [Creat-ee.com][1] was a natural extension of our business ([www.ejaedesign.com][2]).

When we first started working with EE back in 2007, there were no live online trainings available. I felt there was a need there and thus [Creat-ee.com][1] was born in 2010 with five distinct services.

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SSL Everywhere at EllisLab

EllisLab.com now runs SSL Everywhere1, making your accounts safer and contributing to a more secure internet. There have not been any breaches at EllisLab.com nor any other reason to panic, we just want to do our part to be good netizens. We have three simple steps you can take as well to be internet heroes.

First, we are recommending that you change your password. Why should you bother? Probably one of these applies to you:

  1. Have you ever used your password somewhere else? Heartbleed

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2.8 User Guide Additions: Advanced Templates

We thought it would be helpful to point out some of the additions and changes to the user guide that came with the release of ExpressionEngine 2.8. Today’s topic: advanced templates.

Relative Dates

Relative date formatting gives even greater control on how you present time-based information. There is a great deal of variety and control at your disposal with the relative date formatting parameters that you may not be aware of. For instance, did you know that the format= and timezone= parameters will take over when your stop= parameter kicks in? Or perhaps you even missed that all of your date variables can now be displayed in any timezone.

Modulus Operator for Conditionals

The modulus operator for conditionals was added in ExpressionEngine 2.7.1 last September, and we blogged about it but whoops! We neglected to add it to the user guide until December.

Multiple search:field= Parameter Clarification

In the example of using multiple search parameters in the Channel Entries tag:

{exp:channel:entries search:style="=ale" search:region="germany|belgium" search:rating="=3|4|5"}

We added the following explanation to help clarify how they will interact:

When using multiple search parameters, all search parameters must be matched in order for an entry to be included. The above example would pull back only those entries where the style is ‘ale’, the region is ‘germany’ or ‘belgium’ and the rating is 3, 4 or 5.

Relationship Namespaced Variables

Did you know that inside a Relationship tag pair that you can namespace and use any variable available to the Channel Entries tag, including switch?

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