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ExpressionEngine Conference 2016 Call for Papers

Madison Event Center auditorium

The ExpressionEngine Conference is coming to the midwest this year on October 3 & 4th. Details for attendees will be made available soon via the conference website. This year we’re lending a hand in getting the best speakers and presenters. We sent out a call for papers via our newsletter and Twitter, and the response has been great. The lineup is looking fantastic so far!

If you haven’t submitted your proposal to speak yet, there are only 10 days left to do so. And the bar has been set high

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Time to Upgrade PHP

Now that both ExpressionEngine 3 and ExpressionEngine 2 are compatible with PHP 7, you may be wondering whether it’s worth the trouble asking your host to upgrade PHP. Why fix what’s not broken, right? If your host is resistant, certainly it’s not worth shopping for a better host, right?

There are three common myths for not updating your PHP version:

  • Web hosts don’t offer the newer version.
  • You don’t really gain a lot.
  • Things will break.

Let’s dispell these myths.

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Only 7 Days Remain To Join Us at Peers!

In its fourth year, Peers Conference has hit its stride, and we are happy to be sponsoring once again. Join us April 13–15 in St. Petersburg, Florida for one of the more unique tech conferences around.

St. Petersburg, FL sunrise

Instead of the same old talks you’ve heard before, Peers is more of an opportunity to learn from your industry equals. People in the trenches just like you. Nearly half of the presenters are #womenintech. Its organizers understand that our industry is stronger when we help each other.

If

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Peers Conference 2016 Workshop: Modernize Your ExpressionEngine Install

Pascal Kriete Peers Conf Workshop

You’ve been wanting to upgrade to ExpressionEngine 3, but you’re faced with:

  • your own site, untouched in years
  • a client looking for a refresh
  • a site you’ve inherited from another developer
  • an ailing site you’ve been asked to fix
  • a site acquired by purchase or merger

Where do you start? What do you do with the PHP someone left in the templates? What about third-party abandonware, or the bespoke add-ons that no one remembers who wrote?

On Wednesday, April 13 in St. Petersburg, Florida, our

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New Home for the User Guide

The ExpressionEngine user guide is now at a new home. There you can find documentation for all major versions of ExpressionEngine, including legacy and retired versions.

If you target the specific versions in your links, they will remain good regardless of future releases. So your links to https://docs.expressionengine.com/v3/ currently redirect to latest/, but will continue to point to v3 docs even after we release 4.0 (which would itself become latest/).

The move returns the focus on

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Backing Up ExpressionEngine

We’ve all been there: a client or customer calls to say something has disappeared, you delete one file too many, or a hard drive has simply crashed. You either felt devastated, or you were able to swoop in and save the day because you have a backup plan.

Everyone should have a backup plan for not only their personal computers, but also their websites. Websites can lose data due to hacking, server crashes, or human error. Plan for the worst and be able to get back online in a jiffy without

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ExpressionEngine Conference, Special Edition: October 15

A few months ago, the great folks who run the ExpressionEngine Conference asked us if we would participate in a special one-day event focusing on ExpressionEngine 3.0. We were more than happy to, and with the venue they are providing along the River Walk in San Antonio, how could we say no?

Here are the talks our team has planned:

  • Keynote Address: It took foundational changes to both EllisLab and ExpressionEngine to get to version 3.0. I’ll share what this new release brings and where

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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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