Dashes vs. Underscores in your URLs

September 27th, 2011 | Filed in: Customizing ExpressionEngine

ExpressionEngine’s default word separator for URL titles is an underscore. In the linked video Matt Cutts explains that Google interprets underscores as a connector and dashes as a separator- for friendlier URLs change your default settings! It’s easy to do, but somewhat hidden: Admin > Channel Administration > Global Preferences…


Next and Previous

February 14th, 2011 | Filed in: Custom MySQL • First party add-ons

Expression Engine has robust support built in for pagination, including "next" and "previous" links for individual entries. Designed to work on "single entry" pages, it's an effective way to allow browsing through entries without needing to go back to a list of entries. In some cases however, for example smaller…


Post to Free Form w/ Ajax Validation

October 30th, 2010 | Filed in: Third party add-ons

We use the excellent free EE module from solspace, Free Form on many of our Expression Engine websites. The plugin is easy to manage, can be styled with CSS easily, and functions beautifully. We wanted to add a layer of javascript to our form post to allow users to send…


A simple approach to ordered content

October 15th, 2010 | Filed in: Third party add-ons

In most instances Expression Engine’s default method of organizing channel entry content by date works perfectly well. For example, you may have a “news” page dedicated to showing entries in your news channel- by default the most recent entry will appear at the top, exactly where you’d want it. For…


Custom jquery gallery with Matrix

September 30th, 2010 | Filed in: Custom PHP • Third party add-ons

When we were designing, the principal focus of the site was to showcase the product line. Since the site was built on Expression Engine, crafting a product database that the client could ultimately control was the easy part. The challenge for us was finding a way to display the…


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