EECI2009 Slideshow and Presentation Notes - From Design to Dynamic, Rapid EE Development
Hello from the Netherlands! The EECI2009 conf is in full swing, and we’re having a great time! This entry is more of a companion piece to my presentation (you can check the slides out below). So if some things don’t make sense, read through it. Someday when I have time I hope to write a more detailed version, but for now this is what we’ve got! For those on the fast track, this is how we setup EE and “package” it so it’s ready to go for each new site we do. Go read up on Structure and try it out. You’ll thank me later.
The more ExpressionEngine sites we develop, we began to see a faster, more efficient way of doing things. The advent of 3rd Part Addons like Structure and Field Frame are opening up a whole new world of rapid development.
While we were becoming excited with all the new possibilities of faster development times and better usability for our clients, we found setting it up was taking longer. We were grabbing the 15+ Addons by hand, installing and configuring them. Then we would generally setup templates based on each page of the site, using global variables and template embeds to keep as much of it dynamic as possible. But it was still a lot of copying and pasting.
We realized we needed a “sandbox” install of EE with all our Addons installed and up to date. We also needed the basic templates and global variables that we used all the time. Add to that a good bit of extras and what we’ll call “sweet tricks” and all of a sudden we’ve got an EE install that’s ready to move to your new server and start throwing HTML into and creating content almost instantly. Seriously rapid development.
I’m not going to rewrite the entire presentation; you can probably go through it and figure most of it out yourself. But what I will provide is a quick list of all the links I use in the presentation and some simple text files of the complicated code bits.
- LG Addon Updater - View Site
- LG .htaccess Generator - View Site
- LG Replace - View Site
- LG Add Site Name - View Site
- LG Tiny MCE - View Site
- SL Developer Info - View Site
- Image Sizer - View Site
- Word Limit Plus - View Site
- Category Checkboxes - View Site
- Freeform - View Site
- FieldFrame - View Site
- nGen File Field - View Site
- Structure - View Site
- Edit Menu Dropdown - Download
Image Replacement Technique
AJ Penninga - View Video
Sidebar, Nav and Content templates - Download Here