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Building Websites with ExpressionEngine 1.6

Leonard Murphy

A clear, concise, and practical guide to creating a professional ExpressionEngine website
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Book Details

ISBN 139781847193797
Paperback396 pages

About This Book

  • Carefully explained steps for creating a professional ExpressionEngine website
  • Get set up and running as quickly as possible
  • Customize the look of your site and manage its content and users

Who This Book Is For

This book is ideal for new users of ExpressionEngine. The book is targeted at people who are responsible for creating and managing a site with ExpressionEngine. It is suitable for web developers, designers, webmasters, content editors, and marketing professionals who want to develop a fully featured web presence in a simple and straightforward process.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction to ExpressionEngine
Why Use a Content Management System?
How Does ExpressionEngine Fit In?
What Can ExpressionEngine Do?
How Does ExpressionEngine Measure Up?
Who is This Book Intended For?
Who is This Book Not Intended For?
What Can You Expect From This Book?
Further Reading and Resources
Chapter 2: Getting Installed
What Do We Need to Get Started?
Download the ExpressionEngine Files
Upload the ExpressionEngine Files
Install ExpressionEngine
Logging into the Control Panel
Creating User-Friendly URLs
Chapter 3: Start Posting
Toast for Sale!
Inside the Control Panel
Templates and URLs
Working with Multiple Templates
Creating Our First Entry
Viewing Our First Entry
Make Our Weblog Pretty Using CSS
Moving Our Elements Around
Chapter 4: Creating an Easy to Maintain Website
Creating a New Weblog
Creating Custom Fields
Creating the First Draft of Our Home Page
Creating the Template for Our Conventional Website
Writng an About Us Page
Customizing Our URLs
Define a 404 Page Not Found
Writing a Menu for Our Website
Chapter 5: Create an Advanced Weblog
Create a New Weblog
Customize Our Weblog Fields
Publish Our First Products
Create the Template for Our Product Showcase
Create Our Single-Entry Page
Allowing Comments on Our Weblog Entries
Improving Our 404 Page Not Found Capabilities
Using Variables
Chapter 6: Members
Setting Up Links for Member Functions on Our Menu
Registering As a New Member
The Member Profile
The Member List
Global Member Preferences
Introduction to Member Groups
Configuring Our Member Groups
Create a Member
Log in As Editor Phil
Creating a Member-Only Section
The Stand-Alone Entry Form (SAEF)
The Mailing List Module
Chapter 7: Creating a Calendar
Create an Events Calendar Weblog
Create the Calendar Template
Create a Separate Template for Our Calendar Events
Displaying Events on Our Calendar
Displaying Upcoming Events Underneath Our Calendar
Going Further with Our Calendar
Chapter 8: Creating a Photo Gallery
Install the Photo Gallery Module
Setting Up Our Photo Gallery
Upload Our First Photos
View Our Photo Gallery
Changing the Design of Our Photo Gallery
Advanced Photo Gallery Features
Creating a Photo Gallery without the Photo Gallery Module
Chapter 9: Other Modules and Functionality
ExpressionEngine Add-Ons
More ExpressionEngine Features
Backups and Restores
Upgrading ExpressionEngine

What You Will Learn

  • Install and set up ExpressionEngine
  • Manage your ExpressionEngine installation, including backups, restores, and version updates
  • Build a website from the ground up using ExpressionEngine
  • Customize the look of your site with HTML/CSS and templates to create the right impression
  • Create friendly URLs for your pages to be picked up by Internet search engines
  • Handle new user registrations, forgotten passwords, and logging in
  • Allow users to interact with your site using comments
  • Add Calendar features to your site
  • Display images on your site with the Photo Gallery module
  • Add search functionality to your site
  • Find out how to easily install add-ons such as plug-ins, extensions, and modules to enhance ExpressionEngine's functionality
  • Learn how to integrate Paypal into ExpressionEngine in order to sell goods
  • Get an overview of implementing the discussion forum module

In Detail

ExpressionEngine is a flexible, feature-rich open-source content management system used by thousands of individuals, organizations, and companies to easily manage their websites. It is written in the world's most popular web scripting language, PHP, and built on the MySQL database server. This book is written for ExpressionEngine 1.6 users, although it will still be a good introduction for those using other versions.

If you're eager to start creating websites with ExpressionEngine, this is your book. This book gives you clear, concise and, of course, practical guidance to take you from the basics of setting up ExpressionEngine to developing the skills you need to create professional ExpressionEngine websites to be reckoned with.

This book will take you through the process of setting up a website with ExpressionEngine with the help of an example site. By creating a site for selling toast online, you will learn all the stages required for building a professional website in a plain, articulate manner.

This book is aimed at beginners new to ExpressionEngine, but will allow readers to advance rapidly up the learning curve to the point where they can tackle any task with confidence.

Once you're set up with a basic installation of ExpressionEngine, you will move on to learn about creating and managing your content, customizing the look of your site, managing users and groups, allowing visitors to post comments and feedback, building an events calendar, and building a photo gallery. The book also covers the discussion forum module, the simple commerce module, and the wiki module as well as basics such as creating search-engine friendly URLs, 404 "page not found" pages, removing the index.php file for cleaner URLs and updating ExpressionEngine to the latest version.


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