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ExpressionEngine 2: A Quick-Start Guide


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ExpressionEngine 2

A Quick-Start Guide


Whether you’re building a small site or a large corporate undertaking, ExpressionEngine is becoming the tool of choice. With this Quick-Start Guide, you’ll get hands-on experience with ExpressionEngine 2 by building a complete web site from start to finish. You’ll learn techniques and best practices for customizing and optimizing your sites, including working with new ExpressionEngine 2 features, templates, and site search.

About this Title

Pages: 250
Published: 2010-04-01
Release: P2.1 (2012-07-05)
ISBN: 978-1-93435-652-4

Get up and running with ExpressionEngine 2 quickly as ExpressionEngine expert Ryan Irelan walks you through creating an online news site, Engine City Times. You’ll get hands-on experience working with dynamic content, categories, an RSS feed, site search, and more as you build your news site.

You’ll further improve your ExpressionEngine skills with advanced techniques for creating powerful and manageable templates, effectively managing site files and assets, and optimizing your ExpressionEngine website to handle thousands of visitors. Go beyond the native ExpressionEngine functionality and customize the system through the use of add-ons to help you build better websites.

Whether you’re a web designer, web developer, or web master, Ryan gets you started building sites with ExpressionEngine in no time.

What You Need: ExpressionEngine 2.5

Contents & Extracts

Full Table of Contents



  • Getting Started with ExpressionEngine
    • Installing ExpressionEngine
    • Hands-on Templating excerpt
  • Building Your First ExpressionEngine Site
    • What We’re Building
    • Creating and Configuring the Site
    • Making the Pages excerpt
    • Adding the Final Touches
  • Digging In
    • Creating Relationships Between Entries
    • Managing Files and Images
    • Advanced Templating
    • Optimizing Your EE Site
    • Extending EE with Add-Ons


Ryan Irelan is VP of Technology at Happy Cog, a web design and development firm in based in New York City, Philadelphia and Austin. He is a noted ExpressionEngine expert, having created a wildly popular video training series on ExpressionEngine. Additionally, Ryan is the publisher of EE Insider, a well-known news and information site for the ExpressionEngine community. Ryan is formerly the production director of A List Apart Magazine, which is one of the most popular ExpressionEngine-powered sites on the web.