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Devot-ee Offers Timed Downloads & Changes Revenue Share

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Ryan Masuga gave a sort of State of the State of Devot-ee & EE Add-on Development today on the website’s blog.

He introduced two major changes to how Devot-ee operates:

  • Add-on sellers will be able to impose a download time limit on all purchases.
  • Devot-ee is moving to a 70/30 revenue split with sellers.

Both make sense to me.

The timed downloads help address the ongoing support issue for add-ons. Effectively, a customer can purchase the add-on once and then the developers are on the hook for support for, well, forever.

The developers’ only recourse for recouping their time spent on add-on development is to release a paid upgrade version. They still have to support 1.0 of an add-on that is on 5.0. Not sustainable. Devot-ee is giving them a tool to try to help.

The revenue share is between add-on developers and Devot-ee. If you deem it too steep (it’s not), then you are not obligated to sell. Some add-on developers make the choice to sell add-ons exclusively on their own. Some others make the choice to sell exclusively through Devot-ee.

There was a good series of conversations on Twitter today about this. I am preserving as many as possible using Storify before they disappear into the dark canyons of Twitter.

Before you chime in, hear Ryan out. Read his post here.

Posted on Oct 03, 2014 by Ryan Irelan

Filed Under: EE Add-ons

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CTRL+CLICK CAST: Defining Web Roles with Anton Peck

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What exactly is your role in a company? As a designer, are you expected to understand code? If so, what language? As a developer, do you have fundamental design knowledge? If so, to what extent? In this week’s episode, Anton Peck, UI/UX Director of OneFire Media, stops by the show to ponder the increasingly complicated and overlapping roles that web professionals are expected to have. We discuss the history of the web, realistic and unrealistic expectations of skillset, and the importance of communication whether you find yourself in a silo’d situation or have overlapping responsibilities.

Tune in now!

Posted on Oct 02, 2014 by CTRL+CLICK CAST

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CTRL+CLICK CAST: CSS Animations with Val Head

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Once upon a time, if you wanted animation on your website you had to use Flash, video or complex JavaScript. Today, CSS animations are possible, opening up new opportunities for web designers to enhance their sites with smoother and more elegant interactions. For the latest CTRL+CLICK, web and motion designer Val Head gives us a primer on CSS animations: what they are, their benefits and their challenges.

Val explains the differences between transforms, transitions and animations, as well as the roles CSS and JS can play in web animations. We discuss how CSS animations can enhance the interactive experience, as well as considerations for browser support and performance. Val also offers her tips for getting inspiration and tools to help you get started. Tune in now!

Thanks to Visual Chefs for sponsoring this episode.

Posted on Sep 18, 2014 by CTRL+CLICK CAST

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CTRL+CLICK CAST: Perch CMS

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Drew McLellan, creator of Perch CMS, stops by the show this week to explain how a side project evolved into a full-time product. We discuss the difference between client and product work, why he created Perch in the first place, how feedback altered the direction of Perch, his perspective on support (and whether or not you should pay for it), how they tackle comprehensive documentation, and what’s on the horizon for third-party devs, plus the future of Perch with more complex sites.

Tune in now!

Posted on Sep 04, 2014 by CTRL+CLICK CAST

Filed Under: CTRL+CLICK CAST

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DevDemon Releases Subscriptions Add-on

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DevDemon recently released their Subscription add-on for ExpressionEngine, which makes it easy to sell subscriptions through your ExpressionEngine-powered website.

I’ve been using this in beta over the Summer for some testing on a project of mine. It’s very flexible and, out of the box, it should do everything you’d need from a subscription add-on, including customizing through actions.

Subscriptions also delivers a very powerful Trigger and Action system. Utilizing almost 20 different triggers you can customize actions through an easy to use control panel. These triggers allow your administrator to modify and create new subscriptions without modifying template tags.

Visit the DevDemon site for all the details but here are my favorite features:

  • Vouchers
  • Trials
  • Coupons
  • Multiple plan levels
  • Expiring card notifications

A nice addition to our selection of add-ons for EE and ecommerce!

Posted on Sep 03, 2014 by Ryan Irelan

Filed Under: E-commerce, EE Add-ons

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ExpressionEngine Command Line Interface?

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If anyone would take a stab at a CLI for ExpressionEngine, it would be Rob Sanchez.

And he did.

The CLI right now is limited in functionality (empty cache, install add-ons) but Rob is asking for pull requests with additional commands.

Have something you want to see added? Code it and then submit a pull request to the Github project.

Thank you, Rob. This is a great addition.

Posted on Aug 26, 2014 by Ryan Irelan

Filed Under: Development Tools

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ExpressionEngine Conference 2014 Coming Up Soon

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We are less than 2 months away from the 2014 ExpressionEngine Conference in Alexandria, VA. It takes place October 5-7.

I attended An Event Apart in Alexandria a few years ago and it’s a great place to have a conference. Old Town Alexandria is filled with places to eat and drink. Looks like the hotel has some nice views of the Potomac, too!

The conference will feature more than 20 speakers covering topics from building add-ons to building a business.

Registration is open for both individuals and agencies. $495 gets you in the door for the event plus all of the recorded sessions.

Posted on Aug 22, 2014 by Ryan Irelan

Filed Under: Conferences

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What They’re Saying About EE

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This is a on-going series of entries where I highlight EE experiences.

Posted on Aug 22, 2014 by Ryan Irelan

Filed Under: What They're Saying About EE

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ExpressionEngine on CMS Chronicles Podcast

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Over at Mijingo I started a limited run podcast covering web content management systems and the people that use them. It’s called CMS Chronicles.

I recently released an episode on ExpressionEngine. I had two separate conversations with two veterans of the EE community: Matt Weinberg of Vector Media Group, and Anna Brown of Media Girl, Inc.

During the conversations we covered some basics about ExpressionEngine and how they each use it and have used it to do client work and grow their businesses.

Give it a listen and subscribe to get all future episodes.

Posted on Aug 22, 2014 by Ryan Irelan

Filed Under: Community

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CTRL+CLICK CAST: Technology for Social Good with Aisha Satterwhite

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Using technology to promote a business or a service isn’t that much different than using it to advance a social cause. Success in both is about choosing the right tools, crafting effective messaging, finding your audience and constant measurement.

For the latest CTRL+CLICK, digital strategist Aisha Satterwhite joins the show to discuss the role of technology in social advocacy. Drawing from her career working in advocacy, including her current role as a Vice President of Project Management at Blue State Digital, Aisha discusses how technology for social advocacy has evolved as tech has become more accessible, and how it complements on-the-ground advocacy. We also discuss the personal and professional challenges of engaging on social media about “controversial” issues. Tune in now!

Thanks to Visual Chefs for sponsoring this episode.

Posted on Aug 21, 2014 by CTRL+CLICK CAST

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CTRL+CLICK CAST: Software as a Service with Ryan Masuga

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Client services vs. Software as a Service: what are the pros and cons? This week, Ryan Masuga, founder of Devot:ee and Masuga Design, stops by the show to discuss the nitty gritty of designing, developing, and launching his own web app, Lamplighter. We discuss its beginnings as Devot:ee Monitor and reasons behind the transition to Lamplighter, as well as the details on the app’s creation, pricing, customer service, marketing and future.

We also discuss what’s on the horizon for Devot:ee!

Tune in now!

Posted on Aug 07, 2014 by CTRL+CLICK CAST

Filed Under: CTRL+CLICK CAST

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ExpressionEngine Demo Videos

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Marcus Neto of Blue Fish Design Studio has a YouTube Channel with demos of websites built on ExpressionEngine.

There’s also a demo of ExpressionEngine 2.9 (the latest version as of this post) and one of how they built a business directory in EE.

Idea: a community channel of video walk-thrus of websites/features you built on ExpressionEngine.

Posted on Jul 29, 2014 by Ryan Irelan

Filed Under: Community, ExpressionEngine 2

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Patrick Pohler Builds an EE Add-on API

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Patrick Pohler penned an article on Medium on how to easily add an API to your ExpressionEngine add-on.

Adding an API can help you add-on be more useful and flexible because it can connect to other systems, and allow developer to extend it without hacking the add-on code.

So how are external apps going to communicate to our ExpressionEngine add-on? We’ll need to make sure we can expose API methods that respond correctly to GET and POST requests.

Patrick continues with API code samples for his “Mission Tracker” A-team sample add-on, including a detailed code walk-thru. Very helpful!

Read the entire how-to article

Posted on Jul 29, 2014 by Ryan Irelan

Filed Under: EE Add-ons

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CTRL+CLICK CAST: Super Charging Text Editors with Sean Smith

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One thing every web developer has in common is a text editor of some kind or another. But how every web developer uses their text editor of choice couldn’t be more different. For this week’s episode, special guest Sean Smith joins the show to discuss making your text editor work harder for you, so you can work better and more efficiently.

We talk about the text editors we each have used throughout our careers and what our current favorites are (and why). Sean discusses some of the common features and customization for text editors that can make coding easier, including syntax highlighting, custom fonts, code collapsing and text expanders. He also details his collection of ExpressionEngine snippets for Emmet, which can be added to a variety of text editors including Sublime and Coda. Tune in now!

Thanks to Visual Chefs for sponsoring this episode!

Posted on Jul 24, 2014 by CTRL+CLICK CAST

Filed Under: CTRL+CLICK CAST

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Updates on ExpressionEngine Conditionals

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A couple of relevant updates for you on the changes with how ExpressionEngine 2.9+ handles conditionals.

Yesterday, I wrote:

Conditionals are parsed better, simple vs. advanced conditional is now a thing of the past, and there are some nice new operators; you can do simple math and more robust comparisons.

I was, admittedly, glossing over a big change in EE and one that impacts some third party developers. Fortunately, because of the Developer Preview Program all developers who participate had plenty of warning on this change. But it doesn’t mean that this will be a simple transition.

(A month ago, EllisLab wrote a good explanation of the changes to conditionals that is required reading for anyone working with EE.)

Already developers are posting updates for their add-ons to support the new conditional handling and they are trying to get the word out about how their add-ons are affected.

Low Schutte pondered:

As I wrote in last week’s Content Mgmt Outlook email:

The forever problem of moving forward versus not leaving people behind.

Low also wrote up some instructions on how to use his Low Search add-on going forward:

And Mark Croxton, the wizard behind Stash, tweeted:

Stash in 2.9 still works the same but Mark highlights an important workaround.

Mark also has an excellent explanation of the conditional parsing:

In 2.9 EE attempts to parse if/else conditionals before each pass and after the very last pass (or you can think of it as after each pass and before the very first pass), and will do so only if they are “ready” - the variables being evaluated actually exist. Previously, simple conditionals were parsed just before the first pass only, and advanced conditionals were parsed at the end of the very last pass only.

Some add-on updates may be backward incompatible (i.e. not support EE prior to 2.9), so always check the release notes before upgrading an add-on and not EE.

Posted on Jul 16, 2014 by Ryan Irelan

Filed Under: EE Add-ons, ExpressionEngine 2

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ExpressionEngine 2.9 Released

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The changes were enough that EllisLab bumped the version a full point release. ExpressionEngine 2.9, available today, includes an overhaul of the conditionals parser.

Conditionals are parsed better, simple vs. advanced conditional is now a thing of the past, and there are some nice new operators; you can do simple math and more robust comparisons.

A few other nuggets:

  • The hidden template indicator is now an underscore instead of a period.
  • A software license page in the control panel
  • Better Markdown support using Markdown Extra (yay Markdown!)
  • EE requires PHP 5.3.10 now

Read their blog post for all of the changes and, if you’re into that kind of thing, I’d also recommend perusing the changelog.

Posted on Jul 15, 2014 by Ryan Irelan

Filed Under: EllisLab, ExpressionEngine 2

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CTRL+CLICK CAST: Embracing the Suck with Chris Harrison

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There’s a reason they call it work: it’s not play. And sometimes the work we have to do sucks. For this week’s episode, Chris Harrison joins the show to encourage “embracing the suck,” AKA doing what you don’t want to do in order to grow and move forward. A WordPress developer, Chris shares his own experience embracing the suck when he started a new job and had to work with Drupal and Joomla. He discusses how he shifted his mindset and saw benefits (for both himself and his employer) from “sucking it up.” Chris also offers suggestions for anyone stuck in the suck, including side projects, creative outlets and helping others. Tune in now!

Thanks to CodePen for sponsoring this episode!

Posted on Jul 10, 2014 by CTRL+CLICK CAST

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ExpressionEngine Partials Talk Slides

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John D. Wells posted the slides from his GeeUp talk called “Partials: A DRY template pattern. Now part of EE core.

That about says it all. John gives an informative walk-thru of how partials will help you. Even without seeing John give the talk, the slides are very helpful.

The addition of real layout support in EE is a huge step forward. No more hack arounds needed. And, layouts even support dynamic variables that you can set similar to embed variables. But better because it’s not embeds.

The update to my ExpressionEngine training course (coming out tomorrow) covers layouts and it was a joy to be able to teach that instead of the old embed way, which was easily abused at the expense of the performance of your website.

Page through John’s slides to learn more about layouts

Posted on Jul 07, 2014 by Ryan Irelan

Filed Under: Development Tools, ExpressionEngine 2

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Boyink on Binh

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Or is it Binh on Boyink?

Either way, earlier in June Mike Boyink and his family were featured on the Tom Binh blog about their traveling RV lifestyle.

The Boyinks downsized and began a year-long odyssey traveling the country, towing a fifth wheel. Within that first year, they decided to sell their house and make the road their home for the foreseeable future. The family has chronicled their path to full-time travel on their blog, which they author collaboratively.

This is a great read for the lessons learned and how a shift in perspective (and environment) can help you realize what you really need.

It’s a huge paradigm shift. We are so ingrained in a consumer culture that when you try to remove that goal of stuff ownership people don’t know what to do.

Mike maintains his EE consulting work and training business while on the road.

Bookmark or read the entire interview with Mike.

Posted on Jul 07, 2014 by Ryan Irelan

Filed Under: Community

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Your Weekly devot:ee - July 3, 2014

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There weren't any new add-ons this week, but we'll take this opportunity to remind you that if you're thinking of going to ExpressionEngine Conference, you should register early. The conference takes place October 5 through October 7 in Alexandria, Virginia.

Room nights at the Crowne Plaza Old Town Alexandria start as low as $169/night. You'll want to book a room early so you can take advantage of conference rates and to be as close as you can to all the action.

The speaker lineup looks great, and the Schedule is really shaping up. If you haven't been before, this is the year to go!

If you're in the U.S., have a safe and happy holiday weekend!

Posted on Jul 03, 2014 by Ryan Masuga

Filed Under: Weekly Devot:ee