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A Primer on Relationships (with EE)

It’s about time we got serious and defined this relationship.  You know the one where we pair a couple of ExpressionEngine entries together like an eHarmony match made in nerd heaven.  If you’ve never dabbled in the ways of Cupid, then it’s time you learn.  Relationships or Related Entries in ExpressionEngine are a simple and powerful way to reuse existing data and avoid the ultimate no-no: duplicate data.

One of the best bits of advice that I received as a young developer was to make sure that my data was only in the database once.  Database optimization, only editing data in one place, the reasons go on and on, and are perhaps best saved for an article in _DBA’s Rule The World_ magazine.  What about us EE users though?  How can we be cautious about duplicate data by taking advantage of EE Relationships? How does it benefit us, and more importantly our end users?

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EE Quick Reference Chart

So, you’re starting out building your first site with ExpressionEngine and you’re thinking to yourself: “I wish there was an easy one-page document I could use to reference some of the most commonly used ExpressionEngine tags and variables.” Well, you’re in luck.

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Essential ExpressionEngine Add-ons

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of ExpressionEngine add-ons out in the wild. Many of those are critical to any sites I develop, so I thought I’d share a list of ExpressionEngine add-ons that I use for almost every project.

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What are EE Add-Ons?

If ExpressionEngine doesn’t do exactly what you need it to, don’t worry. The developers of EE have created a way to extend and customize ExpressionEngine using EE Add-ons. Add-ons are small pieces of software that you download and install and which allow you to add features to ExpressionEngine without any programming knowledge or altering the core application files.

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ExpressionEngine Tags Primer

So, EE tags. They’re the things that start and end with curly braces and that you use all over your EE templates to make your content appear. This short tutorial will give you an overview of EE tags, the different kinds and how they’re made.

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Installing ExpressionEngine

So, you’re ready to jump into the world of ExpressionEngine? You’ve got your tutorials in front you and are ready to start building your first EE-powered website. All you need to do is install ExpressionEngine on your local computer of web server and then it’s off to the races! This guide to installing EE will help you kick start the EE learning process.

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