Choosing a CMS - Drupal 8 vs ExpressionEngine 3

Posted on Fri, January 22, 2016 in Drupal, ExpressionEngine by Mark Middleton

In this post, we’ll explore a few of the major differences (and a few similarities) between two of the most popular and most robust CMS systems, ExpressionEngine 3 (newest update released in Oct. 2015) and Drupal 8 (newest update released in Nov. 2015).

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ExpressionEngine 3: Refreshed & Ready for Prime Time

Posted on Wed, December 02, 2015 in Web Development, ExpressionEngine by Mark Middleton

Last month, a couple of us from GRAYBOX took a flight down to San Antonio to attend the 2015 ExpressionEngine Conference. Without a major version release since late 2009, I was excited to get my hands on the latest and greatest iteration of EE. The new version contains a few major updates, but generally sticks to the core and cleans up several areas that have been neglected for far too long.

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Automating CSS Changes with ExpressionEngine

Posted on Thu, May 28, 2015 in Web Development, ExpressionEngine by Mark Middleton

With a bit of SCSS, ExpressionEngine and a color picker field type, we gave our client the ability to update CSS throughout the site.

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ExpressionEngine Content Management with Better Pages

Posted on Tue, April 07, 2015 in Web Development, ExpressionEngine by Mark Middleton

ExpressionEngine is a solid ​application framework with a surprising weakness... it's a bit too flexible. Try and do the simple task of Content Management and you'll be left scratching your head...

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Dynamic Categories On Subpages in ExpressionEngine

Posted on Mon, January 05, 2015 in Web Development, ExpressionEngine by Kevin Carpenter

​During a recent project, one of ExpressionEngine’s downfalls quickly forced me to think outside of EE’s built-in template syntax. The task was to allow the user to set ANY page to 1) A channel listing page (of any channel) 2) To START from any selected category and 3) Allow users to drill down into any category below the selected parent category. On the surface, this seems like it should be an easy task, particularly if you are not accustomed to ExpressionEngine’s syntax and limitations. Luckily, this downfall allows us to tackle this obstacle from many different approaches.

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Adding a Custom Payment Method to Expresso Store in ExpressionEngine

Posted on Thu, December 04, 2014 in Web Development, ExpressionEngine by Mark Middleton

During the discovery phase of a recent website project, we learned the client used "Sage" for their merchant account and payment processing. Planning on using ExpressionEngine, I looked up which Payment Gateways Expresso Store supported...

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From WordPress to ExpressionEngine - How to Transfer Your Data

Posted on Wed, May 28, 2014 in Web Development, ExpressionEngine by Mark Middleton

We are frequently presented with scenarios where we are needing to bring data into ExpressionEngine from WordPress.

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Expression Engine Conference 2013

Posted on Tue, October 29, 2013 in Web Design, ExpressionEngine, GRAYBOX News by Mark Middleton

Earlier this month, two of us from GRAYBOX attended the EE2013 conference here in Portland, Oregon USA.

With a packed schedule of 46 sessions with 34 speakers, the two days of the event went by very quickly. It was a great opportunity to meet and share with other developers, add-on creators, hosting vendors and EllisLab, the makers of Expression Engine, themselves. The conference was excellently executed and provided a solid foundation to deliver excellent training and connection with the EE community.

Gremlins in the Gears: Troubleshooting tips and tricks from EL’s own

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ExpressionEngine Conference Wrap-up

Posted on Wed, October 16, 2013 in Web Design, ExpressionEngine, GRAYBOX News by Paul Weinert

The best part of being an ExpressionEngine developer (well, aside from working with the best CMS on the market) is being part of the EE community, and putting face to twitter handle was the highlight of this years ExpressionEngine conference. We had a chance to meet developers behind some of our favorite and most used add-ons, like Low (creator of Low Variables which we’re using on nearly every site), Adrian (of Exp-resso Store fame, or infamy on some of our off days) and many others. We were also happy to meet the EllisLabs team.

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ExpressionEngine 2.7: The new Grid fieldtype

Posted on Fri, September 13, 2013 in Greatest Hits, Web Design, ExpressionEngine by Alum

EllisLabs recently released the latest major point update to their ExpressionEngine CMS, which is great news for GRAYBOX and many of it’s clientele as the ExpressionEngine CMS powers a majority of our projects and the latest update will bring some new opportunities for existing EE sites and open up a number of possibilities for how we can use and manipulate content on an EE powered site.

Some backstory: If you’re a seasoned EE developer you’re probably aware of the hullabaloo surrounding Pixel & Tonic, probably one of the most well known EE add-on providers. If you’re not aware of...

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