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The online, live ExpressionEngine Developer conference

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Environments for Humans brings together some of the Web's most notable experts in ExpressionEngine for an all-new, one-day only online conference, the Engine Summit! Bring the experts to your desktop June 7th from 9am to 5pm (CT).

Don't miss this great event and purchase your tickets now!

June 7, 2011 \\ 9AM to 5PM CT

(Schedule subject to change)

Multiple Site Management 9am CT

by Emily Lewis, Author of Microformants Made Simple

Ever worked with a client that had dozens of departments, each of which needed its own site? Or an employer with branches all over the world, each needing a site and CMS? Or maybe you, as a developer, have many of your own sites that you independently manage?

Different control panels, disparate content, independent templates, and separate installs. It can be a pain in the you-know-what, not only from an administrative perspective, but content management as well, and particularly in situations with many content authors.

Emily explains how ExpressionEngine's Multiple Site Manager makes the implementation and administration of multiple EE sites easier for both the developer and the client.

Beyond ease, though, MSM also offers powerful features for sharing templates, content and more across sites to create a more seamless and content-rich web experience.

About Emily Lewis

Author of Microformats Made Simple (New Riders, 2009), Emily Lewis has been working as a web professional since 1998, dabbling in project management and programming until she realized her true loves (HTML and CSS) and became a web designer.

She is an expert in web standards, semantic markup, microformats and CSS. Emily also specializes in usability and accessibility.

Emily is passionate about community building and knowledge sharing. She co-manages Webuquerque, the New Mexico Adobe User Group for web practitioners. She also speaks about standards, markup, CSS, accessibility and microformats for various groups, including the University of New Mexico, the New Mexico Technology Council and Interlab.


Count to 10 and Say Yes 10am CT

by John Henry Donovan, Technical Support Specialist at EllisLab

We have all been there. A client emails and makes an unreasonable feature request. Our first response after the explosion of expletives would be to say no. But let's count to 10 and rescue the situation.

John Henry talks about breaking down these requests and translating them into clever ExpressionEngine architecture using real world examples.

He shows how he converts a client's idea into a chargeable item and impress them in the process.

Lateral thinking plays a fundamental part when developing an ExpressionEngine website and John Henry teaches you how to use this to your advantage.

About John Donovan

John Henry is a freelance, Irish based web developer who is fanatical about ExpressionEngine, so much so he divides his day between being a Technical Support Specialist for EllisLab and client work.

Originally a graduate of Industrial Design, he has spent the last 13 years being the poster boy for 'Jack-of-all-trades', working in all sectors including print, animation, 3D, video and web.

He has been designing and building websites using ExpressionEngine since 2004. He lives in the country with his wife and 3 kids.


Building for Mobile 11am CT

by Fred Boyle, Digital Chef at nGen Works

Boyle covers his tips and approaches for creating a mobile version of an existing ExpressionEngine site.

Also, he covers how to build templates and the things to remember when building in the mobile context.

About Fred Boyle

Fred enjoys figuring out technology and is skilled at discovering how things work. Experienced in programming, servers, networks and strategy--he has a sizable tool box, bringing a variety of skills to the garage.

Fred is the only Canadian nGeneer, which by default makes him the coolest (at least temperature-wise).


Structure vs. Template Groups 1pm CT

by Chad Crowell, President of Encaffeinated, Inc.

Structure may be the most divisive ExpressionEngine Add-on ever released.

Because it changes so much core functionality, some developers refuse to go near it.

Crowell compares and contrast the site building methods for both Structure and EE's native template group/template method, talks about when each might be a better choice, and gives you a short primer on using Structure, all with the goal of helping you choose the best method for each of your projects.

About Chad Crowell

Building websites and applications as a side job, solo freelancer, or part of an agency has many challenges.

Having survived through each of these scenarios, I've learned a thing or two (thousand) along the way.

Finding and standardizing on ExpressionEngine has helped build my business faster, and serve clients better than I might have been able to, had I never bumped into it.

Our discussion includes thoughts and stories from my business life with ExpressionEngine, and information about how it can help your business grow successfully as well.


Add-On Development 2pm CT

by Mark Huot, Technology and Development Director at Happy Cog

Wondering how to get started with ExpressionEngine add-on development?

Have an idea for a great add-on?

We'll walk through what goes into each of the EE add-on types as well as how to create and accessory, what differentiates a module from a plugin, and why would you ever want to use an extension.

During the session, follow along with me as we even build an add-on or two together.

About Mark Huot

Mark Huot develops content management systems ranging in size from personal blogging tools to enterprise-scale e-commerce systems.

Adhering to web standards throughout his development process, Mark creates intuitive systems that demonstrate the same kind of care and forethought present in Happy Cog's visual and structural designs.

Mark's past projects include large-scale editorial management systems that helped clients make a seamless transition from print to the web. On the side, he enjoys tinkering with Flash and JavaScript and is a co-creator of swfIR, a client-side image replacement technique.

Mark graduated from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA with a BS degree in Digital Media. There he learned web standards and took a class using Jeffrey Zeldman's Designing with Web Standards as a textbook.

He has been passionate ever since about creating systems that adhere to the strict standards Happy Cog has put forth.


EllisLab Round Table 3pm CT

by Leslie Flinger, Director of Marketing for EllisLab

She's done hundreds of sites in ExpressionEngine and is an authentic spokesperson for the community itself.

Currently, Leslie Flinger is the Director of Marketing at EllisLabs.

During her session, Flinger brings an up-to-date report on ExpressionEngine is and where we will be able to take it going forward.

Joining Flinger for the EllisLab Round Table are Chief Executive Officer Leslie Camacho and Chief Creative Officer James Mathias.

About Leslie Flinger

Leslie Doherty, better known online as Leslie Flinger, has been part of the blogging and development community since installing Moveable Type for a graduate project back in 2003. Since then she's taught Web Design, Programming and Applications both online and in-seat.

She started freelance web work in 2004 after graduating from Western Washington University with a Masters in Information Technology where she bucked the system and studied PHP instead of Java. She's done hundreds of sites in ExpressionEngine and is an authentic spokesperson for the community itself.

She lives north of Seattle with her two kids and husband. She hopes to own chickens one day and grow her own vegetables. She's just sort of that saucy.


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logos for EllisLab, Happy Cog, nGen Works

About the Engine Summit 3

The third Engine Summit covers the ins and outs of ExpressionEngine, one of the fastest-growing content management systems on the web. Spend time with the professionals who create, customize, and deploy ExpressionEngine-powered sites every day.

Why attend the online conference?
  • Attending a conference online means no travel hassle!
  • Bring the experts live to your desktop!
  • Time spent on the road is better spent instead in the office or with family, friends!
  • Sessions are developed to dive deeper into the material!
  • Ask questions directly to the speakers!
  • Can't make it the day of the conference? Watch the recordings whenever you want!
Testimonials from
This conference was a load of fun. I loved the instant feedback from the speakers and the atmosphere.

John-David Dalton
Web Application Developer
& Web Performance Summit Attendee

I love these online conferences. It's convenient and you can still learn a lot from the comfort of your home or at work.

Candi Ligutan
5by5.tv Producer

An absolutely fantastic event. Well done—will definitely be back for more!

Russ Weakley
Chair of Web Standards Group
& CSS Summit Attendee

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Once you are registered, you will receive a follow-up email to confirm your reservation. Later on, as the event draws near, you will receive a more detailed message, with the full schedule and other helpful information to help you take full advantage of your conference-going experience and plan your day.

On the day of the conference, you will receive an email invitation about 45 minutes before everything starts. Click on the enclosed link to sign in and enter the virtual meeting space. Once you are signed in, you'll be able to see and hear the presentations as they happen, ask questions as needed and chat with the other attendees if you like!

Technical Specifications: to attend The Summit, you will need a modern web browser (Firefox 1.5, IE 6 & Safari 2 or newer, for example) and a recent version of the Adobe Flash Player. Follow this link to run our system diagnostic (opens in a new window). It will let you know right away which plug-ins, if any, you will need to update before the event.

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