[Pro] Building dynamic sites with FW/EE. How?

I know there has been talk elsewhere on this site about the benefits of using EE as a CMS, which I understand. But, the thing that beats me is how to apply the principles of using the EE Action Suite to pull dynamic content into the FW created site templates.

For example, if I wanted to place an EE powered blog into a page template or pull dynamic content into a specific container/html box I would have to create those areas with the Action before upload. Then what? What do I have to do to get the dynamic content flowing from the EE Control Panel side to appear in a published site…Create the Weblogs?

This is the process one would have to go through to give the site client user access

I guess I don’t understand that particular functionality in the manual that came with the Action.

Does anyone have a guiding voice for a lost soul?


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You kind of need both, the template or page that displays the content, and the content itself that you put into EE. Each weblog in EE can be a category, for example Classes, Products, Articles, etc. Even the “static” parts of the site can be stored in an EE weblog so that if the client wants to tweak it, they can.

Remember too, that unlike a static web site, a dynamically generated web site has the pages being pushed by the CMS. So you only need one Product page/template and the CMS will use that for all the products. I noticed you use the word “pull” and it’s really a push. We are creating the look of the site in Freeway, but then we hand the pages over to the server/EE and it decides what pages to use and replaces the tags with the content.

Does that help?


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Thanks!

Yes, it is ‘push’.

Somehow, I thought that may be the answer. I have Leonard Murphy’s ExpressionEngine 1.6 book to help understand the EE side…Thing is its too hard code oriented.

I was just trying to see how much the EE Action would lighten or automate the process. I guess if I had physically seen someone implementing FW and EE this way, I would get the ‘EE Light Bulb Moment’ side of things.

I probably need to noodle on the process more to get there.

Softpress has built their new site this way so there must be some movement or need to use FW and EE as a dynamic CMS.

Thanks again!


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Play around with it, and start with something simple. I think the EE docs and tutorials are pretty good. And don’t be afraid to ask questions.


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Excuse me for dropping in here.
I started to combine EE with FW only recently, learned a lot from Joe and others here. (like Walter…)
My personal lightbulb moment with EE hit me when I realized that what EE calles for ‘weblog’ (and more correct in the 2.0 version for ‘channels’ http://expressionengine.com/blog/entry/first_impressions/ ) is actually a methode to control data. And that’s amazing.
A weblog (in EE speak) has actually little or nothing to do with what we see on Wordpress or Joomla. Like mentioned above, I often use a separate ‘weblog’ to create fixed content on a page, all to make it more easy for the end-user to maintain their own site themselves. So, when I integrate EE in FW document this way, I typically have no text at all in the FW page. Just some background images and DIV’s with code to let EE fill these DIV’s with the wanted content. It’s like Joe says, just start and play. It’s really fun!


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You can use it as a weblog like in other CMSes like Wordpress or Joomla, but you don’t have to. I’ve done sites where I create one weblog called “static,” and each entry is for each static page, like About Us, Welcome, etc. It’s really flexible.


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Thanks for the further comments guys.

What atelier mentioned is where I want to go. And, agreeably the beauty is in the Action and Freeway to make it happen. That weblog implementation is the key is the key to pushing the content where I want it.

I understand the ‘weblog’ concept, its just a matter of trying it and running a few tests. Its probably easier than I think!

That ‘weblog’ term confounds a lot of people.


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