Marketing News

New EPK Video for Keb’ Mo’

We are excited to announce a new video we edited for 3-time GRAMMY winner Keb’ Mo’. The video highlights who Keb’ Mo’ is as both a person and musician, with the goal of introducing Keb’ Mo’ to new fans, as well as promoting him to people in the entertainment industry. Check it out!

SEO Case Study: Moving Keb’ Mo’s website from WordPress to ExpressionEngine

In late July we migrated Keb’ Mo’s website from WordPress to ExpressionEngine. This was not a redesign, but instead a mirror of the WordPress site. Aside from the mobile menu (which used a WordPress plugin), the only difference is the responsive framework which went from Skeleton to Bootstrap. Skeleton is actually a lighter weight (albeit outdated) framework.

ExpressionEngine had already been powering Keb’s internal assets site; so most of the content needed was already in EE. The majority of the work revolved around changing the HTML for Bootstrap, as well as developing the tour page. And last but not least, instead of using a plugin for a sitemap, we created the sitemap from scratch using a standard EE template ~ which is what we prefer to do for any EE site we develop.

After about 4 weeks of being on ExpressionEngine, the site speed has improved a lot, and visits from organic search have increased significantly as well. We attribute both to proper site building techniques, correct HTML syntax and a sitemap that accurately reflects the site’s content.

Of note: Keb’ Mo’s WordPress site had also been built by us

See the results for yourself!

Willow’s Smart URL Title for ExpressionEngine Released

We are excited to release another simple yet effective addon for ExpressionEngine 3. Willow’s Smart URL Title will automatically change the URL Title if a duplicate is found (in the same channel) and let the editor know that it did so.

While a duplicate URL Title is detrimental in most instances, there are times when an entry’s URL title is not used, and some editors find it a nuisance to have the error come up when they are focusing on their awesome writing instead.

You can get this free add-on here on GitHub.

Willow’s Smart URL Titles for ExpressionEngine 3

This addon will check for an existing URL Title in the same channel and automatically append it to avoid errors when saving the entry.

Example, if an existing URL title willow-smart-url-title exists, the addon will change it to willow-smart-url-title-2. It will also increment the number (up to 10) if future entries share the same URL title.

Additionally a message will be displayed under the URL Title field to let the editor know that a duplicate URL was found, and the URL Title was modified to avoid errors.

Requirements

ExpressionEngine 3.0 and above is required.

Installation

Just copy the willow_smart_url_titles folder to your /user/addons folder and activate it in the CPanel.

ExpressionEngine phpList addon released!

We are excited to bring this simple yet effective free addon to the ExpressionEngine community. Creating AJAX powered sign up forms for phpList is now a breeze and the addon will generate both the form as well as the JavaScript to handle it.

You can get the addon right here on GitHub.

phpList addon for ExpressionEngine 3

This addon makes it easy to create AJAX phpList signup forms. Two tags are used: {exp:willow_phplist:form} to generate the form and {exp:willow_phplist:script} to generate the JavaScript for the sign up. Requirements: ExpressionEngine 3 and jQuery.

Installing

Just copy the willow_phplist folder to your /user/addons folder and activate it in the CPanel.

Creating the form

{exp:willow_phplist:form}
    <input type="email" name="email">
    <input type="submit" value="Subscribe!">
{/exp:willow_phplist:form}

The only required input is one named email. If your list has more attributes, all you need to do is add the input with the same name value.

Parameters

  • subscribe_page_id Sets up the form to use the chosen subscribe page created on phpList. Defaults to 1.
  • subscribe_page_url This is the base directory of your phplist installation, most commonly used are /list or /lists. Defaults to /lists/
  • list_id The list ID the visitor will be subscribing to.
  • form_id Set the form id for styling (do not include #). Defaults to phplist.

Generating the JavaScript for the form

{exp:willow_phplist:script}

Parameters

  • form_id Must match the form ID used with {exp:willow_phplist:form}. Defaults to phplist.
  • success_message Use this to define the copy displayed when the visitor successfully signs up.
  • failure_message If something goes wrong, this is displayed to let the user know the subscription was not successful.

Styling the form

Use the form’s id to style it with CSS (default is phplist).

Example

#phplist input.email { padding:5px; }
#phplist-success { color:green; }
#phplist-failure { color:red; }