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How to administrate your blog

17 September, 2006 20:40  EasyExpat EasyExpat

Some templates do not show specifically an admin link to administrate your blog.

However it is very simple:

- you can access the admin login page with the address: http://<blogname>

- or you can use the login box available on the right hand side column of the main page:

In the admin area, you will be able to post new messages, edit your messages, post photos, manage your categories, your user informations...etc.


How to prevent spams on Blogexpat

25 May, 2006 15:15  EasyExpat EasyExpat

If you're a blogger (or a blog reader), you're painfully familiar with people who try to raise their own websites' search engine rankings by submitting linked blog comments like "Visit my discount pharmaceuticals site." or typical Viagra or Poker stuff. This is called comment spam.  (More)


Add Translation to your blog

18 March, 2006 16:25  EasyExpat EasyExpat

How to make foreign visitors love your website even if they don't understand your language ? Add Language Translation to your blogs.

This is a simple Step by step guide to provide instant language translation in your blog. Your site visitors can translate any webpage by clicking on the corresponding country flag and read your website in their native language.

Machine translation in blogs or websites is probably the easiest way of helping readers from different countries communicate. Even if a blogger writes in Spanish and a reader speaks English, or vice versa, both of them can still understand each other.

Today, people are blogging in multiple languages to create a conversation with readers outside the English Speaking blogosphere. Free language translation tools let bloggers post messages simultaneously in English, German, French, Spanish and other languages. (More)


How to post a podcast

02 March, 2006 02:59  EasyExpat EasyExpat

Podcast - or videocast - are the two new great features in the blog area. The first one allows to put some audio file on your blog (as we did here) and the second one is showing videos on blogs (using for example

But how to post a podcast on your BlogExpat ?

1) upload the mp3 file via the resource center
2) create a new post
3) type the contents of the post and include a link to your mp3 file. Please use the "add resource" link.
4) Now the podcast is ready. Take a look at the RSS 2.0 feed for your blog and you'll see an <enclosure ...> tag pointing to your mp3 file. (More)


How to reference your blog

04 November, 2005 00:40  EasyExpat EasyExpat

GoogleYou like to publish articles on your blog... but you like also people to read them. Therefore you will probably look for enhancing your position in search engines, so people can browse your blog. (More)


How to reduce the size of photos

02 September, 2005 01:43  EasyExpat EasyExpat

When you want to put photos on the Internet you may have a problem due to the size of the document. If you took high quality pictures, sizes might be greater than 500K, even greater than 1M sometime. It's good to have such quality for your record but you do not need to display them like that on the Internet. They are heavy to download, take a lot of space and sometime the software might also refuse to download them. (More)


How to show the user picture

01 August, 2005 20:07  EasyExpat EasyExpat

It is possible for users to select a picture to represent them, as some kind of "avatar". The picture must be selected from the list of pictures currently available in the "resource center".  (More)


How to add a tag to count visitors (example with Xiti)

01 August, 2005 19:43  EasyExpat EasyExpat

In order to add a tag provided by Xiti (or any other javascript tool providing stats), you can just implement the code in between {literal}...{/literal} (smarty code to allow javascript), such as:


<p align="center">
<!-- Xiti -->
<script language="JavaScript1.1">
hsh = new Date();
hsd = document;
hsi = '<a href=""'
hsi += ' TARGET="_top"><img width="39" height="25" border=0 '
hsi += 'src="'
hsi += '&p=&hl=' + hsh.getHours() + 'x' + hsh.getMinutes() + 'x' + hsh.getSeconds();
{Xiti_s=screen;hsi += '&r=' + Xiti_s.width + 'x' + Xiti_s.height + 'x' + Xiti_s.pixelDepth + 'x' + Xiti_s.colorDepth;}
hsd.writeln(hsi + '&ref=' + hsd.referrer.replace('&', '$') + '"></a>');
<a href="" TARGET="_blank"><img width="39" height="25" border="0" src=""></a>
<!-- end Xiti -->

================== (More)


How to add an image in the title bar

01 August, 2005 19:35  EasyExpat EasyExpat

In some templates customized by easyexpat (std_2col, std_rightcol, std_leftcol... etc) you just need to replace the file title.jpg (format 775x90) by an image to have it on the title bar.

Download and upload the new customized template with your image.

If you are looking for more help on EasyExpat's blogs, do not forget that we have a dedicated forum.


How to write smarty code and modify the templates

01 August, 2005 19:20  EasyExpat EasyExpat

A good starting point to learn about Smarty is their crash-course: Or if you want more details, a very nice manual is also available:

We give you an example of the template code, in header.template of the easyexpat template:


<tr><td class="orange">{$locale->tr("recently")}</td></tr> {foreach from=$recentposts item=recentpost} <tr class="{cycle values="odd,even"}"><td><a title="{$recentpost->getText()|truncate:150:"..."|strip_tags|escape}" href="{$url->postLink($recentpost)}">{$recentpost->getTopic()}</a><br/> {/foreach}</td></tr>


Here we display all the recent posts. We use truncate to put only the begining of the post. You could also use capitalize to make upper case. You can use plenty of other variables, the list is here.

You can also sort differently the arrays (list of post, messages...) inside the templates by using the method described here: Sorting arrays inside templates.

If you are looking for more help on EasyExpat's blogs, do not forget that we have a dedicated forum.



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