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)


Easy Expat event on the 20th October: success!

28 October, 2005 14:16  EasyExpat EasyExpat

Thanks a lot to everyone who came to the party in London On the 20th October 2005. It was a great success with more than 60 people joining.

A lot of French people (as always in London) with some Italian, Spanish, Polish...etc. We met also the Marche a Londres team, a new French magazine published in London.

You will find more photos in our album.


Recycling more

25 September, 2005 20:13  EasyExpat EasyExpat


I am not professing to become a recycling green guru overnight but below are a few things one can do to help the environment.

  1. Use energy saving bulbs. Switch off all appliances on 'standby' mode including mobile phone chargers when not in use.
  2. Off-set individual CO2 emissions by planting trees/making donations to organisations who plant trees. For more information, visit ,
  3. Think about the food you eat. Buy organic food and/or food that has been produced/sourced locally where possible.
  4. Recycle as much as you can.
    • Paper, glass, plastic, cans...: Contact your local authority to view the services they provide. Most supermarket car-parks have recycling facilities.
    • Old mobile phones: Donate to a friend in need (one who has a phone that is falling apart or is the size of a brick) or return to the retailer or charity shop for recycling.
    • Clothes: Drop off at a charity recycling point.
    • Computer:
    • Electronic goods: Donate furniture and electronic goods eg computers, TV's fridges etc. to organisations who will services these items and pass on to low-income families. Contact Furniture Reuse Network for list.
  5. Travel by air only when necessary. Offset CO2 emissions by planting trees or ask your company to do so. See 2 above and
  6. Buy recycled products where possible (It's stupid to wipe your bum with virgin toilet paper when all you are doing is throwing it back down the loo) or second hand goods such as i-pods, laptops, etc.
  7. Use public transport where possible. I know it is not much fun on a Monday morning, being stuck under someone's armpit, but think you are doing something good by not using the car for that particular journey. People with smelly armpits, please wash.
  8. Learn more about green and recycling issues.

Do a search on the internet - the list is endless.





Meet Easy Expat 20th October 2005 in LONDON

12 September, 2005 17:22  EasyExpat EasyExpat

Second EasyExpat's event of the year in London, we would like to invite you to:


// The main message of the event: "You are expat, you work with expats, you've got an expat business... or you've just heard about the event...? no worries you are welcome to join for a chat"!

It will be a good occasion for expatriates and also for people involved with expatriates and expatriation in London to meet up and exchange their experience. We also welcome representation of businesses who want to talk about their services and partnership. (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 -->

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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.



Template Packages

01 August, 2005 19:19  EasyExpat EasyExpat

In order to make the handling of templates easier, templates can be managed from within the administration interface. Templates can also be uploaded as packages with a special format since uploading all the files that make up a template, one by one, would be a too cumbersome process. (More)


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