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)


How to modify your template

01 August, 2005 18:33  EasyExpat EasyExpat

In order to offer a blog service, EasyExpat has chosen pLog. pLog uses a template system in order to clearly separate what is content from what is the core code. Users can develop their own templates and the template rendering engine uses a simple syntax to change the aspect of their site a little : Smarty.

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:

How templates work

As we said above, pLog uses Smarty to render the contents of your journal. That means that you can easily change the way the site looks like just by going to the Administration Interface of your journal (http://<yourname> and selecting a new set of templates [Control Center->Blog to choose the template amongs a list). But, how does that work? How can we develop our own set of templates?



Blogs: Guide and Usage

14 July, 2005 20:59  EasyExpat EasyExpat

How do I get my own blog?

If you have your own site you can use blogging software but if you don't Easy Expat can help you set up and run a free blog on this site.

Reading interesting things and contacting interesting people are the main reasons why people get involved in the internet, and an online diary, or blog is a great way to do both.

So, now the next time you find something cool online or have something you want to get off your chest try a blog.

What is a blog?

If you have an opinion that you want everyone to hear, or just want to write down some of your personal thoughts, then a blog is a great way to get all these ideas published on the internet.



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