View MAMP sites via Parallels

This post describes how to view local sites using MAMP and Parallels with minimal configuration. I am using MAMP 1.7, Parallels 4.0 and Windows XP, and OS X 10.5.6. This is definitely not the only method, but it works for me, and it’s easy to set up. I realize MAMP is not completely necessary on OS X, but the one-click installation is nice and suits my purposes for now.

Creating sub navigation with the category archive tag

A difficult concept to understand when starting to develop with ExpressionEngine is URL structure, and how this impacts the different modules. I wanted to set up a simple sub navigation mechanism where individual entries are listed under their category. I didn’t want all entries listed for each category, I only wanted to display the entries for the category currently being viewed.

Linking to images and CSS with ExpressionEngine

Working with ExpressionEngine is intuitive once you understand the idea of templates and weblogs, soon to be called channels. For my first EE site, I quickly translated a static HTML page into a template. Creating a template for the CSS files was easy enough, but I could not figure out where to put the images that the design required.

Flash on a grid

A while back I started investigating grids—what they were, and how they could help my design. As a web designer, I never thought much about grids. It seemed to be some esoteric thing print designers used. Back in the table-based layout days, I probably used grids without even knowing it. Table columns and rows naturally structured the layout, the cellspacing attribute acted as a gutter between rows and columns, and cellpadding added a bit of buffer for the text. Of course, I normally set both to zero for pixel-precise layouts. I’m glad I don’t work that way anymore…