I'm a novice at EE development. Can anyone suggest the top ten (or any number) of the most used attributes for most channel:entries/category tags? Scrolling through the docs seems overwhelming at times.

I spent several hours wrestling with a channel tag to show related articles within an entry level page layout only to find a simple related_categories_mode="yes" was enough to do exactly what I wanted. Any help is appreciated, forgive me if this is not how this works or if this is the wrong place to ask.

  • Are you looking for a list of links to commonly used parameters for these tags? Or some sort of explanations? You're bound to different answers from people, but there are a few things like "channel" that you'll find yourself always using. "Dynamic" is one that I find myself using all the time for certain reasons, but other people might set up their templates to not need to. I can still give you a list though, just wanted to make sure you got what you asked for. Commented Jul 31, 2016 at 22:37
  • Whatever's easier. If you could give me a list of most popular attributes for some channel/category tags with a brief explanation that would be amazing. I just want to get my feet wet without being completely oblivious to what does what. I did a course that went over the basics but I really want to get more experience quickly. I have to learn EE for my job.
    – Greg
    Commented Aug 2, 2016 at 13:25

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Not in order of importance (because we all know channel= is #1)

Channel Entries

  1. cache=, refresh= Enables tag caching. Refresh is the number of minutes between cache refreshes.
  2. category= Categories are specified by ID number (the ID number of each category is displayed in the Control Panel).
  3. category_group= Category Groups are specified by ID number (the ID number of each category group is displayed in the Control Panel).
  4. channel= From which channel to show the entries (will show all channels if no channel is specified).
  5. dynamic= Use this tag if you need to display content independent of URL title but still from the same channel.
  6. disable= Allows you to turn off aspects of the tag that you might not be using in order to improve performance.
  7. entry_id= You can hard code the channel tag to show a specific channel entry.
  8. limit= Limits the number of entries on any given page.
  9. paginate= For use with entry pagination and determines where the pagination code will appear for your channel entries.
  10. url_title= This parameter limits the query by an entry’s url_title.

--Some examples--

A simple subpage:

{exp:channel:entries channel="subpage" limit="1" disable="member_data|pagination" cache="yes" refresh="10"}

A blog listing page w/ categories using the Low Seg2Cat plugin for category:

{exp:channel:entries channel="blog" disable="member_data" limit="6" dynamic="no" category="{segment_3_category_id}" cache="yes" refresh="60"}

Header/Footer Resources: You want dynamic set to no since the URL isn't determining what content to show:

{exp:channel:entries channel="header_footer" disable="member_data|pagination" cache="yes" refresh="10" dynamic="no"}

Channel Categories

  1. backspace= Backspacing removes characters (including spaces and line breaks) from the last iteration of the loop.
  2. channel= From which channel to show the entries (will show all channels if no channel is specified).
  3. show= You can specify which categories will be included in the list.
  4. show_empty= This parameter determines whether or not categories that contain no entries for the specific channel are displayed.
  5. show_expired= Determines whether expired entries are included.
  6. show_future_entries= Determines whether entries dated in the "future" to are included.
  7. style= There are two list "styles" for your categories: "nested" and "linear".

--Some examples--

Simple category listing: You can use backspace here if you've got something like ", " separating each one:

{exp:channel:categories style="linear" category_group="1" backspace="2"}

{exp:channel:categories style="linear" show="1|13|14|15|25"}

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