I'm trying to use the live look feature in expression engine to preview entries, but it doesn't pass the URL title to the preview template. Am I doing something wrong or is this just not allowed? I can't imagine preview templates would be of much use without this.

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In the "Live Look" url title isn't being pass with the preview template. Instead of url title, entry id is passed. you can see the entry id as last segment.

  • Is there a way to change it from entry_id to url_title?
    – mheavers
    Commented Mar 14, 2013 at 11:05

I solved this by spinning out two entry loops in the same template - one for url_title and one for entry_id. I used croxton's Switchee to select the appropriate loop based on regular expression in the segment.

Alternately, you could set up a separate live look template for the channel. But then you'll need to maintain two templates.

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