Dynamic = Off Explained!

If you are new to EE the dynamic=“off” parameter can be both tough to understand but also critical in getting EE to work correctly.  I put together this corny little video to try and explain what the parameter does and when you want it on vs. off.  Enjoy!

 

 

 

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Picture of Erik Reagan

by Erik Reagan

Date: Wednesday, July 1st, 2009
Comment: #1

Very nice & visual explanation. I assume drawing the pages out took longer than the recording :)

Mike Boyink

by Mike Boyink (Author)

Date: Wednesday, July 1st, 2009
Comment: #2

Well - yes, pre-production usually takes longer than production no matter what the subject matter or visual are.

However - these drawings came together a whole lot faster than anything I could have done on the computer.

Picture of pab

by pab

Date: Wednesday, July 1st, 2009
Comment: #3

haha brilliant, really well explained. love the drawings

Picture of Sean

by Sean

Date: Wednesday, July 1st, 2009
Comment: #4

This is great - I love this style of tutorial, which I first saw on common craft http://www.commoncraft.com/rss_plain_english

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by digitalbart

Date: Thursday, July 2nd, 2009
Comment: #5

Great job these are fun to watch!

Picture of Ray Brown

by Ray Brown

Date: Thursday, July 2nd, 2009
Comment: #6

While I already understood everything in this screencast, I was thoroughly entertained by the presentation.  I would definitely recommend you do more screencasts like these - very visually stimulating and easy to understand.

Keep up the great work, Mike!

Picture of Gary Bennion

by Gary Bennion

Date: Thursday, July 2nd, 2009
Comment: #7

Great screencast mike - nice and simple whilst still getting over the info… cheers

Picture of bradfields

by bradfields

Date: Thursday, July 2nd, 2009
Comment: #8

Thanks, excellent screencast and explained something that I didn’t really understand.

Great use of drawings, particularly liked the blindfolding and taking his telescope away.

Mike Boyink

by Mike Boyink (Author)

Date: Thursday, July 2nd, 2009
Comment: #9

Thanks for the comments guys!

Picture of Jim Woodman

by Jim Woodman

Date: Thursday, July 2nd, 2009
Comment: #10

Yes, very nice Mike.  It’s a clever style that makes it really sink in.

Picture of Charles Boudinot

by Charles Boudinot

Date: Wednesday, July 8th, 2009
Comment: #11

WOW, I think I finally got it!

Mike Boyink

by Mike Boyink (Author)

Date: Thursday, July 9th, 2009
Comment: #12

Glad to hear it Charles…

Picture of Michael Kessler

by Michael Kessler

Date: Thursday, July 23rd, 2009
Comment: #13

As always, very useful—and entertaining : )

Picture of Xavier

by Xavier

Date: Tuesday, August 18th, 2009
Comment: #14

Awesome!  Clear and fun to watch.  Thanks

Picture of Rory Bernstein

by Rory Bernstein

Date: Wednesday, August 26th, 2009
Comment: #15

This is so helpful. Thanks for showing this to me.

Picture of Brian Kalwat

by Brian Kalwat

Date: Thursday, August 27th, 2009
Comment: #16

Now whenever I type dynamic=on…. I’m going to get a mental image of mr weblog and his telescope.. Thanks Mike! haha

Picture of summer

by summer

Date: Monday, September 28th, 2009
Comment: #17

agreed- great video!  i have been playing with dynamic=“off” for awhile now and cannot get it to work.

I posted to the forums here:
http://expressionengine.com/forums/viewthread/102985/#519415
but haven’t received a response. 

I want to list an archive of all my weblog entries on each individual weblog page—dynamic=“off” should work for this, right?

this is my code:
{exp:weblog:entries dynamic=“off” weblog=”{my_weblog}”}

{date_heading display=“monthly”}

<h2>{entry_date format=”%F”} </h2>

{/date_heading}

<ul class=“arrow”>
<li>{title}</li>
</ul>
 
  </div>
{/exp:weblog:entries}


Would greatly appreciate any advice!
thanks in advance,
-summer

Picture of summer

by summer

Date: Monday, September 28th, 2009
Comment: #18

never mind!  just figured out my quotes around “off” were curly instead of straight…

rookie mistake—fixed now!  :)

Picture of Neal Umney

by Neal Umney

Date: Friday, January 29th, 2010
Comment: #19

Brilliant, and so obvious after your explanation!

Picture of Ralph

by Ralph

Date: Sunday, March 28th, 2010
Comment: #20

To be honest, I still don’t get it. If you have a menu embedded on each page, pulled from a template that is updated via a weblog, why is dynamic=“off” required? I still don’t understand the difference between having dynamic on and off in this situation. I don’t see what the url structure has to do with this.

Mike Boyink

by Mike Boyink (Author)

Date: Sunday, March 28th, 2010
Comment: #21

I’m afraid I don’t have anything to say that I didn’t say in the video. at the risk of just repeating myself…EE looks to the URL to know what content to get from the database. If the content has no direct relationship to the URL then you set dynamic to off to tell EE that. A menu should be the same no matter the URL so you turn Dynamic off.

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