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ExpressionEngine Holland, Michigan

Learn ExpressionEngine from an accomplished instructor who literally wrote the book .

We did the first ever ExpressionEngine training, and it was such a hit that we keep making it better. We're giving you the best: Mike Boyink of Train-ee. Whether you're looking to get into EE or trying to brush up your skills now that 2.0 is out, this is the course for you. Join us and learn in a comfortable, fun environment.

Topics we'll cover include

  • Brief history of EE
  • Review of the EEcosystem
  • Getting a conceptual understanding of EE
  • EE Control Panel Overview
  • What's new in EE 2
  • Basics of coding in EE - tags and loops
  • EE linking variables
  • Loading an existing design template into EE
  • Chunking the visual design into parent templates, embedded templates, and snippets
  • Passing variables to embedded templates
  • Designing an ExpressionEngine architecture to power the visual design
  • Implementing EE channels, custom fields and categories to hold content
  • Building dynamic navigation menus
  • Building page titles and setting navigation states dynamically
  • Working with categories
  • Working with relationships
  • Using EE conditionals
  • Using EE variables
  • Troubleshooting tips
  • Using plug-ins, modules and extensions
  • Implementing different content types
  • Setting up the site for client access and workflow
  • Fighting SPAM
  • Improving performance
  • EE search engine - constraints and implementation
  • Discussion forum module overview
  • Wiki module overview
  • Multiple Site Manager Overview


Michael Boyink

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Michael has authored an ExpressionEngine book and screencasts available at, and runs Boyink Interactive – a charter member of the ExpressionEngine Professionals Network.


CityFlats Hotel

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The ExpressionEngine training will be held at the CityFlats Hotel located in Holland, Michigan.

Recently certified LEED Gold, CityFlats is a beautiful and comfortable venue for the week.

CityFlats is offering a great rate of $109/night, discounted from $189, for the training. Contact us for details.

There are several other options nearby

Holland, Michigan

A picturesque city on the shore of Lake Michigan, Holland is a beautiful and welcoming place to learn, play and relax.

You'll truly feel like you're on vacation.

How to get here

  • Air

    We're a short ride from Grand Rapids International Airport (GRR). We provide a free shuttle.

  • Road

    Less than 3 hours driving from Chicago or Detroit. Free parking on-site.

  • Rail

    Amtrak trains leave daily from Chicago and arrive 2 blocks from the hotel.

  • Water

    Ferries run from Milwaukee, WI to nearby Muskegon, MI. If you're bringing a yacht, we can help arrange docking.



Training will run from 9am–4pm each day. From 4–5pm, you can ask one-on-one questions, get feedback on personal projects, or head out on the town. Breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided.


You'll have chances to explore the nearby beaches, restaurants, shopping, or the next-door microbrewery.

Things to bring and take home

A Laptop. Any OS will do. We use Macs, but are friendly towards Windows, Linux, or whatever else you may have. We'll help you get set up before you come.

The first day, we'll give you a book of everything we'll cover in the training. You'll also get access to all the source code we use in examples.

Friends & Family

We warmly welcome you to bring your family or significant other (we've even had roommates and pets). They're welcome to join us at our evening events, and there is lots to do within walking distance during the day. We're glad to give suggestions. So whether you stick with the group or go off on your own, you'll enjoy your stay.


September weather in Michigan can go either way, so bring shorts and a jacket. Averages range from 73°F down to 52°F