Mountee

Mount your ExpressionEngine and WordPress templates as a drive.

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Documentation (Mountee for EE 1)

Before installation, please ensure that your systems meet the minimum requirements:

  • ExpressionEngine 1.6.x or 2.0.2 or later
  • PHP 4.4.9 or later for the add-on
  • Mac OS X 10.8 or later for the application

Installation Instructions

  1. Download Mountee.zip and unzip it.
  2. FTP the files from their local folders to the same locations in your EE install’s /system/ folder on the server.
  3. Navigate to Modules in your EE control panel and install the add-on.
  4. If you running less than 1.6.7, you’ll need to also upload /system/language/english/lang.mountee.php.
  5. If you have been using ExpressionEngine’s file sync, you should synchronize templates and then switch this features off. (View Knowledge Base article for details)
  6. Install the Mac OS X App by moving the app to your Applications folder.

NOTE 1: ExpressionEngine’s Template Versioning works with Mountee; in fact, that’s one of its strengths. If you want to keep revisions of templates, you can enable this feature here: Templates → Global Template Preferences → Save Template Revisions.

NOTE 2: Mountee keeps a local cache of your templates in memory. This is part of what makes Mountee so much faster than editing over FTP, but it means that if you change your templates through the ExpressionEngine control panel while Mountee is connected, you will need to disconnect and reconnect to get the latest changes. If you only edit through Mountee this won’t be a problem.

Using Mountee

Connecting to your site

Connecting to your site with Mountee

  1. Launch the Mountee app.
  2. Click + to set up a new site.
  3. Enter your site’s Control Panel URL. (You will probably have renamed the folder from /system/)
  4. Enter a Super Admin username and password for your site.
  5. Save your Mountee site.
  6. Click Connect to mount your site’s EE templates as a drive

Using the Mountee File Preferences

The Mountee File Preferences

Once Mountee is connected to a site, you can open the Mountee File Preferences from the Finder by right-clicking a file and selecting Mountee File Preferences. Or, use the keyboard shortcut (⌥⇧⌘I).

The same keyboard shortcut can be used from within your editor, if you’ve installed the relevant plugin.

File Extensions

Mountee automatically adds virtual extensions to your template names in the Finder. These extensions only appear in the Finder; they don’t carry over to your real template names in ExpressionEngine.

The extension added by Mountee is determined by the template type and is mapped as follows:

  • webpage → .php
  • feed → .rss
  • xml → .xml
  • static → .html
  • javascript → .js
  • css → .css

When you create new templates with Mountee you should add one of these six extensions so that ExpressionEngine handles your templates appropriately.

If, for any reason, you really do want your template names to have extensions, you can add the extension twice. E.g. a Mountee file named “style.css” would be named “style” in ExpressionEngine. Naming your template “style.css.css” stores the template as “style.css”.