ExpressionEngine® 3 User Guide

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Content & Design

Control Panel Location: Settings ‣ Content & Design

This section of the Control Panel allows you to define settings for caching, image resizing, and emoticons.

Permission Restrictions

  • Access settings: General Settings


Clear cache for new entries?

You can determine whether your caches will be cleared when you post an entry. If set to “no”, the new entry will not appear on your site until any cache expires.

Cache dynamic channel queries?

This feature will improve the speed at which your channel pages load by caching queries that are normally executed dynamically.


Enable this preference only if you do not use the “future entries” or “expiring entries” feature.

Assign category parents?

Set whether to assign an entry to both the selected category and its parent category.


This is where you indicate which resizing protocol to use. You may need to contact your Host or server admin to determine which protocols are installed and available on your server. The options are:

Converter path

If you specified either “ImageMagick” or “NetPBM” in the preference above, then you must list the server path to the library in this setting. If you do not know the server path, contact your Host or server admin.

Thumbnail suffix

You may specify a suffix to be automatically added to the filename of any generated thumbnail. This will ensure that the thumbnail image does not overwrite the original and will also make it easy to see that it is a thumbnail image. “thumb” is used by default.

If the original image was flowers.jpg then the thumbnail would be flowers_thumb.jpg.

Enable emoticons?

With this preference you can choose whether or not the special codes for smileys are rendered as graphics on your site. If this preference is set to “No” then the actual code such as :-) or :lol: will be displayed instead of the image1 or LOL


This setting specifies the URL of the folder where you have your smiley graphics located. This setting will automatically be filled in during installation, so you should only need to change it if you have altered where your smiley graphics are stored.