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Preview channel entries and pages in context before publishing.

NSM Live Look is a Multi-Site Manager compatible ExpressionEngine addon that expands on the built-in Live Look functionality and allows you to see saved entries in template context directly in the CP. View the page as it will appear on the website and be confident that when you set the entry's status to 'open' it will look just you expected.

Please note: This add-on does not enable live WYSIWYG editing of templates or live updates.

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The Problem

Since version 1.6.1. ExpressionEngine has implemented a 'Live Look' entry preview functionality. While a welcome addition, it didn’t quite match my development workflow.

Problems with the native Live Look implementation include:

  1. No custom urls support forcing you to use /template_group/template/entry_id/ format. This doesn't't suit my site which used custom url formats including the {url_title} parameter.
  2. No Pages Module support.
  3. No Publish Form preview.
  4. Limited to one preview URL per channel.

How it works

NSM Live Look uses custom statuses and / or channel parameters to preview entries in templates secured by URL obfuscation or basic authentication (built into EE).

The preview URL is based on the entries attributes (<entry_id>, <url_title>, <author_id>, etc). The url is then used to load the corresponding template into an <iframe> custom field in the publish form.


Custom tab

Preview existing entries before making changes using the custom tab. Save revisions to quickly reload the template preview

Custom field
  • Switch between multiple previews

  • Current preview URL

  • Shrink or enlarge the preview window

  • Preview your site exactly how it appears from the Publish Form


Post submit review

Confirm your changes are ok as soon as they are published. No speeeling mistakes here.

Post submit review
  • Preview live entry after publishing



NSM Live Look has many features to enhance your publishing workflow. They include:

  • Multiple preview urls — Preview your entries using one or more dynamically template paths generated from entry data such as {url_title}, {entry_id}, {author_id} and more
  • Publish Form Live Look tab — Preview entries while editing them directly from the CP
  • Multi-Site Manager compatible — Independent extension settings for each site
  • NSM Addon Updater compatible — Stay up-to-date with the latest versions of NSM Live Look
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