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Smarty 3.0.8 Released Jun 3, 2011

Smarty 3.0.8 has been released. Mostly bug fixes and performance improvements. See the change log for details.

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Showcase: Migraine Action Charity uses Smarty 3 May 13, 2011

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Andrew from 1PCS Ltd says:

Migraine Action are a UK based charity working to raise awareness of migraine, support migraine research and offer advice and information to migraineurs, their families, friends, colleagues, healthcare professionals and the general public.

Smarty was chosen as the template engine of choice for the development of the Migraine Action charity's website for its speed, flexibility, extensibility and caching ability. The website was written to fit in with Migraine's processes and utilises many of the built in features that Smarty comes with to help us reduce on-going maintenance costs. During the development, the built-in debugging facilities were a pleasure to work with helping us reduce development time and keep costs down for our client. The built-in caching facilities allow the website to continue to perform well even under heavy load and to give visitors a quick loading experience.

The Smarty template engine is a great system to work with and developers should definitely consider using Smarty when developing their own sites.

Andrew Holt
Lead Developer
1PCS Ltd

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Showcase: Cmail uses Smarty 3 Apr 25, 2011

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Gencer from says:

Since first public release, Cmail uses Smarty 3 for client and server side interface. Smarty Template Engine help us to make our software much more easier to work with it. We used almost all functions of Smarty 3 and its being part of Cmail! Smarty also allow us to coding PHP more simply and clean. Even we used Smarty 3 for Javascript (Client-Side).

Also, with Smarty 3 we can find and locate which error is came from template and which one is from server-side code.

Thank you for providing a simple, powerful and easy to use template engine!

Gencer G.
Project Manager,
Nienbo Corporation.

Cmail website:

Showase: Kids Wearhouse uses Smarty 3 Apr 20, 2011

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Peter from Streamers LLC says:

Smarty is the cornerstone of an eCommerce system that we are developing tailored specifically to online apparel stores. We used it from the outset in our lead project, a remake of our kids clothing site The new design using on our eCommerce system has been live for two months and profiling under load is showing that the template system is a very efficient use of resources.

As the project development progressed we found it made more and more sense to defer front-end formatting to the Smarty template stage, and we are finding that this policy has really paid off now that we're creating new sites based on the central engine - raw data can be used, omitted or formatted specifically to each site's requirements by editing just the template file; this is perfect for future gui-driven site design. Thank you for providing a versatile and easy to use template engine.

Peter Maloy
Operations Director
Streamers LLC

Looking good!

Showcase: uses Smarty 3 Apr 18, 2011

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Daniel from says: is an online event calendar for Germany, Austria and Switzerland. It is the biggest site of its kind in Germany with well over a million visits per month.

We have used Smarty since 2007, when we started work on venyoo. We currently have close to 500 template files and were using a lot of {php} tags in them. We have been thinking about switching to Smarty 3 and getting rid of all the {php} tags for some time. Last week I decided to just switch. No more excuses!

The switch was incredibly simple. And fast! It took us just two days to edit all of our templates. We had to change code in around 200 templates. We used the {php} tags for very simple stuff that was easily converted to Smarty code: static method calls for example.

Thanks for developing such an awesome library for free!


Showcase: Thin Php Framework uses Smarty 3 Apr 13, 2011

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Duc from says:

Thin PHP Framework is a lightweight, flexible open source PHP5 MVC framework. It is suitable for web developers who want a robust framework to start their projects but don't want too many dependencies.

We have gone through all other PHP template engines and finally decided to settle down with Smarty. Thin PHP Framework is using Smarty as its core View component in MVC design. The smart design of Smarty helps web developers easily separate presentation layer and model layer. Thin PHP Framework also has some Smarty plugins to let developers embed an extension/controller's output into a view.

Thanks a lot for your awesome work and congrats on the new release!
Thin PHP Framework Team

Thin PHP website:
See Thin PHP Demo:

Cool stuff!

Smarty 3 Tips Mar 17, 2011

MVC: No Silver Bullet Mar 8, 2011

Andy Wardley as a great article about traditional desktop-application MVC and how it applies to web development.

Showcase: Sux0r uses Smarty 3 Mar 6, 2011

Dac from says:

Sux0r is a blogging package, an RSS aggregator, a bookmark repository, and a photo publishing platform with a focus on Naive Bayesian categorization and probabilistic content. OpenID enabled (version 1.1); as both a consumer and a provider.

Sux0r has been using Smarty since 2008. Recently, I bit the bullet and upgraded to Smarty 3. Launched today as part of, the transition was a relatively painless experience. Any issues I had were quickly resolved in the forums. The gains in Smarty 3 are numerous and worth the effort.

Thanks a lot for your work.

PHP Template Engines Mar 2, 2011

This is a very well written article by Max K. from about PHP template engines and their uses.

PHP Template Engines

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