In 2002, one year before the first release of WordPress, the newly founded EllisLab launched a blogging application called pMachine Pro. pMachine was moderately popular, but it wasn’t until a few years later, with the release of ExpressionEngine, that EllisLab made its lasting mark on the world of content management. After five major releases and innumerable minor versions, ExpressionEngine remains one of the best options for complex custom websites.
After many years as a proprietary CMS, ExpressionEngine was released under an open source license in November. Now everyone can download and create a site based on one of the most sophisticated content management systems in the world.
But why choose ExpressionEngine instead of WordPress or Craft CMS? WordPress and ExpressionEngine differ in many ways, but the most important is that ExpressionEngine is designed to make it easy for developers and designers to build custom content sites. It provides features for publishing any information in any layout without imposing its ideas about how content should be organized.
ExpressionEngine is flexible
ExpressionEngine makes it easy to create and publish as many content types as necessary. It is simple to build custom post types and combine content on pages in any layout. This makes ExpressionEngine excellent as the foundation of bespoke client sites. It is as well suited to a business site as to a blog, news site, intranet, recruitment site, or any other type of website.
It takes longer to learn ExpressionEngine than WordPress because it is so flexible and it makes no assumptions about what type of data you will publish. WordPress provides a well-defined content model which fits many use-cases, but, with ExpressionEngine, the site owner makes those decisions. For a simple business site or blog, WordPress is the best choice. For a more complex site, it’s worth considering ExpressionEngine for its flexibility.
ExpressionEngine is modular
Just like WordPress, ExpressionEngine benefits from a rich ecosystem of add-ons. Devot-ee.com lists thousands of add-ons, fewer than WordPress, but covering a wide array of functionality. ExpressionEngine tends to have many features built-in rather than relying on an external add-on, including SEO and social media features. ExpressionEngine users install fewer add-ons than WordPress users, but they’re available if you need them.
ExpressionEngine is secure
ExpressionEngine includes advanced security features by default, including spam protection features such as blacklists and CAPTCHA tests, advanced session management, secure form processing, and more. Security updates have historically been released promptly, and there is no reason to expect that will change under the new open source development strategy.
In short, ExpressionEngine is a powerful, flexible, and secure tool for building custom websites of any complexity. Combined with Nexcess’s performance-optimized ExpressionEngine hosting, ExpressionEngine the ideal choice for fast and reliable marketing and content sites.Posted in: ExpressionEngine