Originally this post was going to be discussing the different content management systems I use and when to use what? I still think that would make a great post, but I just don’t have the time at the moment to do the proper research that it would involve. Instead I have decided to base this post on my new interest Ellislab’s Expression Engine.
Now there is nothing new about Expression Engine, top web designers swear by it and have been for a while now. I originally heard about EE a while back after discovering the brilliant Veerle’s blog, a must for all creative designers.
“ExpressionEngine is a flexible, feature-rich content management system that empowers thousands of individuals, organizations, and companies around the world to easily manage their website.“
That definition of Expression Engine sounds great, but it doesn’t quite convince me that it is any better than Joomla, Drupal or WordPress, all of which are free. A commercial license for EE costs 250 dollars. So why pay the money? Why not use an open source alternative?
Well the answer is in it’s flexibility. Expression Engine does not require you to work a certain way, it’s back end forms are not governed by the install file, but my your requirements. It takes WordPress’s custom fields to another level and allows you to work according to your creative process. You can then display your content within your custom designed template according to your exact requirements, no hacks, no excuses for having to do it a slightly different way. View a full list of it’s features.
Now as I said I’m not going to debate the differences between each content management system, as I am only really a specialist in WordPress. I will however say that after visiting a great London based website designer yesterday I am now convinced that I must venture into this new territory.
If you’ve heard of Expression Engine before and know of any early adopters in South Africa please leave a comment below, I’d be very interested in seeing the sites. If you are a potential client who is currently researching the best content mangement system for your buck please contact me.
If you are an Expression Engine representative visiting my site, and have read this free advertisement, please can I have a commercial license 🙂