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Score 9.4 out of 100
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Score 8.2 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

CodeIgniter

The input class makes it easy to provide server-side validation and scrubbing of user input. Setting Error messages. It doesn't require constant command-line access, It's great because it has a strong community and excellent documentation, but the problem is that it tries to retain backward compatibility with PHP 4 and therefore lacks a lot of "standard" features modern frameworks have such as auto-loading.
RANDHIR KUMAR | TrustRadius Reviewer

ExpressionEngine

ExpressionEngine is a very powerful and flexible content management system. It can handle a simple small business website all the way to a large corporation's website. If you are a business with multiple websites ExpresionEngine can handle that as well with it's Multiple Site Manager. I think ExpressionEngine would be less appropriate for a global large scale business with a magnitude of sites with different regions and languages.
Jeremy Troxell | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Security

CodeIgniter
ExpressionEngine
9.6
Role-based user permissions
CodeIgniter
ExpressionEngine
9.6

Platform & Infrastructure

CodeIgniter
ExpressionEngine
8.0
API
CodeIgniter
ExpressionEngine
8.0
Internationalization / multi-language
CodeIgniter
ExpressionEngine
8.0

Web Content Creation

CodeIgniter
ExpressionEngine
8.7
WYSIWYG editor
CodeIgniter
ExpressionEngine
8.4
Code quality / cleanliness
CodeIgniter
ExpressionEngine
9.3
Admin section
CodeIgniter
ExpressionEngine
9.6
Page templates
CodeIgniter
ExpressionEngine
8.0
Library of website themes
CodeIgniter
ExpressionEngine
7.0
Mobile optimization / responsive design
CodeIgniter
ExpressionEngine
9.4
Publishing workflow
CodeIgniter
ExpressionEngine
9.8
Form generator
CodeIgniter
ExpressionEngine
8.0

Web Content Management

CodeIgniter
ExpressionEngine
7.9
Content taxonomy
CodeIgniter
ExpressionEngine
8.3
SEO support
CodeIgniter
ExpressionEngine
8.7
Bulk management
CodeIgniter
ExpressionEngine
9.0
Availability / breadth of extensions
CodeIgniter
ExpressionEngine
7.7
Community / comment management
CodeIgniter
ExpressionEngine
6.1

Pros

CodeIgniter

  • CodeIgniter is an excellent tool when a simple database API is needed. Postgres, MySQL, and SQLite are all abstracted into a simple-to-use
  • CodeIgniter's simplicity is truly its best feature, because you are able to create controllers and methods based on the http://www.example//, and immediately being developing the application.
  • Flexibility is also another developer-friendly feature, because developers are able to design their application in any way - controllers, models, libraries, and helpers can be located anywhere or not used at all.
David Lemcoe Jr. | TrustRadius Reviewer

ExpressionEngine

  • Content structuring. You can set up channels and fields to hold just about any kind of information imaginable; text, images, videos, numbers, code, etc. You can structure this information any way you want and in any order. You literally create your own information database just the way you want it using a clear, easy online interface.
  • Template system. Utter freedom. Need I say more?
  • Exensible. There are a lot of add-ons, extensions, and other external modules that extend the core functionality of ExpressionEngine. Need a user management system? Check out the User module at http://solspace.com.
Lee Whitworth | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

CodeIgniter

  • Faced some issue of session management, so that's why we used the Core Session library for that. It would be great if we could improve it a little bit.
  • Frameworks provide the option to setup all getters/setters, so having this option in it is a great idea.
Suleman Ahmad | TrustRadius Reviewer

ExpressionEngine

  • For me, one of the greatest strengths of ExpressionEngine is also one of their weaknesses. There are so many add-ons available (some free, some not) for ExpressionEngine to allow you to do just about anything you want. However, the more add-ons that you use the more you have to deal with when performing updates. For instance, is the add-on compatible with the new version of ExpressionEngine - or even another add-on? What if that add-on gets abandoned by the developer - is there another that can perform the same functionality?
  • I think that ExpressionEngine needs to offer more out of the box than it does. Yes, you can get add-ons for just about anything but this adds to the cost. I have a list of add-ons that I use on almost every site which can raise the cost of getting started with a new site by $100-300. So add that to the cost of a license and you're at $400-600 and you haven't even started working on it yet. For instance, I shouldn't have to buy an add-on to allow me to customize the menu for my end-users.
  • The membership management feature is seriously lacking. Fortunately, there are add-ons (for an additional cost) to allow you to manage things better.
Todd Richards | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

CodeIgniter

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

ExpressionEngine

ExpressionEngine 9.2
Based on 36 answers
I'm satisfied with the way that my site runs on EE. My primary concern is that support is now a profit center for EE's publisher and so they've consequently gutted their community support boards. However, a good EE community is developing at StackExchange. At this stage, I don't think that EE is a good choice for an individual site owner. WordPress or SquareSpace would be a better choice unless you have a budget for support.
Barry Parr | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

CodeIgniter

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

ExpressionEngine

ExpressionEngine 5.3
Based on 6 answers
ExpressionEngine is very powerful and flexible. With this flexibility comes a bit of a learning curve. There are some great online resources for getting up to speed with EE, but the control panel can be a bit daunting. A lot of EE's installation process involves settings, configurations and flipping of switches. It is tedious, but well worth it as you ultimately have a very robust, secure and scalable CMS.Also, as of version 2.9.2, the control panel isn't responsive natively. You'll want to have a big enough screen to see the full control panel UI. Personally, I think the control panel would benefit from a major overhaul. It would be nice to see the colors and UI controls "modernized" and be able to more effectively customize the layout. Yes, some of this is built-in, and there are third-party add-ons to help, but maybe we'll see more refinement in future versions.
Eric Nance | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

CodeIgniter

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

ExpressionEngine

ExpressionEngine 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Never experienced an issue like this with it
Lauren Merka | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

CodeIgniter

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

ExpressionEngine

ExpressionEngine 2.8
Based on 2 answers
The admin section would slow to a crawl the larger the tag section grew. There were many areas where better pagination would've helped improve performance. Nothing complicated, which made the lag so frustrating
Lauren Merka | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

CodeIgniter

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

ExpressionEngine

ExpressionEngine 6.2
Based on 4 answers
I have personally never found any complications when trying to receive support from EllisLab in regards to ExpressionEngine when using the support plans they offer. I have always been responded to promptly and received satisfactory help with whatever my needs were in an extremely timely manner. This makes rating the support offered an easy job for me
Brian Mallett | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

CodeIgniter

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

ExpressionEngine

ExpressionEngine 6.5
Based on 4 answers
After installing the system a few times, you can see a pattern of things that have to be done to work the way you want them (settings, paths, etc.). By knowing what you want, you can put together some scripts that prepare the file system for installation, adjust post installation configuration settings, and install initial templates.
Justin Koivisto | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

CodeIgniter

CodeIgniter has a very small footprint. The source code is very small sized. Setting up a project is very easy. Follows MVC pattern. Consumes low memory and CPU. Well documented. Has a built-in forum for users to discuss and get the solution for issues. Periodically updates versions and patch fixes etc.
Sazzad Hossain Sharkar | TrustRadius Reviewer

ExpressionEngine

ExpressionEngine is vastly more flexible than any other content management system I have used to date and the quality of the add-ons are significantly higher than what you find in other directories. The ExpressionEngine community is also very willing and helpful with if you have any questions or run into any issues.
John Dezember | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

CodeIgniter

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

ExpressionEngine

ExpressionEngine 1.0
Based on 1 answer
Maybe it's scale-able from the content user perspective, but it was very limited from the programmers perspective. So many custom hacks were necessary that it reached a point it would be impossible to upgrade to a newer version
Lauren Merka | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

CodeIgniter

  • Because of quick turnaround on portals/intranets, it was easy to offer this as an option to clients.
  • As there is no cost associated with this framework, it was great not having to worry about purchasing or licensing. (MIT License).
  • Community support helps in that there are no ongoing support contracts or costs.
  • No direct representative for one-on-one support, if needed. This can cut into time used on projects.
Benjamin Hale | TrustRadius Reviewer

ExpressionEngine

  • Being able to be recognized as a leader within the ExpressionEngine development community has led to us being sought out by those customers seeking expert guidance.
  • We tend to specialize in using ExpressionEngine for our customers, so it has been easier to ramp new resources up on our development process, as well as be able to seek out independent experts to use as sub contractors or freelancers.
  • As we have been using ExpressionEngine almost exclusively for a number of years, we have built a reusable repository of proprietary code that makes our development process much more efficient and decreases the effort required for our projects.
Samuel King | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

CodeIgniter

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

ExpressionEngine

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

CodeIgniter
9.0
ExpressionEngine
8.6

Likelihood to Renew

CodeIgniter
ExpressionEngine
9.2

Usability

CodeIgniter
ExpressionEngine
5.3

Reliability and Availability

CodeIgniter
ExpressionEngine
10.0

Performance

CodeIgniter
ExpressionEngine
2.8

Support Rating

CodeIgniter
ExpressionEngine
6.2

Implementation Rating

CodeIgniter
ExpressionEngine
6.5

Scalability

CodeIgniter
ExpressionEngine
1.0

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