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Score 9.1 out of 100
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Score 5.5 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Security

    Craft

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    9.9

    ExpressionEngine

    99%
    ExpressionEngine ranks higher in 1/1 features

    Role-based user permissions

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.9
    99%
    32 Ratings

    Platform & Infrastructure

    Craft

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.0

    ExpressionEngine

    80%
    ExpressionEngine ranks higher in 2/2 features

    API

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    23 Ratings

    Internationalization / multi-language

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    20 Ratings

    Web Content Creation

    Craft

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.6

    ExpressionEngine

    86%
    ExpressionEngine ranks higher in 8/8 features

    WYSIWYG editor

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.1
    81%
    29 Ratings

    Code quality / cleanliness

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.1
    91%
    31 Ratings

    Admin section

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.9
    99%
    31 Ratings

    Page templates

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    27 Ratings

    Library of website themes

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.0
    70%
    11 Ratings

    Mobile optimization / responsive design

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.1
    91%
    14 Ratings

    Publishing workflow

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.9
    99%
    24 Ratings

    Form generator

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    17 Ratings

    Web Content Management

    Craft

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.0

    ExpressionEngine

    80%
    ExpressionEngine ranks higher in 5/5 features

    Content taxonomy

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.1
    81%
    24 Ratings

    SEO support

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.9
    89%
    24 Ratings

    Bulk management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0
    90%
    26 Ratings

    Availability / breadth of extensions

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.9
    79%
    31 Ratings

    Community / comment management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.0
    60%
    29 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • Craft is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Support Rating

    Likelihood to Recommend

    9.4

    Craft

    94%
    6 Ratings
    8.9

    ExpressionEngine

    89%
    60 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    Craft

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.2

    ExpressionEngine

    92%
    36 Ratings

    Usability

    Craft

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    5.3

    ExpressionEngine

    53%
    6 Ratings

    Availability

    Craft

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    10.0

    ExpressionEngine

    100%
    2 Ratings

    Performance

    Craft

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    2.8

    ExpressionEngine

    28%
    4 Ratings

    Support Rating

    9.4

    Craft

    94%
    3 Ratings
    6.2

    ExpressionEngine

    62%
    8 Ratings

    Implementation Rating

    Craft

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.9

    ExpressionEngine

    69%
    6 Ratings

    Product Scalability

    Craft

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    1.0

    ExpressionEngine

    10%
    1 Rating

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Craft

    Craft is really well suited for any size design team - I have used it within a team of 3, and within a team of 30.It helps with collaboration within the team, and between external teams through 'sync' with Invision.It increases efficiency of using Sketch with things like 'data', 'duplicate', and 'stock'. These tools not only make designing faster, but also more realistic, allowing us to 'test' our designs sooner.
    Evan Jaffe | 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

    Pros

    Craft

    • Craft is built to digital products developers, so its workflow is great.
    • It has a very nice interface and is a beautiful tool.
    Raphael Sanguinete | 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

    Craft

    • Text formatting is sometimes difficult and can break your flow of writing.
    • The button for creating another level is exceptionally hard to see and poorly placed.
    • Copying rich text out of the app pastes it with an odd styling.
    Ben Lachman | 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

    Pricing Details

    Craft

    General

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

    Starting Price

    Craft Editions & Modules

    Additional Pricing Details

    ExpressionEngine

    General

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

    Starting Price

    $299 One Time Fee

    ExpressionEngine Editions & Modules

    Edition
    License$299.001
    1. One Time Fee
    Additional Pricing Details

    Likelihood to Renew

    Craft

    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

    Craft

    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

    Craft

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    ExpressionEngine

    ExpressionEngine 10.0
    Based on 2 answers
    Never experienced an issue like this with it
    Lauren Merka | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Performance

    Craft

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    ExpressionEngine

    ExpressionEngine 2.8
    Based on 4 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

    Craft

    Craft 9.4
    Based on 3 answers
    Responsive chat with founders to answer any questions you have.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    ExpressionEngine

    ExpressionEngine 6.2
    Based on 8 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

    Craft

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    ExpressionEngine

    ExpressionEngine 6.9
    Based on 6 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

    Craft

    Craft was originally developed in response to ExpressionEngine's shortcomings. While ExpressionEngine has caught up in some regards, it still looks and feels a bit unpolished by comparison. Additionally, ExpressionEngine's vendor has never gotten UI right - not on their website, nor in their CMS. Craft remains easier to use, more polished and provides a wider feature set in its base install (without needing plugins).As for WordPress - while I recognize its massive popularity, I find its reliance on themes, third-party plugins, along with security shortcomings, make it a poor fit for the larger custom projects we build. On the other hand, if you want to throw up a passable website in a day, you can't beat WordPress.
    Ben Seigel | 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

    Craft

    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

    Craft

    • More accurate mockups for clients that take less time than without using Craft.
    • Increased collaboration within and between teams by providing more immediate insight into active design work.
    • More enjoyable experiences while designing, because the tool set opens up new work flows that do not existing natively in any design software.
    Evan Jaffe | 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

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