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Score 6.8 out of 101

Likelihood to Recommend

ExpressionEngine

ExpressionEngine is well suited for most website projects; it would not be appropriate for projects that are more "web application" than "website". When launching an EE site we take into account the performance needs and will place the site on a caching server to improve performance. EE will run in both Linux and IIS environments, which is a plus.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

ExpressionEngine
8.4
Role-based user permissions
ExpressionEngine
8.4

Platform & Infrastructure

ExpressionEngine
7.8
API
ExpressionEngine
7.3
Internationalization / multi-language
ExpressionEngine
8.4

Web Content Creation

ExpressionEngine
8.6
WYSIWYG editor
ExpressionEngine
10.0
Code quality / cleanliness
ExpressionEngine
8.9
Admin section
ExpressionEngine
8.4
Page templates
ExpressionEngine
8.4
Library of website themes
ExpressionEngine
5.0
Mobile optimization / responsive design
ExpressionEngine
10.0
Publishing workflow
ExpressionEngine
7.8
Form generator
ExpressionEngine
10.0

Web Content Management

ExpressionEngine
8.6
Content taxonomy
ExpressionEngine
5.0
SEO support
ExpressionEngine
9.4
Bulk management
ExpressionEngine
10.0
Availability / breadth of extensions
ExpressionEngine
8.5
Community / comment management
ExpressionEngine
10.0

Pros

ExpressionEngine

  • You design what is best for your client, and then build the dynamic features in. Other CMS products approach this backwards.
  • It's easy for our clients to manage their sites, even on complex builds.
  • It has a strong, helpful community of users and developers.
  • Developing is fast and straight forward.
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Cons

ExpressionEngine

  • Having common field sets that are independent of content channels would be a welcome change.
  • It's control panel could use some streamlining and design updating.
  • The process of updating the system needs over hauling.
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Likelihood to Renew

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.
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Usability

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.
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Reliability and Availability

ExpressionEngine

ExpressionEngine 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Never experienced an issue like this with it
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Performance

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
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Support

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
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Implementation

ExpressionEngine

ExpressionEngine 6.9
Based on 3 answers
Ask the implementing company for references and talk to those references about their experience.
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Alternatives Considered

ExpressionEngine

ExpressionEngine's ease of use, flexibility in design and functionality, and straight forward templating makes it the clear winner. We simply get to work and build. We don't need to consider how to shoehorn in some feature, or bend the design to the will of the CMS.It's powerful without being confusing. The community builds fantastic add ons, and are some of the most helpful and kind people I have ever met
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Scalability

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
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Return on Investment

ExpressionEngine

  • ExpressionEngine has been our agency's bread and butter for about 10 years, allowing us to create custom sites for a wide range of clients.
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Pricing Details

ExpressionEngine

General

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

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