Solid, more flexible alternative to WordPress
June 21, 2018

Solid, more flexible alternative to WordPress

Ben Seigel | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 6 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with ExpressionEngine

I run a web agency which uses ExpressionEngine and Craft CMS for our small business and organization clients. Both are more refined, flexible, and powerful alternatives to the default to WordPress. Both allow development of custom, non-theme-based websites to fit clients' specific business requirements.

Pros

  • Wide range of fields types - allows collection and display of different types of information (date, image, multi-relation, etc.)
  • Security. Excellent security record, does not face hacking risk like WordPress.
  • HTML-agnostic templating system. Write whatever HTML, JS, CSS you want, and then integrate it into ExpressionEngine's templates.

Cons

  • UI is still inferior to Craft CMS.
  • Third-party add-ons are required for certain features that ought to be built in to the product.
  • Vendor has fumbled support for its developer network.
  • 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.
While everybody loves WordPress because it's cheap, fast, and ubiquitous, we prefer ExpressionEngine for its flexibility, security, and open approach to content structure.
  • Upgrading from a previous ExpressionEngine build (v2 or v3).
  • Custom builds that aren't suited to a theme.
  • More complex needs than WordPress can handle natively.

ExpressionEngine Feature Ratings

WYSIWYG editor
Not Rated
Code quality / cleanliness
8
Admin section
7
Page templates
7
Library of website themes
Not Rated
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Not Rated
Publishing workflow
6
Form generator
Not Rated
Content taxonomy
5
SEO support
9
Bulk management
Not Rated
Availability / breadth of extensions
8
Community / comment management
Not Rated
API
Not Rated
Internationalization / multi-language
7
Role-based user permissions
7

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