ExpressionEngine, or “EE,” is a multi-purpose content management system developed by American software company EllisLab. EllisLab is a software development company based in Bend, Oregon, which develops applications written in PHP. ExpressionEngine is a modular web platform that offers three tiers of licenses: Freelancer, Non-Commercial, and Commercial.
One of EE’s proclaimed beneﬁts is its ease of use. Practically, this means that anyone can use it, without having to know PHP, the programming language EE is built in. The user interface is designed to make website and content management as simple and friendly as possible, without sacriﬁcing the dynamic power of the platform in any way.
Expression Engine offers extensive add-on capabilities like wikis, photo galleries and RSS feeds. Compared to other content management systems, EE has proven itself as a versatile, top-to-bottom solution that includes not just a robust CMS engine, but eCommerce and forum features as well: every aspect needed for dynamic web development out of the box. And if that wasn’t enough, it’s also easy on the budget: the top-tier Commercial license costs just $299.95.
More and more companies and organizations are turning to ExpressionEngine, making it a serious contender on a relatively short list of emerging enterprise-capable CMS platforms, and effectively proving its value. Notable companies that use EE as their web solution include Apple, Sony, Disney, Nike, Ford, and Cisco.