Nike, Starbucks, and Disney use ExpressionEngine.
ExpressionEngine was developed in 2002 as a proprietary modular CMS written in PHP. In 2018, to the delight of developers worldwide, proprietor EllisLab announced that ExpressionEngine was officially free and open source.
Its most exciting feature is the ability to create multi-media, information-rich websites.
ExpressionEngine’s Bare Bones
- Site content is stored in flexible data containers called channels. You can think of a channel as a folder or category. For example, a website may have separate channels for news, blogs, products, or files.
Designers Love ExpressionEngine
Because ExpressionEngine does not target a niche market – for example eCommerce – and is not geared to a particular type of content – for example blogs – you can build pretty much any kind of website. In fact, you can create a website with separate eCommerce and blog sections.
ExpressionEngine allows you to create your own information database. You can create focus pages for blogs, articles, forums, documentation, FAQs, job listings, community information pages, streaming video pages, picture galleries, and news feeds, resulting in stunning, media-rich data-driven websites.
Multiple Website Magic
ExpressionEngine’s Multiple Site Manager tool is useful for any business that has multiple websites. Multiple Site Manager allows your websites to use your domain or sub-domains, or new domains, each of which can be configured independently within the same ExpressionEngine installation.
Rapid Hands-On Development
ExpressionEngine enables fast development and has enough built-in features to create a secure, fully functioning website rapidly.
Support includes documentation, pluggable APIs, published books and tutorials, public forums and ExpressionEngine University, billed as “the galactic institution for web developer brain cell enhancement.”
Individuals and companies who want to get their hands dirty and manage nitty gritty details themselves will enjoy ExpressionEngine features like live preview, prototyping, image resizing, friendly URLs, spell checker, and a WYSIWYG editor.
The ExpressionEngine marketplace offers a select range of free and paid addons, to save developers from developing their own.
Keeping the Stable Door Locked
ExpressionEngine’s built-in security features rival more popular CMSs with comprehensive audit trails, and Captcha, content approval, email verification, granular privilege, and login history modules.
Rare in the industry, ExpressionEngine has never suffered any serious hacks, and FullHost intends to keep it that way. To back up your data, we use Acronis, a leading software software, disaster recovery and secure data access provider. FullHost also supports the free and automated SSL certificates offered through Let’s Encrypt.