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ExpressionEngine content management system software is proprietary software designed to create stunning websites and simplify the content creation process. Developed by EllisLab, Inc., it’s a beautiful, authoritative system that is popular with individual users, companies and non-profits that create content-driven sites. This application offers a wide range of capabilities that will suit your diverse needs, while also creating a visually stimulating online storefront.

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A common question that new users ask when they discover Expression Engine is whether to use multiple weblogs or categories to organize their site. You will need to consider this carefully before you set up your site, and the answer depends on how you want your site to work. For example, if your site might require custom data fields, you should use a weblog to organize it. You should also use the weblog format if you need to create multiple user groups with granular rights, since you can't restrict users' access to categories.

One feature that Expression Engine is particularly proud of is its combination of a commercial product with an open-source framework. The funding they receive by offering a commercial product enables them to put more resources into developing professional material and extensions for your site. In addition, the open-source capabilities of this CMS mean that you can add to and create extensions for your own site. This must have been a precarious balance for Expression Engine to achieve because most of the top content management system software apps are offered free of charge.

Commerce & Business
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Expression Engine offers many great applications that are built into the core files. You can increase the capabilities of your site by installing one of the many modules available for download, such as an RSS feed, photo gallery and wiki. The wiki capabilities are quite spectacular and full of possibilities, depending on your site’s needs and community.

Additionally, you can install plugins that make your site even more suited to the diverse needs of your audience. We found plugins for removing HTML formatting from text, viewing inbound links for your URL through Technorati, and displaying the top authors on a page.

Standard Add-Ons
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The software's administrative features include admin logs, site membership, searchable (and search-and-replace) content forums, data export, a blacklist/whitelist module, SQL and extension manager, which are all tools that come standard with this content management system. In fact, Expression Engine is equipped with the full complement of management elements we looked for in CMS software. This stands as a testament to how successful open source software can be. A site is only as strong as its ability to manage content, data and users, which ExpressionEngine accomplishes with flying colors.

We noticed extensive capabilities in the area of user management. The application allows for multiple administrators so that work can be spread out through multiple resources at a company rather than bottlenecking with the web developer. You can create member groups, customize fields, manage user profiles, require member activation and more. We were quite impressed with the array of management features offered here.

Ease of Use
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ExpressionEngine allows you to create a truly secure site where you can trust that the data you handle will be safe. The built-in framework of Expression Engine's CMS offers you an audit trail, Captcha verifications (a plugin to determine if a comment or response is not generated by a computer), content approval and email verification. Login history is also included, and the system is SSL compatible.

ExpressionEngine already boasts a secure and stable system, one which has not been victim to a major security breach in the 10 years it has existed. Spam blockers are already in place, which means you can avoid unwanted attention from the malicious forces of the web. The security features offered here are quite comprehensive and include the most advanced of protective features offered among the CMS products we reviewed.

ExpressionEngine Summary:
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For functionality and flexibility, ExpressionEngine content management system software is a versatile option for operations large and small. It has obviously extended its reach to many professional websites, which is evidenced on the front page of their product site. If you’re not completely sold on the software itself, then you can visit their website to see a comprehensive showcase of popular websites that were created using this content management system software. It may seem a bit pricey, but through its ease of use and expandability, it is a force to be reckoned with. This CMS is certain to help bring your website from the far reaches of obscurity and, with the right tweaks, put your business in the limelight.

 

ExpressionEngine 2.2

Pros
Expression Engine offers extensive add-on capabilities like wikis, photo galleries and RSS feeds.

Cons
Due to the numerous features and support offered, a commercial license for this product can get quite expensive.

The Verdict
: /10

Despite the cost, this CMS will enable you to create truly amazing websites through easy-to-use features and a large contributing community.