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ExpressionEngine simplifies the process of managing your site while giving your designers complete creative control.

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ExpressionEngine review by Loren S.
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"Powerful Content Management System"

What do you like best?

ExpressionEngine is very user friendly! It has all the essentials you need for a CMS with zero clutter of junk. This was the first CMS I worked with at my job, which shows you that it was very easy to teach myself the ends and outs of EE.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes creating forms on EE can be cumbersome. I had to have our website developer step in to help in this regard. Also we had to add captchas to our forms to stop spamming.

Recommendations to others considering the product

You should definitely give EE a chance over WordPress.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have a great website that is managed by EE. It's also easy on our budget using EE, so that definitely helps our company.

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ExpressionEngine review by Kristen B.
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"A nice alternative CMS"

What do you like best?

I have found EE to be highly extendable. We have member-specific content, discussion forums, wikis, and a ratings system (in addition to regular site content) all running on ExpressionEngine.

The support is top notch. We pay for the silver support plan ($49/mo) and it is 100% worth it. The ExpressionEngine support folks are knowledgeable and speedy with their responses. I have never actually expedited a ticket because I know I will have a reply within a few hours by filing a regular ticket.

EE 3 has a more user-friendly interface for site admins (compared to EE 2).

What do you dislike?

There are so many settings that can be customized, sometimes it's difficult to remember where certain settings live. Of course, EE is well documented so it's usually easy to look up the answer (or if all else fails, file a support ticket).

Recommendations to others considering the product

I have found EE to be a great alternative for those considering WordPress or Drupal. Take a look at all 3 and consider how customizable you want your installation to be. If you are willing to pay a little extra per month for the EE support plan, it is totally worth it, and the support techs can even help with implementation of premium add-ons, etc.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We wanted something that was more secure and with better support than some of the open source options out there. EE makes it easy for us to run a membership-based site where we can control what content is visible to site members vs. guests.

What Web Content Management solution do you use?

Thanks for letting us know!
ExpressionEngine review by Aly N.
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"No contest—from what I've seen and heard, it's the best."

What do you like best?

Because it's the update and I have the most experience with the new version, I'm going to speak about 3.0—ultimately, it's very user-friendly. Even to people who aren't necessarily on the developer side (like me). The functionality of the program is great, the new Assets feature is wonderful (although there are a few bugs that will eventually be fixed), and it's pretty straightforward.

What do you dislike?

It's sometimes difficult to find things unless you've used the program a few times (thoroughly) before. Every so often, I find myself nosing around through tabs I don't normally go to in order to try to find a space to integrate content. The Assets feature also has some kinks to work out, but overall it's a great version.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Take a chunk of time to just mess around with it and learn it through experience—it can be a little overwhelming at first if you're not a developer, but you'll certainly catch on after using it a bit.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Because I work for a web development company, it's our primary tool for building every site and it's apparently much better than what they used in the past. It's user-friendly enough that everyone can implement changes and content confidently and often without asking for help from any of the dev team.

ExpressionEngine review by Lauren N.
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"Not recommended for Small Business "

What do you like best?

The platform is somewhere in the middle of Wordpress and Larger platforms as far as ease of use is concerned.

What do you dislike?

Most page and template changes, as well as cart changes are all code. Costs a lot of money to maintain and update this site. As a non developer I prefer something more user friendly to a non coder. Doing basic marketing functions on this site, like adding Landing pages, banners, pop ups, add-ons, etc are very challenging. Doesn't have a lot of basic stuff built in. Again, can be added but it's all code. Blog posts are hard to customize compared to other platforms I've used. Seems like it's missing a lot of basic stuff for a CMS.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Unless you have a website budget in the $20k's + I'd steer clear. It takes a lot of development to set this up and get it running properly. We regret not using Shopify after only 6 months on this, because every change costs more money, and we're still not getting all the features available right out of the box with Shopify. We run another branded website on Shopify so it's easy to compare and contrast the two. EE is such an unknown platform that most people aren't developing integrations for it, so we're very limited in what we can even use as an add on.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Using this with Carthrob to run our eCommerce website.

ExpressionEngine review by Katie H.
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"ExpressionEngine - The Ultimate CMS"

What do you like best?

I love how easy it is to use ExpressionEngine. I work for a web design agency, but had no background in web design. Our developers were able to bring me up to speed so that I can enter content, create forms, and manage SEO. I am the digital content strategist for the company and I work with the clients to help manage their content and make it appropriate for the CMS.

What do you dislike?

One thing I wish could be improved upon is the user experience once it meets the client. For our team, we understand the backend of EE, but I think clients, who aren't familiar with a content management system, would appreciate a more streamlined backend process.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you work for a web agency, I would highly recommend considering ExpressionEngine. The community is great and they are very easy and pleasant to work with. ExpressionEngine use to use, even if you've never worked with a content management system before. Hopefully, you have a team of helpful developers around you to walk you through the process!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We build all of our websites with ExpressionEngine. We have used other content management systems, but ExpressionEngine by Ellis Labs is the best we've come across.

ExpressionEngine review by Ben S.
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"Powerful, flexible, extensible CMS for folks who have outgrown WordPress."

What do you like best?

ExpressionEngine should be evaluated from two perspectives.

DEVELOPMENT

ExpressionEngine is a design- and content-agnostic CMS. What does this mean? Unlike WordPress and some other CMS, ExpressionEngine adapts to your design rather than the reverse. It is template-drive, not theme-driven, and your templates may contain any code you want, including JavaScript, HTML, XML, JSON, etc. It is a powerful tool for developing customized websites without compromising on layout or features. Once you get comfortable with its template and content scheme, you'll be able to develop anything from a ten-page brochureware site to a 1,000 page news aggregator.

CONTENT EDITING

ExpressionEngine offers an intuitive content management experience for users. In our experience, content editors enjoy ExpressionEngine's ease of use, as long as the developer takes the time to set it up correctly.

What do you dislike?

* ExpressionEngine's loyalty to its legacy codebase creates extra work for developers.

* Too much reliance on third-party add-ons to accomplish tasks that are built in to other CMS.

* Updating process is a headache.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This CMS is best suited to higher-budget, custom websites. If you want a template-driven, somewhat generic site that just works, and/or you have a small budget, stick with WordPress or similar software.

On the other hand, if you have a solid budget, clear planning process, and professional design you'd like to implement, ExpressionEngine is a strong contender.

Unsure what's best? Hire a developer to spend a few hours walking your web or marketing team through the software, showing both the development aspects and the content editor's perspective. This is the fastest way to get a sense of ExpressionEngine's value to your business.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

As a branding, web design and development shop, Versa Studio has created and supported over 50 ExpressionEngine-driven sites. It's been our go-to CMS for 9 years, our key software for creating sites that support our clients' business goals.

Our clients benefit from ExpressionEngine's ability to adapt to their business goals, as expressed in design, features and content structure.

ExpressionEngine review by Robin C.
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"User Friendly"

What do you like best?

I love the easy interface to update our sites.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes it can be a little "chunky" and slow

Recommendations to others considering the product

Once the system is in place, our tech team was able to "train" us no-techie people to update the system fairly easily.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Utilize EE for our business website as well as for our event registration system. It has allowed us to take on some of the design elements to free up our actual tech team.

ExpressionEngine review by Chris B.
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"Most flexbile CMS on the market and getting better."

What do you like best?

EE's variable system is amazing. You don't have to learn an entire new tempting system since their tools allow you to template and create your own system. They have a great third party catalog of plugins so if you are looking to get something done quick you can. The single best thing you can say about expression engine is it doesn't force you into any systems.

What do you dislike?

It's pricey, not for smaller commercial projects as the software itself is pretty pricey. In the past they have been slow to update and adopt new code, but that's all changing with EE3 so thats only a complaint for ee2.

Recommendations to others considering the product

ExpressionEngine 3 was just launched this year and its being built out quickly, but some thirdy party plugins are a bit behind in getting updated. But I expect EE3 to be just as great and better than EE2. If its in your budget I would get EE in a heart beat, and not even bother with the other CMS's out there.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Expression Engine gives you a giant leg up when building large websites for companies. Its got a fairly easy to use UI (and getting better). EE has allowed me to get complicated websites up and running very quickly keep dev time low.

ExpressionEngine review by Jared D.
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"Expression Engine - A new user's opinion"

What do you like best?

I like how customizable the software is in terms of layout as well as data. You can have significantly sophisticated data sets that EE easily manages.

What do you dislike?

It feels a bit dated from a design and UX perspective. Other CMS I've worked with are a bit more intuitive, but that's coming from a non-developer's perspective.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would look at what will work best with your front-end and easily integrates with other tools you're using. One regret I have is that we had a custom site built, rather than building it on Wordpress or something simpler that we could change on our own rather than having a hardcoded homepage.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We've been able to drastically cut down on the time it takes us to create content for new webpages and we're able to cut down on all double-entry now that our users' data is directly entered into the CMS through our site and then that data is carried over into other webpages without us having to re-enter the same information.

ExpressionEngine review by User in Information Technology and Services
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"Terrible CMS"

What do you like best?

I honestly don't like anything about this platform.

What do you dislike?

Literally everything. The UI, the UX, the actual platform itself. Nothing is easy about using our navigating EE. When recently went through n EE upgrade that was originally supposed to take 1 week. It ended up taking 4 months.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Do not use it. Build in wordpress or any other CMS.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Allows us to publish content to our website(blog). There really are no advantages to using this platform. It seems to be the lowest form of content management platform on the market, and even consultants who work on implementing it can't fix the issues that arise in it.

ExpressionEngine review by JT O.
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"Executive Expression Engine Review"

What do you like best?

It quickly allows our staff to add or edit content to our page and is easily designed and very user-friendly.

What do you dislike?

It seems a little dated compared to the abilities of over CMSs out there.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you need a system that is easily manageable for very complex systems and workflows of content, then definitely look into EE.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We can efficiently manage our website without having to rely on an agency or web developer to make edits or updates.

ExpressionEngine review by Emily P.
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"Expression Engine "

What do you like best?

Some of the areas are rather intuitive and easy to use.

What do you dislike?

The version we have had to upgrade so we could see pages before they were published.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Being able to navigate and update an easy to use functional website

ExpressionEngine review by Administrator in Marketing and Advertising
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"Expression Engine used to be the go to for large complex cms builds."

What do you like best?

Expression Engine has many features needed to build a complex template system based website.

What do you dislike?

Expression Engine has a strange parse order and no variables in the template system.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try CraftCMS, it is built by the leading plugin developers for Expression Engine, and they have integrated many of the go to features and made it all work more seamlessly.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Expression Engine can iterate over channel entries and produce dynamic results.

ExpressionEngine review by Internal Consultant in Internet
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"The primary content management system we use to develop web sites for our customers"

What do you like best?

It is a very flexible and customizable solution

What do you dislike?

Not as well known as I would like it to be

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is an extremely versatile product and if you are tired of "cookie cutter" websites, then this is a great tool to use.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

providing a user friendly interface for our customers to be able to manage their content assets for their web presence.

ExpressionEngine review by Agency
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"Wonderful CMS"

What do you like best?

I love the versatility of the program - it allows for so many cheap plugins

What do you dislike?

there are a few user-unfriendly areas that i need programming to help me with

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Supporting multiple client websites

ExpressionEngine review by Administrator in Machinery
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"Very complicated templating system"

What do you like best?

It was easy to navigate and the ability to include users and create user accounts with set permissions was great.

What do you dislike?

The templating system was a complete mess. It was very difficult to understand, and it was not user friendly if you do not know HTML.

Recommendations to others considering the product

High quality installation is required

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It served as our main website. It was probably much more robust than we needed, and the software has improved since our initial install. There were some plugins that were able to be integrated.

ExpressionEngine review by Administrator in Information Technology and Services
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"Solid CMS"

What do you like best?

Easy to use once configured, lots of developer options for custom implementations

What do you dislike?

Sometimes confusing UI, need a developer for many plugins & customization (which is only kind of a drawback as it does allow powerful customization).

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Website administration, lead generation, online documentation, customer support. We've been able to enable chat through the website, develop thought leadership via blog and content, and generate demand/leads via product info.

ExpressionEngine review by User
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"Out of date, but fairly intuitive"

What do you like best?

I'm glad to have upgraded from this platform.

What do you dislike?

Short of publishing the page, the built-in pages are ill-conceived preview models. Too many tabs and hidden pages to see overall layout.

Recommendations to others considering the product

be prepared for many many (and hidden) tabs and user interface

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We build our public website using EE, but have recently transferred to Word Press for smoother integration.

ExpressionEngine review by Administrator in Religious Institutions
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"A great CMS if you don't want everyone getting crazy"

What do you like best?

I loved the fact that we can lock the editor down quite a bit.

What do you dislike?

It's very database heavy. We're a multi-site location and we can't create multiple websites on it without it getting bogged down.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's great for one website. It's not great for multiple websites.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are creating a new website. It has helped us because it's much easier to use.

ExpressionEngine review by Administrator in Primary/Secondary Education
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"Outdated."

What do you like best?

Templates are nice, the platform is somewhat intuitive.

What do you dislike?

The platform seems somewhat outdated in terms of plug ins and WYSIWYG editing. I have difficulty with code going array and just overall ease of use.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Website content management

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