Blogging became very popular in the last 5-6 years. So was there a need for a Weblog CMS. Yes, the answer is Expression Engine. Thanks to EllisLab for making such a fantastic CMS with powerful features. Expression Engine is a Content Management System which is flexible and feature rich. With powerful features like the SQL Manager, etc it becomes the best weblog publishing system. Expression Engine (EE) is developed using PHP and MySql. The latest version of EE is developed in Code Igniter which is again an Open Source framework for Web developers and developed by the same team EllisLab.
Something for the beginners, a Weblog or a Blog can be called as your personal account/story published on the internet. Ok, let’s not drift from the main topic. First and foremost Expression Engine is not FREE. You have to buy the license. But don’t get disappointed because thousands of people who have EE licenses don’t feel sorry to have paid for the service. They think it’s the right thing they have. Let’s see why.
We come to most important part of EE which is the WEBLOG module. This forms the core part of EE for publishing content. Using this module we can create weblogs. There is no limit on how many weblogs you have created. Once a weblog is created we can start adding posts to it. Adding the weblog modules code in template lets us display our posts in the site front-end.
Add/edit the form fields for every weblog. Different form fields group can be created for different weblogs. The best part is that when creating fields you can also write the “help text” for the field. It will look something like below:
Please enter the name in BOLD letters.
In the above example “Name” is the field label and the help text is below it.
Same goes for categories. Content can be added in different categories. Category Groups can be created.
Some more feature of EE:
For the Developers:
Now that we have seen some features of EE we will look into the development side. Modules and plug-ins can be developed in EE. There is in-depth documentation on this on the EE site as well as the Wiki version of EE. A module can be installed or deleted from the “Modules” page in the EE admin. Files for the modules are kept inside the “system_folder_name/modules/module_name” folder.
Plug-in is also called an Extension. We too have an Extension Manager for managing the plug-ins.
What’s our say on EE?
EE is a well structured Weblog CMS with strong backend features and powerful modules. It lets you create custom modules and plugins to build great websites.
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