Leslie Camacho - Foundations: ExpressionEngine 2.0
- codeigniter, community, ee2.0, expressionengine
- 10:01am on Monday 26th October, 2009
Leslie Camacho, the President of EllisLab, described the journey to EE 2.0.
- This week brings the cone of silence to an end, and sets the foundation for the next 5-6 years
- The original pMachine Pro site was built by Rick Ellis for Nancy Sinatra, and ran on PHP3
- The community that grew up around pMachine Pro was using it as a CMS, not as a blogging tool
- The EllisLab team all come from a freelance background; it’s very much a tool “by web developers, for web developers”
- ExpressionEngine has never been called a CMS internally; we call it a “web publishing platform”
- We underestimated the amount of work 2.0 would take; version 1.6.8 has 168,000+ lines of code and hundred of add-ons
- Some example sites running EE: Vodafone Mobile Clicks, SEED, A List Apart, BMI Music, Change.gov, Frieze magazine, Leiden University
- These aren’t websites, they are custom web applications. Our CMS needs to bridge with other solutions, tight integration is a necessity. EE is used as a framework
- Success for web developers means the ability to deliver custom web applications. The line between website and web application is disappearing
- Foundation > Features. EE 2.0’s foundation is that it is the best commercial CMS, proven in the market, and CodeIgniter is a highly-praised framework (Rasmus Lerdorf, inventor of PHP, says it is the best)
- So EE + CI = next generation web publishing
- EE 2.0 has over 50 new features, a new UI, image editing and a file manager
- EE 2.1 will return to the normal EllisLab development cycle, and will be a performance/stability/security release
- Pricing: $149 non-commercial license, $299 commercial license, $50 to upgrade from 1.6.3+, and a $99 freelancer license for up to 5-man web shops to use on their own sites
- Also introducing corporate licensing and support
- 1.6.8 will be available to download with every 2.0 license
- Via a video clip of CTO Derek Jones: 2.0 will have custom fieldtypes, an iPhone control panel, and be released on December the 1st 2009
- An exclusive look at EE 2.0 will start on EEInsider on Monday 26th October
Will modules in 2.0 just be able to make calls directly into the CodeIgniter API/modules?
(Derek Allard) Yes.
How much will Multiple Site Manager cost?
Haven’t yet decided for MSM. Corporate license will be expensive.