[Pro] Expression Engine

Hi chaps, I see a promo for expression engine within the latest mail-out from Softpress. Can someone please tell me, in terms that a dummy might understand, what Expression Engine does and what benefits there are inusing it please ? Regards Roger


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ExpressionEngine is a content management system, used for online
magazines or blogs (or pretty much any situation where you have a site
that needs constant updates from one or more authors and editors).

The page content is saved in a database, authors and editors can
access it through a web control panel, add new content, update
existing content, etc.

The layout and other style information is held separately in templates
and style sheets, and assembled by the server when a visitor requests
a page.

Walter

On May 29, 2009, at 2:43 AM, Roger Burton wrote:

Hi chaps, I see a promo for expression engine within the latest mail-
out from Softpress. Can someone please tell me, in terms that a
dummy might understand, what Expression Engine does and what
benefits there are inusing it please ? Regards Roger


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Walter nailed it.

A content management system (CMS) separates the content from the design. This allows you to have a site where your client can update it without you having to input the updates for them, and minimizes the risk of them breaking your design.

If you look at the new (current) version of the Softpress site, it’s all driven by ExpressionEngine, but it looks like a regular site. All of the content is managed by EE, and it allows multiple people to manage the content of the site. They should be able to add whole sections of content without having to make changes in Freeway.

Another example of this is all of the EllisLab sites. They are the makers of EE and I believe all of their sites are powered by EE.

There are other examples linked from this page on my site.

http://t2studios.com/freeway/more.php?id=76_0_1_0_M


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Excellent, thanks both Walter and Joe, it certainly seems like something one of my clients might find useful but the cost will probably put them off, there are though some less sophisticated ways of doing the same thing I believe. Thanks for taking the time Roger


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Hopefully the $250 / domain license would be a minor rounding error on
your fee to design and implement the site.

In my experience, if you’re providing a custom CMS for your customer
and not charging equivalent to building a ~ 100-page site from scratch
in HTML then you are missing a few steps in your estimating.

It is easily that hard to come up with a design and implementation –
even when you end up with only a few unique templates – that will
handle all eventualities and will scale gracefully. You actually have
to do the design work that would go into doing all those pages by hand
before you can throw them out and replace them with a system that
builds those pages on the fly.

The effort you put into it now becomes work you don’t have to do later
to dig your client out of the hole they’ve made; so essentially you
are time-shifting your fee from drips and drops spread over months and
years to a large lump up front to build them a very nice engine (with
training wheels) that allows them to make their site as they go.

Walter

On May 30, 2009, at 1:37 AM, Roger Burton wrote:

Excellent, thanks both Walter and Joe, it certainly seems like
something one of my clients might find useful but the cost will
probably put them off, there are though some less sophisticated ways
of doing the same thing I believe. Thanks for taking the time Roger


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That’s a very good point Walter, I’ll certainly look into it further and outline the options to them, they’re accountants so I’m sure they’ll realise the benefits … yeah right !

Best Roger


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