Why We Recommend ExpressionEngine for Your Business Website CMSAre you a business looking for a new website or at least a way to easily update your website? Then you’ve probably already run into discussions on the value of a content management system (CMS). Those that already understand the benefits of a CMS within their business website, often ask us if we use WordPress to create our sites.The answer is sometimes.
We use whatever tool we feel is best for the job. But most often, that is ExpressionEngine, and here’s why.
Professional, dedicated support
WordPress is free, open-source software. The non-existent price tag is one of the reasons it is so popular. But because it is free, that also means WordPress does not have paid support staff.
ExpressionEngine, on the other hand, has paid and dedicated support. If a problem with your business website comes up that we can’t answer, we can reach out directly to the source.
When talking to our developers about the differences between WordPress and ExpressionEngine, this was the term that kept coming up: flexibility.
However, this topic is difficult to understand without getting into much geek speak.
Basically, WordPress was originally built to be a
blogging platform. Even today, much of the way it works is built around the idea of publishing and sorting articles chronologically. Doing more than that requires extra coding.
Our clients need customization above and beyond what is readily available within WordPress. And while WordPress certainly can be customized to do these things, it takes us much longer (which translates to costing you more money.)
ExpressionEngine was built with web developers like us in mind. We can easily create custom channels, pages and templates (told you: geek speak) without having to “hack” the CMS.
Stability and security
ExpressionEngine has never had a major security breach. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for WordPress.
Both ExpressionEngine and WordPress are built on a stable
PHP codebase. But we have found that we have far fewer stability issues with our ExpressionEngine sites.
But can ExpressionEngine handle my site?
You don’t want to get stuck with a product that doesn’t work. So it’s natural to be concerned about having a CMS for your business website that you’ve probably never heard of.
To put your mind at ease, here is a small sample of websites that are using ExpressionEngine as of this writing:
- Democratic National Committee
- GE Healthcare Division
- University of Miami
- U.S. Department of State
- Alternative Press Magazine
- Motor Week Magazine
- Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI)
- Clif Bar
- Warner Bros. Australia
Of course, we recommend using the tool that’s best for the job. In some situations, that could be WordPress (or Drupal or Joomla or another CMS.) But for most custom business websites, we highly recommend using ExpressionEngine.
Want to see a demo of ExpressionEngine in action?
Contact us online and we’ll set it up!