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EllisLab, Inc.
Type Private
Industry Software & Programming
Founded Los Angeles, CA (2001)
Headquarters Bend, Oregon
Key people Rick Ellis, Founder
Derek Jones, CEO and Chief Maker
James Mathias, CCO
Products ExpressionEngine
Revenue Unknown
Website http://ellislab.com/

EllisLab is a software development company based in Bend, Oregon, which primarily develops applications written in PHP.[1]

The company is privately owned and to date has not accepted any venture capital funding.[citation needed]


Since the company's founding in January 2002, it has released four different applications to the public.

The first, pMachine Pro, is no longer developed, but was weblog software that had both a free and licensed version. pMachine's feature list was similar to other weblog software of the time, such as Movable Type, Geeklog, and LiveJournal.[2] Although pMachine is quite out of date at this point, the last version of pMachine Pro continues to be available free.

The company's flagship software product is ExpressionEngine, which is a general purpose content management system written in object-oriented PHP and using MySQL for data storage.

The third product, CodeIgniter, is an open source rapid application development framework with particular emphasis on a very small footprint.

The company launched a fourth product, MojoMotor, a lightweight alternative to ExpressionEngine in July 2010.[3]


ExpressionEngine is a modular content management system developed by EllisLab. The current version is 2.9.[4] Unlike similar content management systems, ExpressionEngine requires no advanced knowledge of a programming language, but adopts its own templating syntax.

ExpressionEngine is a commercial product, but has a free "core" version available for personal and non-profit websites, albeit with fewer features.[5] Although a license fee is required to use the full version of ExpressionEngine, it does not provide access to EllisLab's support plans which must be purchased separately.

Sites built with ExpressionEngine use a number of custom channels, usually each containing a number of different fields. Channels typically represent different types of information, so you might have a channel for single pages, blog posts, products, job vacancies, and so on. This flexibility, combined with its easy-to-learn templating language, has made ExpressionEngine a popular choice among web designers not skilled in server-side programming [and more].


Main article: CodeIgniter

In October of 2014 at the ExpressionEngine Conference in Virginia, EllisLab CEO Derek Jones announced that CodeIgniter had been transferred to the British Columbia Institute of Technology. The PHP framework is now maintained by the new entity and no longer an EllisLab product.

CodeIgniter is an open source web application framework for use in building dynamic web sites with PHP. "Its goal is to enable [developers] to develop projects much faster than writing code from scratch, by providing a rich set of libraries for commonly needed tasks, as well as a simple interface and logical structure to access these libraries."[6] The first public version of CodeIgniter was released on February 28, 2006, and the latest stable version 2.1.4 was released July 8, 2013.[7]

CodeIgniter is loosely based on the popular Model-View-Controller development pattern. While view and controller classes are a necessary part of development under CodeIgniter, models are optional.[8]

CodeIgniter is most often noted for its speed when compared to other PHP frameworks.[9][10][11] In a critical take on PHP frameworks in general, PHP creator Rasmus Lerdorf spoke at frOSCon in August 2008, noting that he liked CodeIgniter "because it is faster, lighter and the least like a framework."[12]

CodeIgniter's source code is maintained at GitHub,[13] and as of the preview version 3.0-dev, is certified open source software licensed with the Open Software License ("OSL") v. 3.0. Versions of CodeIgniter prior to 3.0 are licensed under a proprietary Apache/BSD-style open source license.[14]

The decision to switch to an OSL license sparked some community controversy,[15] especially about the GPL incompatibility of the new license, to which EllisLab has responded with a series of articles entitled Software License Awareness Week.[16]


MojoMotor is a content management system developed by EllisLab. The current version is 1.2.0. MojoMotor was made to create easy-to-edit, brochure-like sites that use almost entirely static pages. Like ExpressionEngine, it requires no knowledge of PHP and has extensive online documentation.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ellis, Rick. "EllisLab History". EllisLab, Inc. Retrieved 2007-05-21. 
  2. ^ Hacker, Scot (2003), "Put Weblogs to Work", Macworld: the Macintosh magazine 9 
  3. ^ "Introducing MojoMotor". MojoMotor.com. 2010-07-29. Retrieved 2011-11-02. 
  4. ^ https://store.ellislab.com/
  5. ^ Jones, Derek. "Core Is Back!". Ellis Lab. Retrieved 8 February 2013. 
  6. ^ "CodeIgniter User Guide : CodeIgniter At A Glance". Codeigniter.com. Retrieved 2009-07-24. 
  7. ^ "CodeIgniter User Guide: Change Log". Codeigniter.com. Retrieved 2012-07-18. 
  8. ^ "CodeIgniter User Guide: Models". CodeIgniter.com. Retrieved 2011-11-02. 
  9. ^ "CakePHP and CodeIgniter Benchmark". Sellersrank.com. 2006-12-08. Retrieved 2009-07-24. [dead link]
  10. ^ "PHP Frameworks Benchmarks". Sellersrank.com. Retrieved 2009-07-24. [dead link]
  11. ^ "Benchmark update: Cake vs. CodeIgniter vs. Kohana". Pr0digy.com. 2008-09-03. Retrieved 2009-07-24. 
  12. ^ "Rasmus Lerdorf: PHP Frameworks? Think Again". Sitepoint.com. 2008-08-29. Retrieved 2009-07-24. 
  13. ^ https://github.com/EllisLab/CodeIgniter
  14. ^ "CodeIgniter User Guide Version 2.0.3 : CodeIgniter License Agreement". CodeIgniter.com. Retrieved 2011-11-02. 
  15. ^ "CodeIgniter changes license to OSL 3.0?". CodeIgniter.com Forum. 2011-10-21. Retrieved 2011-11-02. 
  16. ^ "Software Awareness Week". EllisLab.com. 2011-10-31. Retrieved 2011-11-02. 


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