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EllisLab, Inc.
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
Slogan Where Ideas Hatch!
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to other weblog software of the time, such as Movable Type, Geeklog, and LiveJournal.[2] Although pMachine is quite out of date at this point, the last version of pMachine Pro continues to be available free.


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

ExpressionEngine is a commercial product, but has a free "core" version available for personal and non-profit websites, albeit with fewer features.[3] 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].[who?]


Main article: CodeIgniter

CodeIgniter is an open source web application framework for use in building dynamic web sites with PHP with particular emphasis on a very small footprint. CodeIgniter is loosely based on the popular Model-View-Controller development pattern.

The first public version of CodeIgniter was released on February 28, 2006. 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.


MojoMotor is a lightweight alternative to ExpressionEngine released in July 2010,[4] developed by EllisLab. 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. ^ Jones, Derek. "Core Is Back!". Ellis Lab. Retrieved 8 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "Introducing MojoMotor". MojoMotor.com. 2010-07-29. Retrieved 2011-11-02. 


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