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|Industry||Software & Programming|
|Founded||Los Angeles, CA (2001)|
|Rick Ellis, Founder
Derek Jones, CEO and Chief Maker
James Mathias, CCO
|Slogan||Where Ideas Hatch!|
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. Though pMachine is out of date, the last version of pMachine Pro remains available.
ExpressionEngine is a commercial product, but has a free "core" version available for personal and non-profit websites, albeit with fewer features. 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?]
CodeIgniter is an open-source software web framework for building dynamic web sites with PHP, with particular emphasis on a small footprint. CodeIgniter is loosely based on the popular model–view–controller (MVC) development pattern.
EllisLab released the first public version of CodeIgniter on February 28, 2006. In October of 2014, at the ExpressionEngine Conference in Virginia, EllisLab CEO Derek Jones announced that the company had transferred CodeIgniter to the British Columbia Institute of Technology. The new entity now maintains the PHP framework, which is no longer an EllisLab product.
MojoMotor is a lightweight alternative to ExpressionEngine released in July 2010, 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.
- David Upton, CodeIgniter for Rapid PHP Application Development, Packt, 2007, ISBN 1-84719-174-6
- Michael Boyink, Building an ExpressionEngine 2 Site : Small Business, CreateSpace, 2012, ISBN 978-1-4537-9423-4
- Leonard Murphy, Building Websites with ExpressionEngine 1.6, Packt, 2008, ISBN 978-1-84719-379-7
- Thomas Myer, Professional CodeIgniter, Wrox, 2008, ISBN 978-0-470-28245-8