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EllisLab, Inc.
IndustrySoftware & Programming
FoundedLos Angeles (2001)
HeadquartersBend, Oregon
Key people
Rick Ellis, Founder and CFO
Derek Jones, CEO
James Mathias, CCO

EllisLab is a software development company based in Bend, Oregon.[1]

The company is privately owned and to date has not received 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 a licensed version. pMachine's feature list was similar to other weblog software of the time, such as Movable Type, Geeklog, and LiveJournal.[2] Though pMachine is out of date, the last version of pMachine Pro remains available.


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?]


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 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 (discontinued)[edit]

MojoMotor was 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. MojoMotor was retired in November 2015[5] and no longer receives updates or technical support.

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. Archived from the original on 2012-01-12. Retrieved 2011-11-02.
  5. ^ "MojoMotor". EllisLab.com. 2015-11-04. Retrieved 2016-11-08.


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