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A Developer's Look at ExpressionEngine 2 - Page 2

by: W. Jason Gilmore
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July 30, 2010

Accessories

Accessories represent a new type of ExpressionEngine add-on, offering a convenient way to present custom information to control panel users. For instance, your marketing department might desire an easy way to view a certain set of traffic-related statistics. By encapsulating this information within an Accessory Add-On, you can not only aggregate and format this information to suit marketing's express needs, but also make it readily available to them via the control panel. Further, you're not limited to presenting ExpressionEngine-specific information; you can create Accessories capable of pulling information from any third-party source, such as Google Analytics.
See the ExpressionEngine user guide for more information about this convenient new feature.

Pricing and Trial Version

One of the biggest surprises about ExpressionEngine 2 is EllisLab's decision to no longer offer a trial version, instead moving to a model that provides a "100% money-back guarantee" within 30 days of purchase. The rationale behind this move isn't readily apparent, although one would presume it is intended to combat piracy. However, it will almost certainly reduce the appeal of giving the new product a test drive.
Regardless, the ExpressionEngine pricing structure remains quite low for what you receive in return, given the commercial version's $299.95 price tag and a $149.95 arrangement for non-commercial purposes. A "Freelancer License" is available for a mere $99.95 for individuals and businesses with three employees or fewer (in addition to other restrictions discussed on the website). Further, 1.X users with active download accounts can upgrade to version 2 for a just $50.

Conclusion

The features discussed in this article are just a few of the literally hundreds of new features made available with the ExpressionEngine 2 release. Whether you're an experienced 1.X user who hasn't yet taken the time to investigate the new version, a CodeIgniter guru looking to capitalize on your abilities within the Web publishing market, or a PHP developer interested in using truly best-of-breed technologies created with your favorite language, ExpressionEngine is well worth a look.

About the Author

Jason Gilmore is the founder of WJGilmore.com and the author of several popular books, including "Easy PHP Websites with the Zend Framework", "Easy PayPal with PHP", and "Beginning PHP and MySQL, Third Edition".

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