SXSWi2008, Day 2: ExpressionEngine 2.0 Sneak Peek

Session by Ellis Lab, makers of ExpressionEngine, a CMS we’re using for our new Digital Branch.

Note to David – there’s an Ellis Labs party – t-shirts!

Goal – you should have control of the code and the design – design shouldn’t have to work around the CMS

They have paid support staff

They claim it’s becoming very popular for developers (of course they’d say that!)

Big News from the coder dude:

  • 2.0 is powered by CodeIgniter – an open source PHP framework
  • lots of coding libraries – jQuery, Javascript libraries

Control Panel redesign:

  • more user-friendly – Create, Modify, View labels
  • learning EE tab at bottom – place to put tutorial videos, etc
  • site stats link/tab

Create New Entry page

  • easy to move fields around
  • dynamic sorting
  • custom create new labels
  • A “write mode” – just the body text area pops up, hiding all other fields – nice
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