There’s more than a few different website Content Management Systems (CMS’s) to choose from. In our experience, clients prefer one CMS over another, often because they’ve heard it mentioned before, or see others using it, possibly for years.
In this piece, we’ll compare two CMS’s, Craft and ExpressionEngine, and show why Craft is almost always the better-suited choice.
For those, who have never heard of Craft, it’s a highly customizable solution for content-based websites. This software masterpiece was created by Pixel & Tonic, a company that had been building extensions for ExpressionEngine, a platform from which Craft was clearly inspired, for quite a long time before.
You should switch to the Craft if you want to:
About five years ago ExpressionEngine was one of the best solutions for managing website content, but things have changed rapidly since then, and there were few significant upgrades being made to the CMS. When Craft came around in 2013, most progressive companies and agencies started gradually shifting to this platform and started to use it as their primary CMS. Craft helps users build websites smarter and faster than with ExpressionEngine, and it’s much simpler to use for people with no technical background. Also, Craft’s developer community consists primarily of former ExpressionEngine converts, who are quite helpful when it comes to the transition from ExpressionEngine to Craft.
…build, not manipulate.
Templating tools make the biggest difference between CMS platforms. Unlike WordPress, which has lots of default HTML requiring manipulation of the API for any modifications, Craft has no HTML at all.
Another advantage of Craft is that it uses Twig as its template language. Being one of the most popular template languages for PHP, it helps with building neat and maintainable templates.
…. save money.
As we all know, if a website could be build in a shorter period of time, presumably it will cost less money. Normally, you have to pay for each developer’s billable hours. Therefore, if your website contains a host of complex features and a lot of programming effort to support it, you could be looking at a large bill. Since building a website based on Craft is much easier and quicker than one based on ExpressionEngine, you’ll pay less for your website development.
Speaking of pricing, Craft has two commercial plans available: Craft Client at $199 and Craft Pro at $299. On the Craft pricing page, you will find more detailed information what each plan offers. As for the ExpressionEngine CMS, its cost starts at $299.
“There was a time when the initial cost of ExpressionEngine was lower than Craft’s. Our clients knew it and naturally wanted to employ ExpressionEngine. But what they didn’t understand were the hidden development and maintenance pitfalls of ExpressionEngine.
While Craft and ExpressionEngine functions seem to be relatively equal and solve similar problems, it takes different levels of programming effort to set each up. Writing code for ExpressionEngine, developers would have to spend a huge amount of time fixing issues and finding relevant solutions for client needs. Using Craft, you’re able to build websites smarter, quicker and with better.
Today, when Craft provides better software and prices, I can’t think of any reason to use ExpressionEngine for content-based websites” – explains a Codesushi developer.
Feel free to share your thoughts on Craft and ExpressionEngine CMS products. Which one do you use for your website? Is there anything that you like or hate about them? And, of course, do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or need help