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ExpressionEngine 2.0 preview

Matthew Pennell

March 9, 2008 at 3:00 PM

Big news from EllisLab today at SXSW, where they are demonstrating the upcoming ExpressionEngine 2.0. Derek Allard announced that EE will be powered by CodeIgniter, their open-source PHP framework. This is a big deal, immediately expanding the community base of both systems and ‘promoting’ CI developers to instant ExpressionEngine experts, as well as giving CodeIgniter a bunch of very powerful libraries that were only previously available in EE.

They also revealed the new look for the EE admin panel, designed by Veerle Pieters – the UI has been completely re-imagined; as well as reducing the number of multi-nested menus, it also seems to be much more customizable to allow you to add custom content to the back-end for your clients. There’s a lot of (jQuery-powered) scripting and Ajax trickery going on too, allowing ever more granular levels of customization.



March 8, 2008 at 4:40 PM

Wow! The admin panel looks cool! I’ll give it a try ;)

Derek Allard

March 8, 2008 at 10:59 PM

Thanks. We’ve worked our asses off here. I’m very proud of our affirmed support of CodeIgniter, and of open source. EE2 represents a monumental movement by EllisLab to advance this.


Devin Boyle

March 10, 2008 at 12:45 AM

Ohh, green and orange, reminds me of Florida. My boss Lisa Sabin is at SXSW. I know she made this a priority.

Nice job! I look forward to the remodel.


March 28, 2008 at 8:54 AM

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