I checked the Expression Engine forum today because:
I was so happy to get the court order allowing me to reopen CreditSuit, but it is NO pleasure blogging there on the Expression Engine platform.
The window for new entries is so incredibly small, NO WYSIWYG, NO auto-save, I have to go to a NEW page to select categories, then to ANOTHER page to publish ...
Then there's the comment SPAM.
I currently have 49 comments that are not approved because they're related to litigation, morons in general, whatever.
I got so spoiled using the self-hosted WordPress for most of my blogs for at least the last half year, probably longer. I can simply move comments to a SPAM folder where I can easily access them if needed.
ONE page publishing ROCKS!
Unfortunately, they CHANGED the perfect layout in release 2.7 and I was very unhappy, but I am slowly getting used to it as I'm using 2.7 for the [CENSORED] litigation blog.
It is STILL 1-page publishing, but they changed the layout and since I'm using a notebook with a small LCD, I have to scroll down for some admin tasks. Still, it's nice to have EVERYTHING on one page, including the ability to create new categories.
I don't understand WHAT EE is for, but it was sold to ME in 2004 as THE software that would kick Movable Type's ass.
In case you don't know what MT is, it's the WordPress competition and SUCKS. I don't understand why the self-hosted WordPress is free. It is far superior to every other blogging software or service I tested.
At some point (I don't know when, but AFTER I bought 2 EE licenses), Expression Engine management changed its mind about being THE blogging software and it decided that ease of use and functionality were no longer important and it's now software for DEVELOPERS.
Of course they didn't bother to announce this to suckers like me, nor did they offer to buy back their licenses.
149 views, nobody showed any interest.
So I had 2 good reasons to check to see what's up with the EE 2.0 release promised for summer 2008 (not a typo, LAST year).
At the official ExpressionEngine forum I was surprised by the ABSENCE of the topic for announcements of new releases that USED to be at the top.
I looked all over and finally searched for "2.0 release" to find this thread:
Your last posts weren’t deleted because of your point of view.
I’m sorry that our product isn’t a great fit for your needs, but we also don’t claim that ExpressionEngine is always the best choice for every site or every individual. If a selfhosted WordPress site can handle your needs and is more pleasurable for you to use, I encourage you to go ahead and make the move. It’s a good product for that niche, and not one that ExpressionEngine particularly targets.
That's it. Administrator Jones had not ONE word to say about release 2.0.
Sometimes it's more important what people do NOT say than what they post.
Not only can WordPress handle my needs, but it is FAR superior to ExpressionEngine.
I find it truly bizarre that Administrator Jones graciously encourages me to switch platforms. It's like selling high end wine, delivering beer and when someone complains, showing them the way to Trader Joe's to get what they already paid good money for. What an insult!
It looks to me like EE is not going to be around much longer.
Even during times when the economy is doing great I've seen my share of software companies go bust.
You have to consider that the cost of the EE LICENSE is negligible compared to the many thousands of dollars you need to spend on developers.
Trust me, after 5 years of using EE, I know. I've never had anyone offer FREE help and when I posted a job, I got quotes of several thousand dollars just to get a bit of new look and update the site.
CreditSuit.org has looked the same since I started with EE in 2004. A very basic blog and that's it.
I paid one guy $300 and it was money out the window.
I got totally screwed. He even broke the site as he upgraded it and I had to fix it myself.
The most important clue that EE is on its way out of business is that nobody wants to buy my license.
If there WERE people with needs for EE software, why isn't anyone making an offer?
It's not like buying a used car with dents and a worn out engine, you get the LATEST BRAND NEW CODE!
I found EE Administrator Jones' posting very irritating.
He lied about why they previously deleted my posts and he didn't address the issues.
I understand that the other EE forum members HAVE to support EE and suck up in its defense.
They invested in licenses and many grueling hours of learning EE and they need to defend a sucky product because they NEED the support. Most are probably struggling to get by like most people.
So I'm going to list the license at Craigs list and whatever other places I can find (I welcome suggestions) and who knows, maybe there's ONE person who still finds Expression Engine useful.
If I start a new blog for CreditSuit, can't I just move all the posts to the free EE core version to archive the blog and sell that license too?
I guess I'll worry about it once I sold ONE license. Somehow I doubt it'll happen.
And in case you're wondering, THIS is Drupal.
HARD to learn, but it's free and even with my limited NON developer capabilities I eventually got the blogs, forum, WYSIWYG editing, FAQ module, Job module, recent entries, recent comments and a few other things working.
The site is quite functional, although there is a LOT more I'd like to do. It was very frustrating dealing with all the modules and currently I'm quite happy that everything is functional and I'm busy dealing with litigation and other work and stuff like "this."