ExpressionEngine 2.1 is out!

15 Jul 2010

I've been so busy with working on a client's iPhone application (that is now submitted to Apple) that I totally missed the release of ExpressionEngine 2.1 a few days ago. This release marks the end of the public beta period and version 2.0.2pb01 that I am using to power this blog. The public beta was an interesting 7 month journey.

ExpressionEngine reaches 2.1

I really can't believe that it’s been over two years since Geert and I at Duoh! worked hard to get the first glimpse of ExpressionEngine 2 ready for a sneak preview at SXSWi. For the readers that didn't follow this journey, Duoh! helped the fine folks at Ellislab to redesign the control panel for this new version.

Is it ready?

The design and development journey of this blog has been a long one too. In that time I've used a few builds of the public beta with great satisfaction. Yes, there have been a few small bugs along the way, but nothing major that set me back or anything. This site isn't simple, so I can say with a hand on my heart that EE 2 is now in its final form, and ready for you to take it out for a spin. I've not looked at what changed exactly in this 2.1 version, and that is the reason why I didn't update the blog yet. Another reason is this statement by Leslie Camacho on the EE blog:

Important! If you are using Third Party Add-ons, make sure they are compatible with ExpressionEngine 2.1 before you update, otherwise your site may break.

Don't want to risk breaking the site as I am using a few of those. I'll need to check compatibility of the following:

  • Short 'n Tweet
  • Word Limiter
  • NSM Live Look

If you know if these 3 received updates already for EE 2.1, please let me know in the comments. Should be a pretty smooth update once I have the above covered. My strategy for client work will be that I will start using EE 2.1 for new projects, and existing ones will remain EE 1.6.9 until the client requires a very big update.

ExpressionEngine reaches 2.1 and Ellislab also updated the design of their web site.

New web site

In addition to the release of EE 2.1, Ellislab also updated the design of their web site. Everything is more streamlined, and they consolidated resources. The new community page is an effort to make sure that people new to EE get all the information that is available in our lively community. Looking around this page seems to confirm that this is a great starting point as everything is there to get you started. Nicely done! The site was a joint effort by Jesse, Simon, Jason, and Ryan.

New Forums

The new forum now has a clean slate, and everything is geared towards supporting the new EE 2. Support has always been a big plus in the EE community, and this restructuring will help make things less confusing. Still using 1.6.9? Don’t worry, the old forums are still online too but they’re just archived and read-only.

30-day, 100% Money Back Guarantee

Another important new addition is the new 30-day, 100% Money Back Guarantee! This way you can purchase ExpressionEngine to try in your own environment and simply return it within 30 days for a full refund if it doesn’t work out (Refund Policy).

Exciting times ahead, and I am looking forward to update the public beta to EE 2.1 on my blog. I'm sure this milestone marked a major sigh of relief at Ellislab. Many congratulations to Rick Ellis, Leslie Camacho, Derek Allard, Derek Jones, and all rest of this fantastic crew.

Comments

  1. 1 Recep Kütük 23 Jul 2010

    I really think they should keep some kind of free version. Personally I had so much fun with 1.6 core version and I sure will use EE 2 for my future projects. But that’s only because, I understood the logic and terminology with trial and error in the free version.

  2. 2 Marta Spendowska 28 Jul 2010

    Hello Veerle,

    I was just looking for your previous ( “old”;) article about EE. I am learning Drupal now, but something draws me to towards EE. I’ve worked with wordpress before a bit, but pHp is not my fav ( HTML + CSS is).
    Do you happen to have this old article somewhere?
    Maybe I need a little, gentle, elegant push towards EE. Would you say that EE wins over WP and Drupal?
    Also—I am assuming the payment is a single one ( not a yearly subscription, correct?). I asked them already, because it wasn’t clear to me.

    Please, answer.
    Sometime I buy flowers;)

    All the best,
    Marta

  3. 3 Veerle Pieters 28 Jul 2010

    @Marta Spendowska

    Hello Veerle,I was just looking for your previous ( “old”;) article about EE. I am learning Drupal now, but something draws me to towards EE. I’ve worked with wordpress before a bit, but pHp is not my fav ( HTML + CSS is). Do you happen to have this old article somewhere?

    All the old content of my old blog is still available. Here are the archives for ExpressionEngine.

    Maybe I need a little, gentle, elegant push towards EE. Would you say that EE wins over WP and Drupal? Also—I am assuming the payment is a single one ( not a yearly subscription, correct?). I asked them already, because it wasn’t clear to me. Please, answer. Sometime I buy flowers;) All the best.

    WP is fine if you just want to run a blog but if you want something more you’ll need to know PHP. Ok, there is a new update that makes it more powerful but it still isn’t on par with the flexibility of EE. For me it is important that I can create something (more) complicated (like this site) without having to resort to outside help because WP doesn’t do what I want out of the box. Drupal suffers from divitis, because it touches your code and it is too complicated for my simple designer brain. I give up when I have to search a long time to find out how it works or it frustrates me. ExpressionEngine 2 is released in a traditional software upgrade path. This means that some ExpressionEngine 2.x updates will be free and some will be paid upgrades. This gives you full control on deciding if an update is worth paying for or not. Have a look at this Sales FAQ.

  4. 4 Tasos 02 Aug 2010

    Hi veerle congratulations on your new design!
    Short ‘n Tweet seems to work fine with EE2.1 the only problem I had was with default short_url but this is working fine short_url=“is.gd”

  5. 5 Veerle Pieters 02 Aug 2010

    @Tasos

    Short ‘n Tweet seems to work fine with EE2.1 the only problem I had was with default short_url but this is working fine short_url=“is.gd”

    Yes same here, I can’t seem to get it working with short_url=“bit.ly” but short_url=“is.gd” has no problem. Tripled checked my authorization for the bit.ly api key and everything is correct but still no dice.

  6. 6 Marta Spendowska 02 Aug 2010

    I listened to you, I read what you wrote and I bought it!
    Two days of headache and frustration ( surprisingly I didn’t push my husband to his limits;))
    On the third day…there was an illumination— I got most obvious things and started from there. Asked a lot of questions and by the end of the 3rd day I was in love!

    You are right—it is so powerful even though I know I’m at the beginning of this {journey} ;)

    Your website is gorgeous — so are you, with your generous knowledge sharing.

    Thank you!

    Marta

  7. 7 Veerle Pieters 03 Aug 2010

    @Marta Spendowska

    I listened to you, I read what you wrote and I bought it!Two days of headache and frustration ( surprisingly I didn’t push my husband to his limits;)) On the third day…there was an illumination— I got most obvious things and started from there. Asked a lot of questions and by the end of the 3rd day I was in love!You are right—it is so powerful even though I know I’m at the beginning of this {journey} ;)

    EE has a learning curve but once you passed it you’ll have fun using it. If you want to learn to go a bit deeper I can highly recommend the screen casts by Ryan Irelan. I’ve used them and learned a lot. These movies are very detailed and will give you a better understanding of EE.

    Your website is gorgeous — so are you, with your generous knowledge sharing.Thank you!

    Thanks so much for the compliment. I’ll be sharing some EE knowledge when I write about my blog in more detail. Have fun with EE :)