I’ve been developing / installing and maintaining ExpressionEngine since late 2011.
It was the first CMS where I felt I had the power to really control the admin side of content management. It felt premium and powerful in the hands of this front-end guy.
Once I got my head around the very different data paradigm (fields can be separate from groups of content which are separate from URLs) I realised the opportunities I had to control the content.
The opportunity to make objects out of pieces of content was a breakthrough - and something I did not encounter when using Wordpress or other systems. Wordpress has the Advanced Custom Fields which is helpful, and CraftCMS takes it all one step further, but ExpressionEngine was my first foray into this idea.
I could single-handedly make things happen, solve complex relationships between pieces of content (well I thought they were complex) and just deliver a good result.
I still use and maintain ExpressionEngine sites, there’s still a developer base and support along with plenty of proven plugins and extensions. While I may prefer CraftCMS for the next project, ExpressionEngine can still get it done.
I've been a freelance interface designer, UX / UI guy and front-end developer for over 16 years, and a full-time freelancer since 2006. Contact me if you're looking for a help with your project, or your freelance setup.