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Quick Review of ExpressionEngine 2.0

Quick review of the new ExpressionEngine 2.0

So i’ve been waiting for EE 2.0 for about a year and 2 months. Well it came out today, a day late. I purchased it right away, and installed it. After dealing with some silly errors i thought i had it up and running and that everything that had [...]

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Quick review of the new ExpressionEngine 2.0

So i’ve been waiting for EE 2.0 for about a year and 2 months. Well it came out today, a day late. I purchased it right away, and installed it. After dealing with some silly errors i thought i had it up and running and that everything that had to do with errors was over… it wasn’t. Since this is a design blog i’m going to quickly talk about the design of the Admin area.

Veerle Pieters was the designer, i highly respect her and her work. Yet she was unable to manage to create really useful beautiful interface. Notice the main tabs

expressionengine 2.0 tabs

I’m sorry but this is not the work of a world class designer. First of all they are NOT pretty, and also on hover their font becomes RED and unreadable. Nice one! Then we get into the ridiculous size of elements that are of almost no importance. Also I am sure that a good designer will say things like “Perfection is in the details” well if that was true she wouldn’t have did such a poor job on so many. Here is a fun snapshot of an amazing feature that is being ruined by her color choices (which by the way are completely ridiculous)

button color

Really, i mean really… that to me is completely unreadable. I get it, red means important and notice of error. But don’t make a red button have red text!
I truly see no reason to go over every single detail of the poor final execution of this product.

With all that in mind I will say that error handling is awful, i understand now it is based on codeigniter and that probably meant having to do a lot of work to handle errors. But currently i can actually see error messages in my website… i’ve never seen any like those in 1.x.

errors

So even though I paid the 50 dollars, i don’t regret it. Thanks to EllisLab we still have access to the 1.x builds. Give this app a few more months, and then we can talk again.

edit I have to agree with the comments sometimes the client seems to make a lot of changes that the designer didn’t intend for. But i hoped in my post that you understood i am not personally attacking Veerle… i still think she is one of the best.

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