Optimise your ExpressionEngine site

ExpressionEngine is widely considered to be one of the most designer-friendly content management systems in use today. Part of the system's appeal is due to it not interfering with your HTML or CSS since it does not require dynamic code (such as the infamous WordPress Loop) to be present on a page. Entire sites can be built using a simple template and group model, or it can be used to display highly dynamic content based on one or more templates: it's your choice.

Having just recently completed and stabilised a tricky update to version 2.0, parent company EllisLab now has its sights set firmly on the future with a revised development pipeline and a new designer on board to optimise the user experience for its flagship CMS.

Many web designers praise the ease of use of the system, and thanks to some excellent documentation, those with limited technical knowledge can deploy sites on ExpressionEngine with relative ease.

Although ExpressionEngine runs very well straight out of the box, you may not be familiar with how to streamline your ExpressionEngine installation, and get every drop of performance out of it. I want to share some practical tips that you can perform on all of your ExpressionEngine sites.

This article refers to the latest stable release of ExpressionEngine at the time of writing: ExpressionEngine 2.2.1, build 20110705.

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