With the transition to 2.0 comes a change in the licensing and price of ExpressionEngine. We here at EE Insider have written this guide to help you understand the different levels of pricing and what’s entailed with each.
In ExpressionEngine 1.6.8 the following licenses are available:
- Commercial ($249)
- Personal ($99)
- Free (Free, silly person)
The conditions for each were the following:
A commercial license was to be purchased for any commercial or for-profit activity. This included running your small web business or development agency. If you purchased an ExpressionEngine commercial license you were entitled to one year accessing it in the downloads area of the ExpressionEngine website. You could purchase a renewal to receive updates for $39.95 each year.
A personal license for $99, was available for engaging in non-commercial, or non-profit use. For $19.99/year you could get access to the downloads area and receive product updates. This license was not to be used in a for-profit environment (e.g. selling services, products). However, the license is great for education, non-profit and government clients. You could upgrade this license at any time to a commercial license. The personal license had access to all the tools available with a commercial license. A good gauge of this is EllisLab’s own knowledge base article on the subject.
Finally, there was the free core version. There were several modules not available in this license. It was free, but you couldn’t use it to sell your services or in commercial applications. You could use it for not-for-profit, government and educational work.
The New Deal
In ExpressionEngine 2.0 the following licenses are available:
- Commercial ($299)
- Non-Commercial ($149)
- Freelance ($99)
The conditions for each are the following:
The only thing that has changed with the commercial license is the price. Leslie Camacho, president of EllisLab, addresses the price increase in our interview with him.
The non-commercial license has both a price increase and a name change. The name change is a matter of clarification. The “personal” license was a bit ambiguous and this hopes to more explicitly declare what the license should be used for: non-commercial use. Again, this means not-for-profit, education and government work. You can’t use it for a commercial client website, nor to sell services. There is, however, one big ball of happiness in the next license…
With 2.0, EllisLab has added a freelance license. This retails for $99 and is for encouraging developers and designers to not only build their site at a lower cost, but to learn how to use EE and market that service to clients. It is for your own site, where you can sell your services as a web professional. This cheaper and welcome change will hopefully open up ExpressionEngine to new developers and freelancers. This is only for web professionals.
If you purchased an EE license the past year (version 1.6.3+), the upgrade cost is $50. This covers your upgrade from, for example, a personal EE 2.0 license to a non-commercial license or a 1.6.8 commercial license to a 2.0 commercial license. If you want to upgrade from a 1.6.8 personal license to a 2.0 commercial license, there is an additional fee.
If you purchased a version of EE earlier then 1.6.3, the upgrade fee will be more than $50. The price has not been set yet by the ‘Lab.
More coming… later
In the future, EllisLab will be making announcements in regards to other types of licensing for other potential uses and client-types of ExpressionEngine. As for now, this should cover most of ExpressionEngine’s common usage. As far as the core version is concerned, EllisLab has yet to make any announcements on whether it will be available or not. Leslie, again, talks about this in our interview with him.
We also hear rumors *cough* that download accounts are going away in favor of a more traditional upgrade model. In regards to these future announcements, please keep your eyes tuned to the ExpressionEngine Blog and us here at EE Insider for the latest information.