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paidContent Moves to WordPress

This one is personal to me because I worked on the project that first brought paidContent to ExpressionEngine. Today WordPress announced that paidContent re-launched on WordPress and their WordPress VIP service.

It’s definitely strange to see them move off of the ExpressionEngine platform after almost 6 years. I only worked on the initial launch and I know they had a lot of custom development work done in the years after.

So, why the move? paidContent is now part of the GigaOm network and GigaOm sites run WordPress and use the WordPress VIP hosting service. WordPress VIP is a service that host some big, big name blogs.

Posted on Apr 03, 2012 by Ryan Irelan

Filed Under: EE in the Wild

STC Technologies00:31 on 04.04.2012

WordPress is currently the most popular content management system in use on the internet.

Robson Sobral00:45 on 04.04.2012

I would love that there was a good way to know if a website is running on #eecms. A response header or something like this. Checking for cookies, as some Firefox extensions does, doesn’t always work.

We need to see great sites running on ee.

Brendon Carr04:20 on 04.04.2012

It’s not strange at all. Human beings—and especially organizations comprised of human beings—strongly prefer progress to stagnation. There is no way to deny, Ryan, that ExpressionEngine has become a stagnant platform. It’s very difficult to name more than two or three features of ExpressionEngine 2.0 that did not exist way back in 2004 when the 1.0 version was released.

WordPress is a kludgey product that continuously improves. ExpressionEngine is marvelous and elegant product cast in a block of amber. It was a wonder in 2004-2006, and the announcement of a forthcoming 2.0 version of that amazing product was electrifying news. Since then it’s been one disappointment after another. It’s kind of like being a friend of Dr. Gregory House.

Ryan Irelan11:05 on 04.04.2012

Brendon, I don’t think paidContent moved off of EE for any reason other than to bring it onto the platform that GigaOm uses.

I don’t have any info here other than just my own guesses. smile

th3mus1cman18:35 on 04.05.2012


I agree that the pace of EE development has been slow, but WP is still light years behind EE in terms of features for a true CMS.  Custom post types do not even come close to channels and channel fields.

Brendon Carr08:32 on 04.07.2012

We’ve had channels and channel fields since 2004.

th3mus1cman09:14 on 04.07.2012


The point being that it is bad to have good features for a long time.  Keep in mind there has been progress when it comes to channels and channel fields.  Did we have custom field types back in 2004? There are a lot of things that I would like to see improved in EE2, but I enjoy using what exists now and am optimistic about the recent changes at EllisLab.  Things were pretty bleak right around the time of EE2’s release, but I would say they are looking a lot better now.

Kirk Franklin20:48 on 04.11.2012

Look at the cool features EllisLab put into MojoMotor: a drag-and-drop interface (like Structure) for managing pages, edit-this-page, built-in WYSIWYG editor. All features that should have been added to ExpressionEngine. You can upgrade from MojoMotor to ExpressionEngine, but then you lose all of those features and to get them back you need to pay for add-ons and do custom template coding.

WordPress’ one-click update is a lot easier than updating EE.

Robson Sobral12:25 on 04.12.2012

This is a good point. Since MojoMotor is for smaller sites it really needs these features, but needs to have these features on second line product and doesn’t on the first one is a completely strange strategy.