1) I am helping to set up the web presence for a new medical university and am looking at Expression Engine as a possible solution. I am looking for a Multisite CMS with the user accounts being across the various sites, but have multiple tiers of access for individual sites.
For example: There may be a website for users and faculty to register for parking permits, websites controlled by a professor, and maybe a charity or events page (as they come up). Would it be possible for a staff member with a single account to be able to go to the parking site and register a vehicle (no admin), visit the university site (no admin), and be able to maintain a class website (admin with the ability to control visitor privileged and update content)?
2) Expression Engine notes that it has a much better template system. Coming from Wordpress where using php as custom code and other snipets can be a real bear this sound very nice, but I want to know exactly what to expect. Would I be able to use php/ajax/flash/whatever inside of the code base of a template or theme without interfering with or being hassled by the CMS system?
2.1) Is there much support for streaming video and audio? The university is planning to do a lot with streaming video of lectures and such and the easier that EE makes this, the better.
3) With the Multisite Manager it notes three free licenses and anything above that needs to be expanded with additional licenses. Would buying such a license permanently raise the number of website ‘slots’ that I have to four (or more depending on quantity bought), so that a site could be made, and then taken down with that slot being recycled for a new project, or would I have to buy a license for each new project regardless of how many previous licenses have been bought and are/are not being used? I hope that makes sense?