<![CDATA[ Why MODx is my CMS of choice... - MODX Community Forums]]> https://forums.modx.com/thread/?thread=776 <![CDATA[Re: Why MODx is my CMS of choice...]]> https://forums.modx.com/thread/776/why-modx-is-my-cms-of-choice#dis-post-6297
Learning it to users is a snap.

And the community is there to help, hats of to anyone.

Of all the CMSes, I also sticked to Drupal, and I have two clients , one with ModX, the other with Drupal. I find the drupal one really a dog to design for. You really have to dive in very deep to get where you want.

So I am very excited about the future of ModX. It will be very bright I recon smiley]]>
Paintbox Aug 08, 2007, 05:31 AM https://forums.modx.com/thread/776/why-modx-is-my-cms-of-choice#dis-post-6297
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Great Job dev team.

Absolutely fantastic!]]>
BBloke Jul 13, 2007, 02:29 PM https://forums.modx.com/thread/776/why-modx-is-my-cms-of-choice#dis-post-6296
<![CDATA[Re: Why MODx is my CMS of choice...]]> https://forums.modx.com/thread/776/why-modx-is-my-cms-of-choice#dis-post-6295 And I can do this with ease in MODx

hats off to the dev team for the awesome work they’ve done!]]>
7twelve Jul 12, 2007, 05:55 PM https://forums.modx.com/thread/776/why-modx-is-my-cms-of-choice#dis-post-6295
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When I first started developing websites I progressively developed a code framework for my sites and still use it in the development process but once I came into using MODx I have abandoned semi-dynamic php based sites to the slick fully dynamic and extensible framework that is MODx. Even for the smallest of sites, whether my clients use a CMS or not, I build it in MODx just so I can take advantage of the speed of development and the ability to add or change the site structure without the issues of directory creep, renaming files, heavy doses of redirects and the like. I simply build the site in MODx and grow from there.

My development is based almost exclusively around MODx (I still use WordPress for blog only sites as it is faster to set up and there are specific plugins that can be tacked on quickly). if a developer wants to work with my company I require that they start working with MODx immediately as that’s what they will be using. To no surprise one of the devs I hope to work with has adopted MODx for his own site only couple of months after trying it out.

It is a project like no other and as time goes on and the framework gets stronger and stronger it will eventually shine as one of the best CMSs and only true CMF.

smashingred Jun 29, 2007, 10:33 AM https://forums.modx.com/thread/776/why-modx-is-my-cms-of-choice#dis-post-6294
<![CDATA[Re: Why MODx is my CMS of choice...]]> https://forums.modx.com/thread/776/why-modx-is-my-cms-of-choice#dis-post-6293 Quote from: lukwe at Jun 29, 2007, 09:10 AM

Now we’re stuck in Plone with an external company ’taking care of it’ !

I feel your pain!

First of all I’m pretty bitter over a three year period when I was forced to use Zope/Plone, when we were telling our management that it would take the project into the toilet. This was when both Zope and Plone were still in infancy though, so mabye it’s better now, but that project did end up getting flushed.

I also worked on a project that we outsourced to some guys in Chicago (I’m in Nebraska so these were some hot shots, or so our management thought). These guys were retards. We had to teach them how to use source control (svn), and they complained about it the whole time. I left before that project got flushed. tongue

jamesehly Jun 29, 2007, 09:29 AM https://forums.modx.com/thread/776/why-modx-is-my-cms-of-choice#dis-post-6293
<![CDATA[Re: Why MODx is my CMS of choice...]]> https://forums.modx.com/thread/776/why-modx-is-my-cms-of-choice#dis-post-6292 lukwe Jun 29, 2007, 04:10 AM https://forums.modx.com/thread/776/why-modx-is-my-cms-of-choice#dis-post-6292 <![CDATA[Re: Why MODx is my CMS of choice...]]> https://forums.modx.com/thread/776/why-modx-is-my-cms-of-choice#dis-post-6291
One the snippet installer, Scotty Delicious created a package installer here: http://modxcms.com/MODx-Resource-Wizard-1121.html. Of course it only works with packages made for it. But it was nice when I checked it out 5-6 months ago.

chucktrukk Jun 29, 2007, 01:47 AM https://forums.modx.com/thread/776/why-modx-is-my-cms-of-choice#dis-post-6291
<![CDATA[Re: Why MODx is my CMS of choice...]]> https://forums.modx.com/thread/776/why-modx-is-my-cms-of-choice#dis-post-6290 ]]> rethrash Jun 28, 2007, 09:42 AM https://forums.modx.com/thread/776/why-modx-is-my-cms-of-choice#dis-post-6290 <![CDATA[Re: Why MODx is my CMS of choice...]]> https://forums.modx.com/thread/776/why-modx-is-my-cms-of-choice#dis-post-6289

olafmol Jun 28, 2007, 01:56 AM https://forums.modx.com/thread/776/why-modx-is-my-cms-of-choice#dis-post-6289
<![CDATA[Why MODx is my CMS of choice...]]> https://forums.modx.com/thread/776/why-modx-is-my-cms-of-choice#dis-post-6288
CMSs I’ve used to build websites

  • WordPress
  • Nucleus
  • Joomla (and Mambo)
  • Xaraya
  • PHPWebSite

CMSs I’ve installed and deemed worthless

  • Drupal
  • Xoops
  • PHP-Nuke
  • Exponent
  • b2evolution
  • eZ Publish
  • Typo3

While I won’t go into the detailed reasons for deeming all of those CMSs I tried as worthless, the main 2 reasons for not going any further with them are:

  • 1. I didn’t instantly understand how to use it.
  • 2. I could tell that it wouldn’t speed up my website development process.

Basically, my idea of a CMS is that it should benefit both client and developer. If I can’t instantly understand how to use the thing, how is my client ever going to understand how to use it without some major training? As for benefiting me as a developer, if a CMS slows me down, then how can I justify using it? How do CMSs slow developers down? Complex module coding that requires you to learn a tome of API commands, complex systems that turn creating a simple web page into multi step task, complex template systems, code that is badly written, etc, etc, etc. These two simple points are what I judge a CMS on first. If it qualifies for both of these, then I know I can at least use it for something.

MODx has these, and so much more...

I know MODx is easy to use from my experience training people on it. I can usually train my clients in about 2 hours to use it to login, edit, create, and delete pages, add images, add links, add files, manage users, and use any other special snippets (like a gallery). I often hear comments like, "Oh, this is easy! I can do this!", or "Wow, this is so much better than [old CMS name here]!". Note that these are low tech users, usually the most tech savy of their group, who have been appointed to be the web master. I’ve trained assistants, accountants, managers, both young and old, and have never had a bad experience. People are very impressed with the simplicity of the system, and they like how similar it is to other programs like Microsoft Word and Windows.

MODx is the first CMS I’ve ever used that has actually sped up website development. I think that the main reason for this is how accessible the well written core code is, and how easy it is to write your own code into the system. I can interact with the CMS through snippets or modules - both of which are straightforward php. There are less than 100 API commands to learn, and that really helps.

Some other ways that MODx speeds up development are:

  • Installation: it’s a snap
  • Great set of pre-made snippets: search, menus, galleries, user registration, etc that are highly customizable
  • Code Duplication: I can write my own snippets, and install them on other MODx sites. Or, once I’ve set up a snippet how I like it, I can copy that to a new site (basically, one time setup for most tasks)
  • SEO: They’ve done a good job at delivering a CMS out of the box that offers some good SEO functions (so I don’t have to hack it for Google)
  • Content Editing: same as for a non web developer, since it is easy for them, it is easy for me to add and edit content too

There are many other ways that MODx speeds up development for me, but one personal reason that stands out is that it feels like I’ve written a lot of the core code and snippet code myself. When I look at the menu code for instance, I wrote something very similar for a custom cms. Much of the rest of the code feels this way to me, and I think it is because it is clean and well written. I just feel at home with the code, and its a CMS that is written the way I’d want to write one if I had the time (where do the developers get the time to write all this??). The developers have done a great job coding this so that others who know PHP can instantly recognize what it does smiley

So what’s the catch?

For me, there is no catch to MODx. All of the pros outweigh the cons so much that I’m not looking for another CMS. MODx is it for me. The program is great, the community is great, and my clients think it’s great.

Just so I don’t sound so in love with it, here are a few cons I see:

  • I really wish that the Ditto snippet would install and be just like WordPress and have comments, archives, categories, etc automagically all set up
  • There needs to be a fully developed ecommerce snippet/module
  • It would be great to have a one-click way to install snippets/modules from the manager
  • A great calendar snippet would be good
  • A way to version pages would be awesome

Honestly, I don’t think that there is anything on the cons list that is not currently in development, so time will tell if these things get fixed/added to MODx. My bet is that they will.

If you love it so much, why don’t you marry it?

Well, I already am married, so I don’t think it would work out. What I would like to do though is thank all of the developers who made this - and I mean anyone who wrote core code, snippets, chunks, templates, everything. You are what make this CMS so great, and the community awesome. Thanks again!

Do you have a reason why you think MODx is better than any other CMS around? I’d like to know what that is...]]>
jamesehly Jun 28, 2007, 01:24 AM https://forums.modx.com/thread/776/why-modx-is-my-cms-of-choice#dis-post-6288