ModX is a content management system (CMS) based on PHP, where it’s purpose is to help the owners and operators of a website organize and manage content in the most efficient manner possible. You can add a new page or update an existing simply on the website, and without the need of geek intervention. ModX is similar to other CMS tools such as WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal. But where ModX stands apart is in its modular architecture that is built for collaboration, for graphical designers and programmers to work together on larger and more complicated projects.
In software design geek speak, the particular software design pattern used is MVC, for a clear separation of the back end data (MODEL), from the front end user interface (VIEW), from the application logic in the middle layer (CONTROL).
In contrast, with WordPress, though sites look pretty, it’s only superficial, because underneath, because code and design elements are not clearly separated, and makes it difficult for collaboration.
Here’s an article that goes into more differences between ModX and WordPress.
Here are some video tutorials that explains ModX:
part 2 – overview of ModX
part 3 – installing ModX
part 4 – creating templates I
part 5 – creating templates II
part 6 – enabling SEO friendly URLs
So the big question for MacPCX… Do we jump into the pool and redesign our website to use ModX?
Readers… Look forward to another article that discusses the pros and cons of changing technology, that will provide a decision making framework to help owners and managers make the right decision for technology decisions.