MODx, Friendly or what?

I have a project it mind that will require a website, while I’m a big fan of Joomla I thought maybe I should use something different and looked at Drupal when someone on twitter (or one of the microblogging sites) suggested I look at MODx.

Now I’d not heard of MODx and seeing as I’m always open to new ideas thought I would take a look. I have to say it looks very good, professional and feels solid. I installed it on a Web Server I have access to which unfortunately is Windows based but that shouldn’t be a problem.

Everything went pretty smoothly and I logged into the Admin area to have a mooch around, this was when I realised that it was nothing like the Joomla I had come to know and love, now I might not use the correct technical terms here so you’ll have to forgive me, it soon dawned on me that I would need fairly advanced coding skills to get MODx to work there does not appear to be any simple “Click here to move/modify the menu” or an idiots way to move anything around. Now I’m not saying that’s a bad thing its probably the right way to do websites but I just don’t have the skill set.

This is where it gets interesting, I posted from Gwibber something along the lines of “I like MODx but it seems a bit advanced for me” which initially produced some positive feedback along the lines of “Join the Forum mush”, “I’ll help you” etc. Which is what Community should be about. Then suddenly it all turned sour when I mentioned Joomla “….Joomla’s unorganized ball of yarn”. Like a fool I tried to defend Joomla which produced further Hate Mail I was going to perpetuate the discussion but decided that discretion was the better part of valor as far as Micro Blogging is concerned and write something here instead (Nobody reads this site other than me anyway).

So while being told Joomla was the spawn of the devil and that I should be burnt at the stake for daring to even look at MODx and bearing in mind I had not said one thing derogatory about MODx I will now vent my spleen.

I have only edited the front page using the built in wysiwig editor other than that I have touched NOTHING!

  1. All the menu links are broken apart from ‘Home’ click on anything and “No such page”
  2. The ‘Preview’ from with Admin doe’s work
  3. If I click on the XHTML validator I have 1 error which the site itself created, is the editor broken?
  4. Click on the CSS Validator and I get 11 errors I’ve not touched anything relating to CSS

I have blacked out some of the URL details so as not to reveal the project I’m planning and for no other reason, the site is still live.

So for the minute I don’t feel like learning how to use the the thing given that I have been given the feeling by people that mere mortals are not welcome especially those that use Joomla.

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Joomla gets runner up

I’ve nothing against Drupal its just I prefer Joomla which got me thinking, what’s the difference? I mean too the viewer, the hapless person who stumbles on your website. Do they care what your site is? It’s the content and possibly layout they care about its not as if there is some sort of pop-up that says “Sorry this is a Drupal site and is not compatible with IE7 browsers”.

There are those in the Web Design community who hate ALL cms type websites although I’ve never been given a definitive explanation as to why its usually a fog of reasons “Well they’re not very secure, they generally don’t conform to standards” etc, etc. While I can knock a site up with Front Page or NVU it’s a bit of a pain which is why I chose Joomla I just write out a post like this within the module then publish it, simple.

jelly babiesEven so, I still think Joomla should have won I’m currently sat eating a huge bag of Haribo jelly babies here at work trying to console my disappointment that Drupal has won the Open Source CMS Awards and that Joomla took the ‘runner up’ prize.

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