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MODX is an open-source CMS that is simpler, more versatile and more powerful than other well-known options such as WordPress and Drupal. This technology is the right fit for clients who want total freedom in design and user experience.

Since 2010, MODX has been making it easier to build, manage and publish on dynamic websites. It is a domain-specific language with a PHP foundation. The API is thoughtfully designed and mature, and the application framework is stable, making it easy to integrate with performance tools such as Varnish. It interacts happily with any Javascript framework from jquery to Angular, Vue and React. You can also use MODX to create JSON APIs that are easily manageable for non-technical staff.

We reach for MODX when clients need a convenient editing interface but require flexibility and freedom on the front end website experience. Rather than force content into a strict taxonomy, MODX gives users the flexibility to restructure content in a way that makes sense for them. This also allows singular focus on pushing the limits of design and user experience rather than catering to the limits of a framework.

We work to make sure that our MODX sites are modular and maintainable. We have built tooling around MODX to allow us to version control key aspects of sites built with this technology. With this we are able to accomplish tasks in just hours that can take days of work in other CMSs.

MODX has a flexible permissions system which can grant different users access to different parts of a site. If you have multiple websites you want to manage from within one administrative interface, MODX can handle this easily. There are also a number of third party plugins which can provide additional functionalities such as menu management and WYSIWYG editing.

MODX scales horizontally and can handle a large amount of traffic, all while integrating with other content sources. We have built data loading systems to make third party data available to MODX. Leveraging this functionality allows editors to control and interact with third party data from within the same editing interface where they do their normal day to day publishing work.

MODX is not without its shortcomings. Its flexibility means that it can be easy to write code that is hard to maintain. Limited content modeling capabilities make it difficult to create products that have multiple selection categories, reducing the sophistication of tasks that they can perform. It is also not suitable for collaboration between developers or a large editorial team. This technology does not aim to make it easy for non-technical people to build the underlying websites and requires technical expertise. However, once a site is built in MODX, non technical staff can easily create and edit pages of their website.

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