Thought it would be fun to see how everyone first came to using MODX and what your first impressions were.
I worked at a digital agency and we used WordPress almost exclusively. Around 3 years ago, a client came knocking on our door. They had a reasonable budget for a project, but there was just one problem: they wanted to use their existing CMS, MODX. We’d never heard of it so we tried to talk them out of it. They didn’t want to move from MODX (in hindsight, I see why), so we took on the job and hired a freelancer to do the MODX integration for us.
I built all the static templates in HTML/CSS and then passed them on to the freelancer to integrate with MODX. I was expecting a nightmare. To my surprise, the site was built in no time at all (probably faster that we could have built it in WordPress). The other thing I noticed was the code was really clean - or rather, the code I had passed to the freelancer was practically untouched. WordPress typically adds a lot of bloat to the code, but with MODX the CMS was invisible. That piqued my interest.
Then the client came back to us with a ‘phase 2’ around 6 months later. I decided to tackle it myself and thus began my journey in the world of MODX. This was a MODX Evo site and the thing I hated was that templates, chunks, snippets, etc. were stored in the DB. As soon as I found out Revo supported static resources, I was sold. I still use WordPress but I do get that feel-good feeling every time I go back to MODX.
So, that was my introduction… love to hear your stories