Here at SmashStack, we have decided to expand our repertoire by offering WordPress websites in addition to those created on our traditional go-to platform, the MODX content management system (CMS). The reasons driving this decision are numerous, but they pretty much boil down to WordPress’ newer capabilities. After years of being mainly a blog platform, WordPress has evolved to the point where it can power general-purpose websites as well. The core competencies—PHP, MySQL, and HTML—required to build custom WordPress sites are the same as those for MODX sites, so this addition to our toolbox does not represent a huge leap for us.
Some websites are fairly static, with infrequent content changes. For other sites, to paraphrase an old Rush song, “constant change is here to stay.” These are high-volume e-commerce sites, news sites, and the like. In between are the vast majority—sites that change over time, but maybe not every day or even every week. The owners of these sites may update their home pages to feature new products or services, or advertise seasonal specials, or simply freshen up the page with new images or videos. Perhaps they have a set of photos that they want to rotate onto and off of the site on a regular basis. Whatever the case, for these sites, a web content management system can take some of the headache out of managing the site.
When clients approach us about integrating eCommerce into their site, we often get the question: “What is the best eCommerce system to use on this project? Well, the answer depends typically on a few things we will dig into with this article.
Over the years we have been hired many times by companies who had hired a MODX “developer” (and I use the word MODX “developers” lightly b/c it was apparent they didn’t know MODX at all when coding) to build their site. We get the phone call from a potential client that typically goes like this:
“We hired Company X to build our website in MODX. But when we login it is a mess and no one on our team understands how to use it.”
Or we get the phone call from a potential MODX client that goes something like this:
“No one in our office has ever built a website nor knows HTML. Is MODX going to be easy for us to use?”
You Design. We Code.