It has been less than 2 days since I published my 'MODX vs Craft CMS' video. And the response has been overwhelming already! So, time for a follow up blog post!
First of all, if you have missed the video: go check it out here. And be sure to at least watch the conclusion! As always, a lot can be said about anything and I don't want you to get the wrong impression.
The true story behind the video
Speaking about wrong impressions; some people expressed their worries about me dropping MODX. By watching the video you might indeed get that impression. Especially if you did not watch it until the end. But that is not the case at all! I still use and love MODX and will keep doing so. So relax and read on.
As I mention in the conclusion, real life projects are not about comparing your options like it is a football match. The score part in the video was purely added for fun, not to make MODX look bad. Which in my opinion it did not look at all by the way.
Where in the video I gave MODX only 1 point for it's multi-site capabilities, in real life that could well be a deal breaker in the case of Craft. No matter how awesome everything else in Craft might be, if you need to manage more than 1 site using a single installation, those extra 'match points' are worthless.
That being said, I'm not just a MODX Professional / Ambassador. I'm even more a business owner and developer, looking for solutions fitting my clients' projects (and budget). MODX has worked out great in many cases and I don't see that changing in the near future. I just don't believe there is 1 single solution to rule them all, however. Sure, MODX can do anything. But that does not mean it is the best option for everything as well.
Open source awesomeness vs commercial time saving
Confused by that last sentence? Well, it is really not that difficult. Let's say your client wants a site in 3 languages. They also want to upload product images, including some meta data like article number, description, etc. Finally they have product managers world wide, which need to maintain just the product catalog in their own language.
Both MODX and Craft can do this. The difference? In MODX it might be a bit more work (setting up permissions, create something for the image meta data, etc). And by going with Craft, while providing much of the requirements in the core, the price tag of $299 is hard to miss of course.
In this case it is really a matter of comparing the extra costs vs the time it will save you. If for example you charge $75 per hour and save 5 hours by using Craft, then Craft is the better option, as it will 'save' you $76.00 ( $299 - (5 * $75)).
So yes; there is a place for commercial software in our line of business! Just as there is a place for open source/free software. Both are cool and awesome, but both are also not the best option for every project.
So, what is best for me?
There is a lot more to take into account of course. So I can totally imagine you're not sure what to choose for your next project. There is a lot of open source awesomeness going on out there, but the commercial parties are doing just as great these days. Not to mention all the cool features everyone throws at you, to make things even more confusing.
So if you have a project coming up and want to discuss your options, just contact me! Better spend a few hours on deciding what is best than going with the wrong CMS and regret it later.
In other news; 3 events you don't want to miss!
I will be attending both the MODX weekend by modmore and GeeUp. If you are interested in any of the two systems, then I highly recommend you get your tickets too. Both schedules really look very promising, so you can't go wrong with either one. Looking forward to meet you there!
Don't want to travel? Craft has an online event as well.