The Big Switch, an Old Friend

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As I say goodbye to one old friend, I say hello to another, older friend.

I’ve decided to switch my blog back to WordPress. MODx has served me well, but my site has different requirements now, and WordPress has proven to be the better candidate.

Is MODx more flexible than WordPress? Oh, most definitely. Is MODx more powerful. I would say so. So what does WordPress have that MODx doesn’t? A few small but important things.

First, with MODx, if I want to create a post, I have to find the right folder for it to go into in its document tree. In WordPress, you just hit “Write”, and you’re off to the races. Maybe you’ll put it in some categories later, maybe you won’t. When you’re done writing, hit “publish”, and the post gets put on your site. That’s it.

Second, the community of developers behind WordPress is staggering, far greater than MODx. For me, this means that WordPress has been extended to meet the needs of a larger variety of people, so it’s more likely that someone has already met some particular needs of mine. And in fact, some very specialized needs of mine have been met.

Which leads to my next and final point. With WordPress, I can write in many different contexts, with many different tools. For example, I installed a plugin called WPhone, which simplifies the WP control panel and allows me to write from my portable device. I also have an application on my Macbook called ecto, which allows me to write and publish new content on my WP site without even opening my site in a browser. This makes it very easy to produce content.

This is something I’ve been wanting with MODx ever since I switched to it. I’m not saying that it’s hard to produce content on MODx; quite the contrary. But it’s far easier with WordPress, and the easier the better.

I decided to use a free theme called The Morning After. I made this decision because 1) I didn’t want to spend weeks designing another completely custom template, which is what I did for my MODx template, and 2) this theme is positively stunning. I love it.

I’ve moved pretty much everything that was on my old site onto the new site. My photoblog needs a lot of work. All my comic strips are moved over, and I think they look way better in this template, since I can span them across the whole template, instead of constraining them to a single, narrow column. I haven’t moved any of the comments over, but I plan to in time.

Believe me, I’ll still be using MODx for many other sites, most particularly client sites, who need to do more than just write, and who will always have very differing needs for which only a highly flexible framework like MODx will fit the bill. But WordPress is awesome in its own right. I’ve missed it, and I’m looking forward to using it again.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the new look and feel. And hey, who knows, maybe I’ll write more often.


2 comments for “The Big Switch, an Old Friend”

  1. Thanks for the mention! Hope you’re enjoying WPhone.

    -Doug Stewart WPhone Admin plugin developer

    Posted by Doug Stewart | June 21, 2008, 8:28 am
  2. Hey Joey,

    thanks for crediting my WordPress graphic and welcome back to WordPress :)

    And great choice with your theme, Morning after is one of my favorite too.

    Posted by Not A Niche | June 24, 2008, 6:57 pm

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