Win a Copy of the MODx Web Development book and more – Blog Contest
Welcome to the first ever Coding Pad Blog Contest!! We’re giving away some stuff – so read on!
What’s the occasion? – None really, just thought it would be cool to celebrate the MODx Content Management Framework/System
What’s my goal? – To get more exposure for MODx and to get more people interested in MODx and it’s power and flexibility. And ofcourse, to invite more interaction on the Coding Pad 🙂
What’s up for grabs? –
- A copy of the MODx Web Development book by Antonio Solar John. This is the first ever MODx book in the English language. I currently have three copies to give away to three winners, but hope to get more in the coming days.
- In addition to the book, the top winning entry will also get a namecheap account with $20 credit (you can use this for purchasing domain names) and a three month membership to the tuts+ network!
- In addition to the book, the second winning entry will get a three month membership to the tuts+ network.
- In addition to the book, the third winning entry will get an opportunity for some free MODx consulting from modxguru.com‘s Shane Sponagle, an experienced MODx Developer. You get to choose from one of two consulting options: an analysis of your MODx website with a report on how to improve your website, or 2 hours of email support consulting. You will have three months from the day the contest ends to utilize the consultation.
- The fourth and fifth winning entries will each get a one month membership to the tuts+ network
I anticipate that I will have more prizes to offer to the winning entries, and to allow more winning entries.
How to Enter? – Well, herein lies the rub. Most blog contests require you to just leave a comment. This one is slightly different, you will actually need to do some work to get the prize, but it’s not too hard. Here is what you need to do:
Following the tutorials that I’ve posted here about MODx, or any other resource of your choice, build a simple website using MODx and submit the url of your website to the contest. It doesn’t have to be fancy or complex, it can be as simple as you please :), in fact the simpler and more straightforward, the better; but it does need to have at least three pages, and some sort of navigation. Incorporate the features we’ve talked about in this series – chunks, snippets, etc.
For your submission to qualify, you will need to:
- First leave a comment on this post stating that you’re in!
- In your submission, mention the url of the website you built;
- mention the template you chose and its source, and why you chose it;
- talk a little about the snippets you used; and
- mention what resources you found most useful in building your website;
- mention something interesting that you learned about MODx while building the website;
- share a cool MODx tip for the readers.
You can use a free template from one of the sources we mentioned in the templating MODx post. You can also use a free host for your sample website if you don’t have a hosting account.
Why so much work? – Because the point of this contest is to expose more people to the power and flexibility of MODx, and you won’t really learn about MODx if you don’t actually use it :). It’s easy to write a comment, but I am intensely interested in seeing people actually do some hands on stuff and use MODx. And I want the ebooks to go to people who will actually make use of them because they have a genuine interest in learning MODx.
How long will the contest run? – The contest will run for four weeks from the time of this posting to give everyone time to set everything up and submit your entry. I request that you submit sites made within this timeframe to be fair to all entrants. To get started, remember you must first leave a comment on this post letting me know that you’re in!
I will post any updates to the prize lists and such, so make sure you’re subscribed!
About the Sponsors:
Packt Publishing have generously agreed to donate two copies of the MODx Web Development book for this contest. If you’re a reader of this blog you know that I am a fan of Packtpub books and have reviewed a few here.
Our books and publications share the experiences of your fellow IT professionals in adapting and customizing today’s systems, applications, and frameworks. Our solutions-based books give you the knowledge and power to customize the software and technologies you’re using to get the job done. Packt books are more specific and less general than the IT books you have seen in the past. Our unique business model allows us to bring you more focused information, giving you more of what you need to know, and less of what you don’t.
Packt is a modern, unique publishing company with a focus on producing cutting-edge books for communities of developers, administrators, and newbies alike.
One of the things I love the most about Packt, and that makes me purchase their books, is that they believe in and support the Open Source movement. When Packt sells a book written on an Open Source project, they pay a royalty directly to that project. As a result of purchasing one of their Open Source books, Packt will have given some of the money received to the Open Source project.
Shane Sponagle has generously donated free MODx consultancy services for one of the lucky winners. Shane Sponagle of modxguru.com is a freelance MODx Developer who is dedicated to providing professional development and consulting services. He works on projects including (but not limited to): upgrading MODx, add-on setup and configuration, template coding, as well as custom add-on (snippet, plug-in and module) development.
Tuts+ network has donated two three-month memberships to the tuts+ network. Tuts+ offer sites on a range of creative niches including Photoshop and Graphics, Vectors and Illustration, Web Development and Design, Motion Graphics and Audio Production. Becoming a Plus member gives you access to bonus tutorials, sample files and downloads every week across multiple Tuts+ sites, where you get to learn from the best!
If you’re interested in sponsoring this contest by donating one or more copies of the ebook, or any other goodies, so that I can have more winners, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
I am really looking forward to all your submissions!!
NOTE: 05/08/2009 – CONTEST CLOSED