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After much deliberation over the entries received for the MODx Blog Contest, I have selected the winners.  I have to admit that it wasn't an easy task, and this being the first contest that I have held on this blog, I wanted to be sure that I was fair and that the winning entries were chosen based on the criteria that I had set out in the contest post. I wish I had prizes for everyone who entered :( My goal in holding this contest, as stated in the initial post, was to get some exposure to the MODx content management system, to encourage people to participate and to share knowledge and ideas, and to see what people could build using MODx.  This was intended to be a learning experience, and I think I can say that this goal was, and continues to be met.

The MODx Blog contest is now winding down. We have already received some submissions, and we're counting down... less than two weeks to the end.  If you haven't  submitted your entry, please make sure to do so before the morning of Friday May 8th.  I will close the comments section to the contest post shortly after that so that we…

If you're a regular visitor to this blog, you'll notice that the coding pad has a new look! I spent some time this past weekend rethinking the look and feel of this blog and deciding on what changes to make to create a better and cleaner visitor experience. I liked the old look a lot, but it was time for a change. When I went theme searching, I was looking a theme with the following features:

This post was inspired by a conversation on Twitter, where @ShaneSponagle, my buddy and MODx guru extraordinaire :) asked me what my blog stats looked like with respect to interest in MODx vs. Drupal, since I blog about both platforms.  What I'm going to present here is a simple, and yet not so simple answer to that question. Some disclaimers before I start:

  1. I'm not an expert on either platform, I just share what I know and I'm learning
  2. I'm not an expert at statistics or interpreting them
  3. I'm not making any statements about which CMS is "better" or "more popular" than the other
  4. In the grand scheme of things, I'm a small fish and this blog is just a small portion of the web, and so I don't pretend to represent any global trends
That said, I think there's some moderately good basis for comparison for three simple reasons:
  1. I am working concurrently on two tutorial sets, one for Drupal and one for MODx
  2. They are both aimed at complete newbies, so the audience is comparable
  3. A lot of my top hits and searched are on posts in either tutorial series, with the exception of two other posts (one on Fedora and the other on splitting CSV files).