Welcome to part 7 of our series of tutorials on building a website with MODx CMS. So far we've looked at: Part 1: Introduction to MODx Part 2: Installing MODx Part 3: Working with Templates Part 4: Introducing Chunks Part 5: Introducing Snippets Part 6: Introducing Template Variables As we work through these tutorials, we're building a MODx resource site called Learn MODx. In the last segment we introduced template variables and started to add a new section (Library) to our resource website. We created a new template to hold information about books, and created a container to hold all the pages about books. Recall that in MODx a container is simply a page that acts as a parent to other pages (children). So far our website looks pretty much the same as it did before: (you can click on the images to see a larger view) In today's tutorial, we're going to continue working on our Library section. We're going to publish the individual pages for the different books, and then make them accessible to our website visitors by creating a page that aggregates all our book pages using the Ditto snippet, and then make that page accessible to our visitors. So let's get started:
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:
- I'm not an expert on either platform, I just share what I know and I'm learning
- I'm not an expert at statistics or interpreting them
- I'm not making any statements about which CMS is "better" or "more popular" than the other
- 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
- I am working concurrently on two tutorial sets, one for Drupal and one for MODx
- They are both aimed at complete newbies, so the audience is comparable
- 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).
Welcome to part 6 of our series of tutorials on building a website with MODx CMS. So far we've looked at: Part 1: Introduction to MODx Part 2: Installing MODx Part 3: Working with Templates Part 4: Introducing Chunks Part 5: Introducing Snippets As we work through these tutorials, we're building a MODx resource site called Learn MODx. In the last installment we introduced snippets and learned how to use them to add functionality to our website. Specifically, we used the Wayfinder snippet to create a basic functional navigation system for our website. So far our website looks like this: (you can click on the images to see a larger view) In this post, we're going to continue to explore the basics of MODx by looking at Template Variables (TVs). We will add some more functionality and features to our site and move a step forward in our MODx knowledge.
If you're working hard on your entry to the MODx contest or wondering if you should enter at all, the bounty just got bigger, and sweeter. I am happy to announce that we now have two additional sponsors for the MODx Blog Contest: Shane Sponagle of modxguru.com is offering free MODx consultation services to one of the winners, an opportunity…