WordPress vs MODX: Which One is Superior?

While creating a website, the first thing that we demand is the Content Management System (CMS). It is the solution that can meet the unique needs of your company. 

There are many solutions out there in the market, before choosing the appropriate one for your company, you need to analyze it. As far as our experience is concerned, there are two effective platforms (CMS) that are mostly in use- WordPress and MODX.

Most of the users prefer to use WordPress over MODX,  because of the exceptional benefit it provides. WordPress is everywhere. From eight, one website is created with this CMS. Surprisingly, it has captured a lot of attention since its beginning. 

Anyways, choosing the right platform for your website is completely your choice!!  Here, we are giving you a comparative analysis of MODX and WordPress so that it becomes convenient for you to choose the one.   But, before moving further, check out the statistics on how these platforms are growing.

Percentage of website using various CMS

The above figure shows that 35.7% of the websites are used by WordPress with a market share of 63.1%. And below figure is showing that WordPress is used by 63.1% of all the websites that are in the top 1,000,000.

WordPress and modx

The below figure is a depiction of the historical trend in the percentage of the website with selected technologies. The market share trends and content management usage are shown in the dedicated trend.

Usage of CMS

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WordPress vs MODX: What are the Differences

Know what they are?

WordPress is an open-source, online website development CMS penned in PHP. Indeed, it is one of the powerful, popular and easiest website development tools and blogging platforms to date. 

It incorporates a plug-in architecture and a template system, termed as a theme in WordPress. WordPress was basically built as a blog publishing system. However, later it has grown to support different types of web content, such as, more traditional forums and mailing lists, membership sites, media galleries, member sites, online stores, and learning management systems (LMS). It owns a large association of specialists and developers and more than 50k of plugins and themes.

And, when it comes to MODX, it is an open-source and free Web application framework and Content Management System for publishing content on the Intranet and World Wide Web. This CMS is licensed under the GPL and is composed of the PHP programming language. It provides complete segregation of content (pure HTML), behavior and appearance (standard CSS and JavaScript) and logic (PHP code snippets).

Ease of Use

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WordPress is the ideal combination of ease of use and flexibility. It allows you to develop anything- from a simple website to a complicated web store. The incredible about this platform is that it has a user-friendly characteristic that is required to be used on the website. Certainly, WordPress is an ideal platform if you are 0% knowledge about creating a brochureware website or blog website. You can create the website with all of your requirements in some minutes only. It includes all the features and functionalities that are needed to create a one. 

MODX has stunned every user with the level of easiness it has. This CMS eliminates the need for assistance from third-party programmers. You do not need to be an expert in any language to use it- any non-tech user can leverage MODX- it has a very intuitive and convenient admin panel. Its compelling add-on architecture and template system help to make the website easily.

Features and Functionality

Check out the features of WordPress below:

  • Built-in commands
  • Simplicity
  • Search engine optimized
  • Flexibility
  • Publishing Tools
  • Multilingual
  • User Management
  • Importers
  • Full Standards Compliance
  • Community
  • Custom Content Types
  • Plugin and Theme System
  • Application Framework

Check out the features of MODX below:

  • Native mobile compatibility
  • Customizable manager
  • Multi-site support
  • Multilingual support
  • Search engine optimization
  • Security
  • Collaboration
  • Native JSON
  • Complete HTML Support
  • Authentication
  • OPP Core and API
  • Content filtering

Customization

It is imperative for any platform to be capable enough to let clients customize the website as per their needs. That implies, they can edit, update or delete any feature whenever they want to. 

WordPress includes a large community of the website developers who have loaded the WordPress repository with the best plugins. It amalgamates all types of plugin that can fulfill every user requirement. You can choose from the 50,000 plugins and make creating a website seamlessly. 

MODX also has add-ons and plugins in its directory created by its top-notch developers. The users can use the plugins from their library and can create the website.

CMS Integration

CMS Integration

WordPress can be integrated with the below third-party systems and apps:

  • MailChimp
  • Constant Contact
  • Active Campaign
  • Bitium
  • Campaign Monitor
  • LiveChat
  • Zapier
  • Post Affiliate Pro
  • Zoho Sales IQ
  • Zendesk
  • Tapfiliate

On the contrary, MODX can be integrated with the below apps and systems:

  • Amazon S3
  • MailChimp
  • Active Directory

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Economical

As we know that these CMS are open source solutions. It only implies that both are available free to every use because of the General Public License. Instead, some of the developers can ask to pay when some extra installation or functionality is required on the website.

Whereas, for website designing, MODX asks to pay somehow more because of the extra customization.   

Handling the website by understanding these platforms is tough, is easy-you can easily create the website. 

Security

Hackers use all the measures to hack the data, so, it is desirable to use the platform that does not let this happen. WordPress being the leading and popular platform is more expected to get hacked but it has those features that secure it from any breach. 

MODX also has a strong and secure base that protects it. Surely, both of these platforms are showing good results and giving the best experience to the users.

Customer Service

Customer Service

WordPress is created to fulfill the requirements of every website designer, SMB or start-up and website designer. It has given us many communities online that are available to offer answers to any of the queries, with forums, a comprehensive database of blogs and third-party content. So, we can say that it amalgamates the best customer-oriented approach.

Whereas, MODX also has an inclusive set of materials that are needed to know the CMS platform. These are generally like the online tutorials that are most suitable for the website designers and programmers to know the basics. But, it has very few third party blogs, publications, and media for the users to grasp the knowledge.

What have we examined?

Even though the MODX has easy installation, configuration, and website management, but,  it is complicated for those who are not technical experts and do not have any idea about programming or coding.  To create a website with MODX, you must have a solid knowledge of the technicalities behind it. This is why most beginners prefer to use WordPress to develop their website.  

It allows you to grow the website with the new features, but it does not have those “extras” in its pocket that make it less favorable. WordPress, on the other hand, has a plethora of themes and plugins that enable the users to update the website as per their needs.

Despite, MODX incorporates its own community but that is not as powerful as WordPress CMS. Besides, its community members have translated it but, still, it is only available in English.

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Your Verdict!!

Every platform has its own strengths and weaknesses. And MODX and WordPress are meant for different purposes.

MODX has an ideal solution for those who are familiar with website design and coding and are in need of a large scale and customized website solution.

Whereas, for WordPress, you can get a prompt website designing and require more prioritization to content than the website design.

So, which platform do you prefer to use? Create something incredible!!

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