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Code quality matters

We’ve all been there. Time is short, so just bash out a bit of code, and as long as it works we can move on. Code is for computers anyway, right? Who cares what it looks like? Actually, how our code is formatted can totally save our bacon later, and Read more…

By Matthew, ago
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MODx – the best open-source CMS available?

MODx CMS

Some background

Some years ago I found myself taking on a large web project, managing a web site with several hundred pages, edited by several people with little (if any) knowledge of HTML, and which needed a serious overhaul.  Initially I tried streamlining the process of dealing with all those static HTML files by creating a simple PHP framework to insert a common header and footer to each page, which significantly simplified the whole process of editing content.  However, it wasn’t long before I realised that a proper Content Management System was what the doctor ordered, and preferably one that was free.So it was, then, that I started a little research into what CMSs were available, and tried out a few of the demo installations on www.opensourcecms.com.  There were a few that I had heard of, even back then, and which promised fantastic performance, easy-to-use interface, complete cusomisation, and more bells and whistles than you could shake a keyboard at.  Among those I tried were Joomla, Mambo, e107, EZ Publish and a few others.  Most turned out to be quite complex, and while they offered plenty of options for technical people I found them to be a little less friendly for people less web-savvy than I.  I eventually settled with Etomite, which didn’t offer quite so much in terms of bells and whistles, but which enabled rapid development through its simple templating system, and had such a simple back-end interface that I could satisfactorily introduce my client to it.(more…)

By Matthew, ago