Are you debating between Modx vs WordPress for your next website? Both of these companies are well known content management systems and in this review of both platforms I will show you why the choice is simple and I will even help you to set up your site today so you can start gaining search engine juice. Let’s begin!
WordPress is currently the fastest growing CMS software in the world that powers of 70 million websites.
MODX Revolution was founded in November of 2004 and it is the web content management platform for those that truly care about no-compromise design and exceptional user experience.
Both of these platforms are easy to use in my opinion, but a beginner may feel overwhelmed by Modx while feeling more safe with WordPress. WordPress sites can literally be set up in 5 minutes or less when you use SiteGround hosting because of their auto install feature. Themes can be installed in seconds.
Modx unlike WordPress was built to be customized. Once again although a little tricky Modx can be used by beginners, but it is more recommended for developers. WordPress offers quicker installs for those wanting to easily create a website or blog and on top of everything you can easily install plugins to your website.
With Modx you get full control and you are more than likely going to have to design your own template. This is one of the reasons why when using Modx it is good to know a little code so you can design or edit an existing template.
Modx really lacks in pre-built themes so if you can’t code your own you are going to be spending money on someone who can. Once again you can buy some templates from ThemeForest, but the selection is small.
WordPress allows designers to be designers if they choose, but most people who use WordPress use a theme that is already made. WordPress offers over 2000 free themes right from their dashboard. You will have no problem with finding the right theme for your blog, website, or business because there are over 20,000 premium themes all over the web.
Various sites like ThemeForest, ThemeCircle, Themify.me, and more sell awesome WordPress themes. If you want a powerful theme to increase your SEO, then check out Genesis. Lastly, with WordPress there are many developers so if you did need someone to edit a theme for you it would be a very cheap job.
Both of these platforms offer extensions to extend your website and best of all these extensions are free to install. Modx offers around 1000 extras which you will find on the Modx extras page. If you go to their categories section you are able to choose a plugin that meets your website’s needs. But, compared to WordPress Modx lacks a lot of plugins.
WordPress has over 30,000 more plugins than Modx. WordPress is well known by many popular bloggers and popular outlets for their plugins. Whatever you need you can type in your dashboard and you will find it.
You don’t have to be a developer or you don’t have to pay a developer. By yourself you can easily install a plugin to add a forum to your site, shop to your site, chat lobby to your site, gaming arcade to your site, etc.
There is no comparison when it comes to plugins. One of the biggest reasons why I chose WordPress was because of their plugins. Your options are endless. You will be surprised at the different features that you can add to your website.
With Modx you will be managing everything by yourself. Most content management systems offer the same things for SEO such as title’s, descriptions, friendly URLs, etc. WordPress comes more optimized for SEO. You are also given plugins to enhance your websites SEO and site speed.
This is one of the reasons why WordPress is at the top for SEO functionality and website speed. The fact that WordPress sites are at the top of Google searches for different keywords is really saying something.
If you want even more of an SEO boost then I encourage you to check out Genesis, which is a powerful and extremely popular SEO theme.
Both platforms are open source. You don’t have to worry about paying a thing, but your hosting. SiteGround offers premium hosting for both of these platforms for $3.95 a month. The difference in pricing is going to be the money you spend after you create your website.
Since WordPress is so easy and it offers many free plugins a beginner does not have to hire a developer. You are more than likely going to pay for developers on your Modx site.
One of the areas that Modx really struggles in is their support. It is hard to get help for your website. Modx does offer documentation on their website, but it is hard to find support outside of their website. For new site owners this can be an overwhelming experience. Most blogs on the internet are WordPress blogs.
WordPress offers a large amount of documentation, but it’s not their docs that makes their support awesome. What makes users feel more secure with WordPress is that more things on the web are geared towards WordPress users. WP is not only for blogs. Many popular websites, forums, and ecommerce shops are using the WordPress platform.
The community is too huge to pass up. You will never run into a problem that hasn’t already been dealt with. YouTube is filled with WordPress tutorials. There are more WP help articles than any other platform.
Popularity shows what most people are choosing and what platform that most are succeeding with.
It is very hard to find popular sites that were built on the Modx platform. However, when we take a look a quick search will show you that many popular websites, blogs, online stores, and more are built with WP. Some of the notable brands include New Balance, designboom, Airstream, Boston University, NASA, Nancy Pelosi, Sony Music, IZOD, Forbes, PawPrint Pets, Glad, Atlantic Southeast Airlines, and more.
Woocomerce, which is a WordPress ecommerce plugin powers over 37% of all online stores. WooCommerce is the most popular ecommerce platform on the web. WordPress powers 26% of the web. This is over 20% more than any other platform.
When it comes to blogging if you want a blog or the ability to blog for your business, then WordPress is automatically the best option. Is WordPress the top CMS in the world? Yes, but it is also the top blogging platform in the world with the most blogging features.
It was built for blogging. Can you blog with Modx? Yes, but compared to WordPress in the blogging category it is lacking. No platform whether Tumblr, Blogger, Joomla, Drupal, Wix, etc. outshines WordPress when it comes to blogging.
Once again Modx is a good CMS, but it is more geared toward developers. WordPress is great for everyone, it offers more add-ons, it has a larger community, it has more SEO options, it is easier for beginners, it offers more themes, etc. WordPress is overall the best choice and all of my sites are ranking well with it. I will show you how you can create a WordPress website today.
Create a site in 5 min today! Quick tutorial!
2. Choose the $3.95 a month plan.
3. Create a domain for your new website.
4. Fill in the signup information.
5. Press continue and let their wizard preinstall feature install WordPress.
6. Create your WP login info and log in.