MODx Web Development

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Learn
  • Build a complete, feature-rich website using MODx
  • Manage content easily using documents and containers
  • Manage users and access with authentication and authorization
  • Create templates to customize the look of your site
  • Learn how to enhance your website quickly with dynamic content such as recent posts and dynamic menus using core snippets
  • Learn the powerful templating language PHx to extend logic to templates
  • Use custom snippets to add more functionality such as forums and image galleries
  • Learn to create your own snippet for unique functionalities
  • Deploy a search-engine-optimized and secure site
About

MODx is a content management system and PHP web application framework rolled into one. With the ease of a CMS and the extensibility of a framework, MODx allows you to develop professional-looking, intricate websites with its easy-to-use interface and flexible architecture. MODx provides reusable code called snippets most of which are so generic that, without any modification, they can serve multiple functionalities. The generic nature of the snippets makes it possible to get the perfect customization that is so hard in other content management systems.

This book will get web developers up-and-running with MODx. With step-by-step examples and illustrative screenshots, you will be guided through installation, configuration, and customization. By the end of the book, you will have created a powerful, dynamic website by using the individual elements of MODx, without the need for programming know-how.

Starting with a walk-through of installing MODx, you will quickly learn how to develop your site without having to use any programming language. Logical, step-by-step instructions will show you how to create your own unique site by adding and editing documents using the inbuilt TinyMCE editor. Change the look and feel of your site by creating your own templates using HTML, CSS, and widgets. By following the example of a blog site, you will learn how to extend your templates to allow rich user interactions through comments, posts, and forms. The book teaches a few core snippets such as Ditto and Wayfinder in detail. These powerful and flexible snippets will enable you to add multiple functionalities to your site. The book will also introduce you to many more snippets which will help you build some of the commonly required web functionalities such as forums and image galleries. Manage your users with authentication and authorization and make your site user-friendly with user groups, forums, and the use of PHx notations to embed logic in templates.

Through following this easy-to-use, step-by-step guide, by the end of the book you will have a fully functional, feature-rich MODx site with professional-looking, dynamic web pages that are totally customizable.

Features
  • Simple, step-by-step instructions detailing how to install, configure, and customize MODx
  • Covers detailed theory from the basics, to practical implementation
  • Learn the most common web requirements and solutions, and build a site in the process
Page Count 276
Course Length 8 hours 16 minutes
ISBN 9781847194909
Date Of Publication 29 Mar 2009

Authors

Antano Solar John

Antano Solar is a techie to the core—a tech evangelist who is passionate about using technology to revolutionize the learning experience! Antano has contributed to the open source community in terms of documentation, code, and support, with a variety of platforms based on languages such as PHP, Perl, Lisp, Python, and Ruby._x000D_ _x000D_ He loves to share his tech excitement with fellow techies and non-techies, and does so through publishing papers, books, and delivering seminars at colleges, universities such as the IIT, and corporate tech events._x000D_ _x000D_ He has published a paper on enhancing wireless networks in an IEEE Journal. His paper on an engine helping machines understand objectives by meta-modeling, using Neurolinguistic Programming principles and Deep Structure, is considered a landmark._x000D_ _x000D_ An avid hacker, Antano has won two Yahoo hack-day awards. He recently won the award for developing a Hybrid Search Engine from scratch in 24 hours that uses Machine Intelligence and Social Intelligence to identify, search, and present the information in the required format._x000D_ _x000D_ Professionally, until recently, Antano was a Consultant and a Trainer providing IT solutions and sessions on VoIP, Networks and Software Plaforms, and Languages. He is currently the Chief Technology Officer at NuVeda Learning. In his current role, he is responsible for the development and deployment of Learning Management Systems that are used by large MNCs globally. He also plays the role of a Chief Architect in the research and development of technologies related to the understanding and measuring of Learning. He is excited by the challenges of using complex technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and Natural Language Processing._x000D_ _x000D_ Occasionally, when Antano needs to take a "Tech" break, he likes to train and tell stories!