Yesterday was an interesting day in the MODX Community as MODX Cloud announced new plans to become SiphonLabs. Some community members have raised concerns that this means core developers will be focusing less on MODX Revolution. Truth be told, that’s been happening the last 8 months to get Cloud to become what it is today. Sure work on Cloud will be ongoing but with Cloud now launched, and obviously evolving, I can assure you the core team’s focus on Revolution 2.2.x and MODX 3 is in fact rising for the first time in at least 8 months.
In the last 8 months I’ve been busy too:
- • Attended MODXpo 2012 and met with some of the most enthusied MODXers on Planet Earth
- • Released MODX Extras several of which are being improved upon of course, and a few I wish I could tell you about
- • Became a MODX Ambassador committed to hosting 5 MODX Meetups in the Portland area
- • Founded MODXPDX.org for upcoming MODX Meetups and Events
- • Working Directy with MODX to build and maintain MODX websites for their clients
- • Beta Tested MODX Cloud doing all I could to break it before you bought it
- • Minor Contributions to Popular MODX Extras such as Articles, Archivist and phpthumbof
- • Began Comps for MODX 3 (nothing more than two guys tossing back and forth some work on GitHub and gathering feedback)
It’s been a lot of work and I’m certain the next 8 months are going to be even more. I work on the things I do because I know that what we have to lose is the greatest site-building tool out there. You cannot expect the future of MODX Revolution and MODX 3 to be solely on the backs of core developers. That said, below are the three main areas of improvement I’ll be working on over the next 8 months. What will you be working on?
Hook up a Cart
At MODXpo Netherlands there was much discussion about finally accomplishing a MODX E-Commerce solution that is worth writing home about. It was overwhelmingly the topic of conversation. I live blogged the keynotes and I don’t recall anyone asking for anything to do with Wordpress or Magento. MODX users want, rather need, a better way to sell their products. Is the SyponLab team going to be working on something like this? I doubt it. MODX core devs? Doubt it.
One thing Kevin Marvin mentioned in the keynote that I completely agree with is that it’s not feasible to create a standalone E-Commerce solution for MODX. Rather the pot of gold at the end of this rainbow is going to be several solid APIs that allow MODX to consume and integrate with existing, proven e-commerce platforms. For me, that platform is Shopify and I’m working on abstracting an API I built for heartroasters.com/shop which aims to make it very simple to use MODX for a marketing layer capable of displaying up to date product information from Shopify, but let Shopify do the rest of the E-Commerce leg work.
Improve User Experience
Sell your Extras
Do you love building MODX Extras but also have bills to pay? Do you have several Extras that are 85% complete but don’t have the resources for that last 15% (that takes 10x longer than the first 85%)? What if there was a way for you to get paid for your Premium Extras? The MODX Marketplace feature of MODX Cloud was very exciting to me, what I’d heard about it anyways. I don’t know what SiphonLabs’s plans are with the Marketplace, and I don’t really care anymore either because I’m tired of waiting. Apparently they see more value in supporting competition than giving the MODX community a Marketplace to thrive in.
That said, I’m working on a few premium Extras that I hope you’ll see appear on modmore within the next few months.
Alright it’s been fun, but it’s time to get back to work!