Looking Forward to 2013

We’ve spent considerable time evaluating what we’ve done over the last few years at MODX. I highlighted a few key events from 2012 yesterday, but now it’s time to execute on things that really matter and will make a difference going forward.

MODXpo 2012 attendees
Photo credit Andrew King

Growing the Community

MODX enjoys one of the greatest Communities in software, period. But we think you deserve a more thriving and lucrative ecosystem; now it’s time to foster broader MODX awareness and adoption.

Our first step will be an Ambassador program which surfaced at MODXpo 2012. While we’re still sorting out the complete details, the goal for the program is to ensure people have fun and make meaningful connections while learning about and fostering adoption of MODX.

Ambassadors must be willing commit to at least a year, and they’ll need to host and coordinate a minimum of six meet-ups a year, while collaborating and communicating with MODX on a regular basis. They certainly don’t have to present at every meeting, but we’ll help build some content that they can present. Their primary role is to take care of finding a location for meet-ups, coordinating them and making sure people show up.

For becoming an Ambassador, what will you get in return? Access to MODX, influence in its future, early info about what’s planned, and a higher profile and recognition in the overall MODX ecosystem. There’s also the satisfaction of knowing you’re helping make a brighter future for the software we all love so much. No doubt being an Ambassador will take a serious time commitment, but we hope the benefits are well worth your investment.

If you’re interested in potentially becoming a MODX Ambassador in your local community or region, please use our contact form to tell us about your MODX experience, your location, your Skype contact details, and anything else you think would be relevant, especially why you’d like to be an Ambassador and how you’d get the word out about the MODX meet-ups.

User Experience

We’re committed to radically overhauling the UX at MODX in every aspect from the Forums, to the Documentation to the software and services we support. This began with hiring Dustin Walker to lead all things pixels-and-white-space-related in March 2012. His debut handiwork appeared in MODX Cloud, which hides much complexity and infrastructure-managing-mojo behind a simple UI which continues to improve weekly.

Next was the massive overhaul to our Forums, which we hoped would increase Community engagement. Even with the recent holiday, we’ve already seen noticeable increases of visits to and time spent in the Forums. We’re happy with the start, and also about finally releasing the code to the Community later this year.

I really can’t wait for Dustin to tackle the MODX Manager UX/UI. How about you?

Ongoing Innovation & Invention

Our first MODX release in 2005 supported HTML 5, CSS 3, and responsive design. Today, we already support whatever comes next, without having to hack the core or dig into a lot of code. MODX Revolution brought Media Sources to life, the likes of which have never been seen as core features in other platforms. So if you need to access your Dropbox, Google Drive, or Amazon S3 bucket just like the web server’s local file system, you can do it with Media Sources.

But we’ve barely scratched the surface of what will come. Inventing new things and innovating on better ways to do existing things is really important and baked into our DNA. As such, going forward expect to see more releases, more often, and more focus on transparently engaging with the Community in making innovation happen in 2013 and beyond.

If you have any ideas to improve MODX itself, or the processes around it—or any other part of the MODX universe, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

About
Ryan is a Christian, the lucky husband of an amazing wife, and father of two usually great kids. A native redneck from East Texas living in Dallas for over 20 years, he's lost a bit of the verbal twang over the years, but still loves to get back to his roots over charcoal with a chunk of meat and a few frosty bevs. Ryan co-founded MODX in 2004, where he works every day helping build the company and its products. 

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6 Comments


  1. thingstodo
    Nov 30, 2012 at 04:29 PM
    I like the idea of Ambassadors but I don't think there are enough active MODx users in my area ( Yorkshire, England) at the moment to get enough people together for one meeting a year let alone six.
    See http://bit.ly/Txncnj.

    So that sort of cuts us out from an Ambassador programme. Is there not a less prescriptive way it could be set up? So that we could get help/credit even if we can only organise one meetup to start with. When things grow they usually start from something small. And I'm sure, as few of us as there are in Yorkshire, we would like to spread the MODX word.

    Mike

    PS. thanks for all the great work you guys are doing.

    1. Jay Gilmore
      Dec 01, 2012 at 09:57 AM
      Mike,

      It doesn't cut you from the Ambassador program. We haven't set any limits and we know some regions will not be able to support 6 meetups per year initially. There may be a possibility for you to work with people in other areas near Yorkshire to have larger meetups less frequently. There are more MODXers around the entirety of England than you might know. We would love to help you organize a meetup and connect with those folks.

      1. Martin Sanders
        Dec 03, 2012 at 10:37 AM
        Hi Mike,

        Great to see another UK based MODx developer. I've been demonstrating MODx here in Cornwall to several design studios and have promoted its use where ever possible. However I would struggle to arrange 6 meetings per year.

        I would love to see a UK MODx community such as http://www.drupal.org.uk.

      2. Adam Wintle
        Nov 30, 2012 at 11:35 PM
        "going forward expect to see more releases, more often"

        That sounds good, will it kind of be similar to the new Chrome and Firefox release schedules?

        1. Ryan Thrash
          Dec 03, 2012 at 01:24 PM
          We'll share more about the planned releases later.

        2. Andrew Smith
          Dec 06, 2012 at 06:39 AM
          For all the MODX guys in the UK (Mainly England side) I am looking to travel around the country to support other meetups, if you are struggling to get users to the meetup due to how many people knows of MODX or less MODX users about, you should try and approach other communities.

          I would suggest trying to infultrate some designers meetups and getting a spot to show what MODX can do and how it helps designers, then you can accumulate from there users to join your very own meetup. You don't need a massive group to start a meetup, even if its just 3 ppl, you share your ideas and then share with the community the outcome. Hit me up on Twitter if you would like to engage in more conversation.

          @silentworks

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