Published on February 6, 2014
Not everyone is a talented designer, and project timelines and budgets sometimes rule out launching a completely custom site. In these cases, MODX wasn’t always the best fit.
But the world is full of folks with personal projects and side gigs as sitebuilders for which MODX should work just as well. Based on numbers alone, it’s a huge opportunity—Netcraft identified over 920-million websites in their February 2014 website survey.
Matt Mullenweg credited much of WordPress’ meteoric rise with the availability of tons of great-looking themes, not a bad strategy to emulate for increasing MODX adoption. Yet to date only a few high-quality ready-to-install MODX themes have been available.
In August, 2013, we started talking with ThemeForest, the world’s leading provider of professionally designed website themes. They noticed buzz building around MODX and were intrigued. When we shared our story, they wanted in.
Given that ThemeForest is one of the busiest sites on the Internet, we are equally as excited to announce the next revolution of MODX, pardon the pun: MODX themes at ThemeForest. The initial themes are gorgeous, and there is much more to come. MODX Themes install like any other MODX Add-on, with just a couple of clicks inside the Manager.
Build a Side Business. Or a Career.
I bet you didn’t know that more than one individual ThemeForest authors has sold over two-million dollars in themes. You can likewise start a great side business, or even earn a living, building and selling themes at ThemeForest. Starting is as easy as just signing up as a ThemeForest author. It’s an awesome way to gain exposure and make money, too.
For Front-end developers who don’t code PHP, MODX is a perfect launchpad for CMS sites. If you know HTML and CSS, you know how to design for MODX. If you already create themes for other platforms, you’ll likely find MODX refreshingly straightforward.
Learn how to turn your HTML prototypes into MODX-powered masterpieces in our Markup to MODX videos. For existing MODXers, we created a tool to package MODX themes. It will be in public beta on Github soon, and will make earning money with ThemeForest even easier. If you want early access and to help us test it, let us know.
To celebrate our ThemeForest launch, we’re putting the finishing touches on our own theme-based site redesign. Simpler language, improved organization, and a long-overdue mobile responsive template. Look for a preview soon.
Welcome aboard, ThemeForest!