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Modx and Friendly URLs


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Modx, FURLs, Articles

How to set-up Friendly URLs (FURLs) in Modx Revolution and Articles. Read more...

Modx and blogging part 9: Greatest hits


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Modx, Hits, Popular Posts, Articles

How to create a "Popular Posts" list.

Modx & Blogging part 8: Equipping Comments


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Modx, Quip, Comments, Articles

After getting the blog container template (ArticlesContainerTemplate) looking how I wanted and applying that to the SearchResults template and the individual blog postings template (ArticleTemplate) I realised that the Comments subsystem needed some attention. That's the topic of this post. Read more...

Modx and Blogging part 7: Creating template chunks


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Modx, Templating, Chunk, Articles

In taking this deliberate, but round-about way of developing my blog site we have delved very deeply into one page (the blog summary or main page) and largely ignored the others. We are now at the point where we can start to take what we have learnt and more easily apply it to the other pages. But first, we'll be identifying blocks of template code and be creating numerous chunks for elements that repeat on multiple pages, which will significantly help in streamlining the creation and integration of the remaining blog pages. Read more...

Modx & blogging part 6: More on integrating templates


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Modx, Articles, Styling

This time we'll complete the transformation of the Articles summary page. Read more...

Modx & blogging part 5: Template integration


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Articles, Modx, Styling

This is where we start the process of replacing the standard templates that comes with Articles with the free Caprice template that we've selected to use. We will be concentrating first on the Articles summary page, but the principles will apply to all pages. Read more...

Modx & blogging part 4: Templating basics


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Templating, Modx, Articles

If you've been following this series you'll know we now have the technical framework of our blog (mostly) set up. In the next few parts we will look at how to integrate 3rd party templates to style our site - specifically to replace the Articles templates but also looking at the site as a whole. Read more...

Modx & blogging part 3: Inserting and formatting source code


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Modx, Articles, SyntaxHighlighter, FixedPre, markdownOF

This time we're going to look at installing and configuring tools to display code in our blog. If you're never going to do this, you can skip this bit entirely, although you will miss a discussion on using Markdown. Read more...

Modx & blogging part 2: Searching and Security


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Articles, Modx, Searching, Security

In part 1 of this series we looked at the Articles add-on as a blogging platform for Modx, covering the initial installation and setup. In part 2 we are going to add in a simple search facility, using, not surprisingly, the SimpleSearch add-on. And then we're going to fix what I consider to be a security flaw - namely the blogger's username is exposed in the blog. Read more...

Modx & blogging part 1: Setup


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Modx, Articles, Setup

I am not a professional website builder. But I enjoy getting my hands dirty and have previously built websites using the Modx Content Management System (CMS). So when I wanted to start blogging, I decided to continue with Modx and see where it takes me. If you are reading this, then the results were at least partially successful. Read more...