Long time since I've been here, but need to bounce some issues off heads that might have seen these issues before.
Based on a variety of factors some time ago I decided to use modx for a client's cms when we moved from static/php flat file generated site to cms.
modx hits these all really well, friendly urls, good snippet/scripting ability, it basically fit almost perfectly.
The problem I'm having with revolution version is updates, they are painful, nervewracking, and I'm getting random failures that are very time consuming to track down, making the upgrade process something that is very expensive to bill for, and if I don't bill for the time, it's a pure loss for me. No fun.
This time around, I'm hitting, pre upgrade, an issue with not being to even login to my local dev box modx. With modx, unlike say wordpress, you can't even dream of doing an upgrade without fully testing and debugging on a dev server first, to do otherwise is insane sad to say.
modx irc is not helpful, so I'm starting to debate dropping modx, which means a huge hit for the client in terms of redoing all the work we have done over the years, creating new custom modules and integrating a lot of pretty complicated stuff which is working fine now on live site.
So what I'd like to know is: has anyone out there run modx revolution, applying all updates, no issues, over a fairly long period of time? Or, on the other hand, do any of you have similar headaches and have you noted a distinct lack of robustness in the core modx cms engine? It's this lack of robustness that concerns me deeply, for example, for a good user to not be able to login due to totally unknown issues is to me somewhat terrifying, since it points to a fundamental lack of robust code at the very core of the system. And this makes me afraid.
Any experience or feedback is greatly appreciated, I have to make some decisions here that are going to be very expensive for client, and I need to avoid errors in the process, but I'm very close now to giving up on modx permanently, and trying to find a robust and simple cms solution that isn't so over programmed like modx, but can still meet our basically fairly simple requirements (totally transparent import of existing site and urls, no changes there at all), easy snippet/custom module stuff, not a horrible learning cuver. Drupal I want to avoid, it has a bad upgrade history and is far too complicated for our needs, all we need is menuing and navs and new pages, but annoyingly, the modx menuing module wayfinder is totally perfect for our needs, generates exactly what the site needs for all types of menus/navigation.