Well, my point is that its not really geared for non-developers, like WP which is made for people with very limited skills. They give up control for access and ease of use, but there is a price to be paid for that. When I made my first site I played with WP but I found it to be lacking, although easy to get started with. Also had the same experience with Vanilla forum software.
You are right that php is not needed to develop in Modx, although it is really useful to do a bunch of different things on a site.
What I like is the complete control I have with Modx, or nearly so
BTW I would consider ‘developers’ to include front-end people.
If MODX wants to grow, it should focus on usability for front enders.
Agree with this completely.