An Epic Announcement Died. You Won't Believe What Happened Next!

Today was to come with a big announcement for MODX until Mr. Murphy got involved. We have to delay that announcement a bit longer but it will be coming next month. It involves a key partner company—no we’re not being acquired!—but it really is going to be huge for the MODX Community, both current and future.

So instead, we reshuffled our communication calendar to highlight a few exciting things happening in the MODX universe right now that deserve just as much attention, and bumped one thing up you can help us pull off with aplomb.

Discover the Best MODX Resources on the Web

A couple weeks ago, a 100% Community-led project, started by Helen Warner (aka crimsonpixel), was launched to curate the best MODX Revolution tutorials from around the web at This is an awesome effort and resource that we love seeing. You should check it out, right now, and submit your own resources to the list or bookmark it for your own reference.

2.3 is Coming Fast

2.3 is going to be one of the first public embodiments of our commitment to simplifying everything around MODX. So far, the unintended consequences of this are paying off. Shawn Himmelberger noticed that the Manager is much faster. The coming überbar search is likewise going to be an amazing functional improvement for busy MODX content managers.

We seriously want to nail an incredibly usable and clean default theme for 2.3. To do this, we’re going to need great designs and pattern libraries to reset the standards for users of the Manager. I’d personally love to see several key areas focused on: custom dashboards on login, content creation/editing, the system settings, and a media manager. Cleaning up the installation experience would be a win, too. The media manager is admittedly up in the air for initial release, as we want to do it right, but it is a very big priority overall.

Help Make 2.3 Amazing

This week, MODX community member Peter Knight (EdenWeb) posted his interpretation for the design of the new MODX Revolution 2.3 Manager UI and got some traction on implementation. He was building from some of the other work people have done in the current dev branch of 2.3, which is now available as a preview. Peter’s work was preceded months ago by Phil Steer, who likewise did an awesome re-imagination of the Manager, and the team at Sterc who posted pixels, too.

The cool thing is, all of those Manager skins would be doable with the 2.3 release as a theme, including the full-height sidebar at the left. So what can you do?

We decided to make it interesting, and turn this into the first official MODX Contributor Contest. Details will evolve over the next few days on the fly and in the forums, but we’re excited to move this forward. We’ll lay out the rules and timeline, share details on how to work with Manager themes in 2.3 using the latest Git source code, and talk some people into pitching in on some prizes … MODX will put up something cool and I suspect modmore will, too … no pressure, Mark. ;)

I could easily see this being a collaborative team affair, to get the best of all experiences in UX + design + implementation mojo; we’ll keep that in mind for the prizes, too. So off to the forums we go!

In Closing

MODX is only as successful as the Community makes it and we appreciate your contribution. Let’s all make 2.3 even more so! I look forward to sharing more details about the deferred announcement, soon, but am thankful for the serendipitous interruption prodding us to improve in other ways. Mr. Murphy isn’t such a jerk, after all!

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.


  1. Tom Wilson
    Jan 29, 2014 at 05:03 PM
    Thanks for this Ryan! There's so much going these days that you can miss important stuff if you're not reading the forum posts.

    1. Mark Hamstra
      Jan 29, 2014 at 05:50 PM
      Yes, modmore will definitely be throwing in some prizes for the Contributor Contest.

      1. Ryan Thrash
        Jan 29, 2014 at 08:46 PM
        Thanks so much Mark!

      2. Nick Clark
        Jan 29, 2014 at 06:16 PM
        This is awesome, thanks for the update Ryan.

        A contributor contest is a great idea, looking forward to seeing more about this.

        1. Malcom Reno
          Jan 29, 2014 at 09:18 PM
          "2.3 is Coming Fast"


          "Both Evo and Revo will again see releases in the coming weeks—not months or quarters—with 1.0.10 for Evo and 2.3 for Revo."

          Posted by Ryan Thrash on Apr 10, 2013

          1. Kris Sarratt
            Jan 30, 2014 at 08:31 AM
            Very nice...excited to see that things are being opened up to the community more and more to get our input and involvement. Definitely excited to help the CMS I love so much grow and expand.

            1. Raymond Uphoff
              Jan 30, 2014 at 09:45 AM
              Guys is it possible to team up for re-designing the backend? I've also posted over at Edenweb. Hugo Peek and I, Raymond Uphoff, made an appointment to focus on the UI of Revo. So there are quite a few people doing the same thing. If we tunnel this process and work together, it would be awesome!

              1. Jay Gilmore
                Jan 30, 2014 at 10:00 AM

                We fully expected folks to want to collaborate on this venture. We're not sure how to handle the prizes, however we'll figure something out. Suggestions welcome.

              2. Raymond Uphoff
                Jan 30, 2014 at 10:50 AM
                My opinion is first thing first. Let see what problems users are facing. Is there a log with UI-issues? Is it possible to design a more effective workflow for various tasks?

                And the most important question which of you UX/ Interaction/ UI Designers are willing to team up? Somebody got a bright idea how you can tunnel this process? A ton of questions :-)

                1. Christian Bartels
                  Jan 30, 2014 at 11:04 AM
                  Regarding how to optimize the workflow for users, I made a mockup inspired by EdenWeb's and Sterc's mockups, that modifies (optimizes imho) the way how users work with multiple resources:

                  I'd really like to contribute to the UX/Interaction, but have very little knowledge about the tools and places how to work on this as a team. So I've got a ton of questions too :-)

                2. JP DeVries
                  Jan 30, 2014 at 12:52 PM
                  We are all too familiar with what user experience issues there are currently in the Manager. We are also all to familiar with blockers in place that prevent us from being able to solve them they way we'd like.
                  2.3 currently has many improvements. The top nav has been drastically simplified, and the theme has been toned way back, making the Manager easier to decipher and letting content speak for itself. New features like the Uberbar mean much less clicking through the tree to find resources or elements, and there is a new media manager in the works.

                  I'd love to be proven wrong, but I think for 2.x we should focus on small-wins, get 2.3 released so we can set our sites on a completely new Manager sooner than later.

                  1. Ryan Thrash
                    Jan 30, 2014 at 01:04 PM
                    Agree JP. Lots can still be done, but just really paying attention to contrast, tone, hierarchy, writing clear descriptions/labels and possibly moving things around if it makes sense should be the focus of this exercise.

                  2. Pavel Lautsevich
                    Feb 02, 2014 at 11:10 AM
                    Guys i want to suggest to you a nice tool to UI development and making documentation for it. This opensource tool named Source.js ( and produced by the development team one of the biggest russian social network - (Classmates).

                    Perhaps this is the right tool to collaborative UI development. Try it and say what you think?

                    1. Pavel Lautsevich
                      Feb 02, 2014 at 11:14 AM
                      Poor handling of the links! Below correct:


                    2. Robert Ross
                      Feb 10, 2014 at 10:39 AM
                      What also happened is the dreadful Upworthy post title style. Unfortunately, I was all to ready to believe that it's bleeding all over the place.

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