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Version 1.0.13 | 03-Mar-2014 | Release Notes
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MODX Evolution ushered in an era of complete creative freedom. Designers rejoiced.

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MODX Evolution Features

MODX Evolution has empowered developers and enthusiasts to build websites exactly how they wish since 2005.

  • Total Creative Freedom

    There are no systems comparable to MODX when it comes to creating robust sites, exactly how you want them to look, with zero creative restrictions. MODX thinks the site building tool should fit your creative vision, not impose restrictions and force compromises.
  • Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

    MODX allows you to control 100% of what is output with virtually no effort. Unlike other systems that require learning complex theming engines, in MODX you work with HTML and as many custom variables for the site you need. It takes minutes to build a site that performs amazingly well in Search Engines and because site builders are in total control and can change the output at any time, making tweaks is just a few clicks away.
  • User Friendly & Completely Customizable Manager

    With MODX, it’s actually possible to both enjoy the benefits of a thriving Open Source ecosystem, and have the ability to have a truly custom content management interface.
  • Safe & Secure

    MODX takes security seriously. The team rigorously and continuously audits MODX to make sure we’re up to date and patching any new issues that may arise.
  • Protected Site Content

    MODX Evolution allows site owners to have password-protected web content with multiple levels of user access. Use this for intranet applications or pay-for-access scenarios to keep your confidential content locked away behind a login.
  • Speed Spoken Here

    MODX Evolution is a highly tuned, database driven platform that serves pages fast. It’s caching mechanism allows it to work almost as fast as a static HTML website, but with all the benefits of a dynamic, database-managed online presence.
  • Flexible Add-ons

    There are hundreds of Add-ons available for MODX Evolution. Because of the the way Evo works, Add-ons can often be used for a multiple, that would otherwise require thousands in other platforms. Add-ons administrators to install, upgrade and migrate Content, Templates, Add-ons or even complete websites without having to worry about dependencies or missing steps. All from a simple interface inside the MODX Manager that pulls remotely from the MODX website.

Frequently Asked Questions


What are the basic differences between MODX Revolution and MODX Evolution?

MODX Evolution is our classic code base that entered stable production release in 2005. As such it has a larger base of Add-ons that provide pre-built functionality and is highly optimized to perform well for many types of websites. MODX Revolution was created over a three year period and saw it’s first public release in 2010. It is a complete rewrite to address the needs of larger websites, and to offer a more scalable, configurable and feature-rich framework.

MODX Evolution may be faster for smaller sites, but MODX Revolution can scale to much larger, multi-server environments, including customizable caching, multiple database support (MySQL, Microsoft SQL Server). In addition MODX Revolution natively supports multiple websites, secure configurations with most files stored outside of web root. While both Evo and Revo support Resources (web pages) and Weblinks (redirecting links to other pages on the internet), MODX Revolution also includes Static Resources (static files on the filesystem), Symlinks (links to other pages that can maintain their position in dynamic menus), the ability to create custom resources and Media Sources which can store files literally anywhere that is accessible via an API (like Amazon S3).

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What type of server do I need?

Please see the General Server Requirements page. In short, most Linux and Windows server environments running PHP and MySQL platforms should work. MODX Evolution supports PHP 4 and up.

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What skill level is needed to build sites in MODX Evolution?

MODX Evolution has a large variety of MODX Evolution Add-ons available. Site builders who know basic HTML, CSS and Javascript can leverage Add-ons to build websites with sophisticated functionality.

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Who is the ideal user of MODX Evolution websites?

Anyone with a modest amount of training can maintain and create content in a MODX Evolution website. Most sites require at most 1-2 hours of training to have productive contributors, publishers and content editors.

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Where can I get support?

MODX offers MODX Complete™ for companies and organizations that need “boardroom friendly” website solutions—turn key support, maintenance and consulting backed by a Service Level Agreement (SLA).

MODX Professionals are an excellent outlet for assistance. MODX Professionals are expert MODX developers who create, maintain and upgrade MODX websites.

Finally, MODX is well known for its friendly and helpful Open Source Community—our army of geeks who can answer just about any question you may have about MODX. The original project founders and current developers remain active in the community as well.

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Is there commercial support for MODX Evolution?

MODX offers Commercial Support, both through our MODX Professionals and directly through our MODX Commercial Support.

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Can I hire MODX to build a website for me?

You have two options for getting help building a MODX website. You can find a MODX Professional for local assistance, or you can also reach out directly to MODX to complete our project profile for consulting and to be matched with a solution provider.

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