MODX: The Official Guide

Bob Ray’s official and definitive text that has helped thousands of people around the world master MODX.

Choose your format—print or digital

Print from Amazon   or   Digital from Gumroad

MODX: The Official Guide is a comprehensive reference for all things MODX. It’s a great how-to guide for beginning MODX users as well as an excellent tool for seasoned MODX developers. You won’t be disappointed by this book—it belongs on the desk of every MODX user.

Ryan Thrash, MODX Co-founder & CEO

Ryan Thrash, MODX Co-founder & CEO

MODX: The Official Guide

Building dynamic websites with the MODX content management platform.

  • Construct any site you imagine—without compromise. MODX gives you total creative freedom.
  • MODX is a content management platform that lets you fit the tool to your website, not the other way around.
  • MODX makes custom sites faster to build. It gives you back your time so you can finally do that project you put off for so long.
  • Output exactly what you want, dynamic XML, HTML, or anything else you need.

Print from Amazon   or   Digital from Gumroad

MODX: The Official Guide Cover

About the Book

By the time you’ve finished reading this book, you should be able to use MODX to create new web sites or to port existing web sites to MODX. The goal of this book is to provide all the information you need to use the basic building blocks of MODX to meet your needs as a web designer/developer.

Although the book focuses on MODX Revolution, many of the concepts explained apply to MODX Evolution as well, and there is a section at the end of each chapter containing notes for MODX Evolution.

Editions and Sample Chapter

Details about each edition and sample chapter of MODX: The Official Guide.

The Digital Edition

  • Hundreds of updates
  • English
  • Epub, Mobi, PDF, and HTML
  • DRM Free

Buy Digital Edition

Print Edition

  • 772 pages
  • English
  • Published 08-2011
  • ISBN 978-0-9836194-0-6

Buy Print Edition

Try Before You Buy

  • Complete 1st Chapter
  • Full-Table of Contents
  • Full Index
  • PDF of Print Edition

Get Sample Chapter

MODX: The Official Guide HTML template sample.

The Sample Code

Get the sample code that accompanies the book and work along.

Don’t just read the book, try it out at home. Download the code samples and work your way through the examples and master MODX.

Download the Code Samples

About the Author

Bob Ray came to MODX from a background in C++ programming. He took one look at MODX and fell in love. He has been a relentless gadfly with respect to MODX terminology and how to connect users to the underlying architecture of MODX via the Manager user interface. His motto is “developers are users too.”

He is the author of many MODX Revolution components, including QuickEmail, SPForm, EZfaq, ThermX, Personalize, NewsPublisher, MyComponent, ActivationEmail, and Captcha. Bob’s MODX site, has been a source of information and inspiration for countless MODX users.

Bob is a former ski racer and competi- tive windsurfer and he played lead guitar in a punk rock band for several years. He lives much of the year in his RV, wintering in Florida and spending his summers in the Pacific Northwest.

Bob Ray - Author

Buy MODX: The Official Guide Today

Print from Amazon   or   Digital from Gumroad

Hi. We’re MODX.

We’re here to help you fix, build and grow fantastic sites. How can we help?




How can we help?

Tell us the general reason for reaching out so we can connect you with the right team.

MODX Diagnostics

MODX’s Open Source software is 100% free for anyone to download and use. As the team behind it for more than a decade, we know it inside, out, and then some.

Like any software, sometimes things break; we can usually fix them very fast. But, we do have to charge for our time to support our families and fund its ongoing development. There are almost an unlimited variety of things that can cause problems, including server upgrades, corrupt files, accidental changes, outdated software, database hiccups and more. We will save you a lot of time and frustration, and get you back in action.

With our MODX Diagnostic service, we determine the source of issues, and often fix them on the spot. For more extensive problems needing more time, like hacked sites or overdue upgrades, we provide additional estimates and guidance. MODX Diagnostics cost $99 for standard business hours support (US Central Time), or $500 for priority, rush or after-hours emergencies.

If you don’t have budget for professional support from the source, you look for answers in the MODX Forums or Documentation, or seek help from MODXers in the Community Slack, or from MODX Professionals near you.

  I’m not ready to pay, let’s talk…

After submitting this form and completing payment, we will collect your access credentials in a secure support ticket. We look forward to helping restore your site back to full health.

Hi! We’d love to work together.

If you have a simple problem that needs our assistance, please request quick fix help here.

What should we keep in mind?

The project involves:
(select all that apply)
What are you planning?
(select all that apply)

Some other considerations

Specific project information

Commercial Support Customers

Customers with a current Commercial Support agreeement can get help using this form. Learn more about MODX Preferred Support.

Let’s get started

What seems to be the issue?

Contact MODX

We welcome conversations, ideas, inquiries and even the occassional cold sales call, but support and requests about how to use MODX software sent via this form cannot be guaranteed a response. That said, we try to respond to everyone that reaches out to us within two business days.

To report a security issue or file a bug for MODX software, please email security [at] modx.com to reach our security team. If you are looking for help with MODX, many times you can find an answer in the MODX Forums or MODX Documentation, from MODXers in realtime at the MODX Community Slack Channel, or from a MODX Professional near you.

How can we help?