Latest MODx Release – MODx Revolution

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The MODx Revolution 2.0 release has gotten a lot of coverage lately. Not only have they added a large number of new features, but it is considered to be a complete rebuild of its predecessor.

MODx 2.0 was released on July 22 by MODx LLC. It is the result of more than 3 years of reinventing the basic code base of MODx Evolution. It is designed to give visual designers an opportunity to have complete control over the entire process including: content structure, design, and overall usability. It is considered to be complete redesign of the original CMS. It showcases the principle of MODx, with the ultimate goal of eliminating the limitations that existed in Evolution. Here is a quick look at what MODx Revolution 2.0 has to offer.

Downloads

There are two different Revolution 2.0 downloads to choose from. The first is the traditional download which includes snapshots from Git. To install it, you simply extract the files from the .ZIP files and follow the Installation Guide. The other option is the Revolution 2.0 Advanced download. It is nearly 50% smaller than the traditional option because most of the core content has been compressed. The Setup will unpack everything during the install. However you must be familiar with making your folders writable and also have SSH access. This download is recommended primarily for people who plan on moving the core, connectors, or manager directories.

New Features

If you are familiar with the previous version, here is a look at some of the most important new features that are available with MODx 2.0.

  • New Caching System – The new caching system is designed to create better site performance and allows for users to create larger sites. You can also override this cache system to use other methods such as Memcached.
  • Contexts – You can use contexts to assign different ways for certain people to view your website. This is ideal to simplify the navigation between sub-domains and multi-sites.
  • Core Logging – The new core logging feature allows for improved error tracking, which makes debugging much easier.
  • Users Definitions – Web and Manager users can be grouped and given different levels and types of permissions/access. The overall user system has been completely redesigned and handled through the ABAC (Attribute Based Access Control) security model.
  • MODx Lexicons Management and Customization – The new Lexicon Manager allows you to add, create, and manage language records for a variety of items including: event notices, label, and terminology (such as local, industrial, or regional).

The new MODx Revolution 2.0 release has quickly gotten fairly solid reviews and may be a good open sourced content solution depending on what you are looking for in a Content Management System.

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