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MODX Content Management System (CMS) Logo, Revised June 2014).png
The new logo created in 2014.
Original author(s) Raymond Irving
Ryan Thrash
Developer(s) MODX LLC
Initial release 2004
Stable release 2.4.2-pl (MODX Revolution) / 6 October 2015; 4 months ago (2015-10-06)
Written in PHP
Operating system Cross-platform
Type Content Management System
License GPL

MODX /ʔmʔdˈʔks/[citation needed] (originally MODx) is a free, open source content management system and web application framework for publishing content on the world wide web and intranets. MODX is licensed under the GPL, is written in the PHP programming language, and supports MySQL and Microsoft SQL Server as the database. It was awarded Packt Publishing's Most Promising Open Source Content Management System in 2007.[1]


The developers Raymond Irving and Ryan Thrash began the MODX CMS project in 2004 as a mashup of DocVars for Etomite and Raymond's web user add-on. In March 2005, all references to "MODX" were removed from the Etomite forums, coupled with a request from its founder to cease MODX support activities there. At this point, MODX became a fork of Etomite.

By May 2005, the MODX forums were online and Jason Coward joined the project leadership team. In 2007, Raymond left the project on amicable terms. The following year, Shaun McCormick joined the project leadership team.

In 2008, MODX users created a new logo and branding for the project.

In 2010, the first version of MODX Revolution, a complete rewrite of the CMS, was released. MODX LLC was founded in May 2010.[2] May 2010 also saw the first official MODX conference, MODXpo Dallas. The event's main sponsor was Microsoft.[3]

In October 2012, MODX LLC launched MODX Cloud, a cloud-based hosting service for MODX sites.[4]

In March 2013, MODX LLC split MODX Cloud into another company, SiphonLabs. The venture also offered WordPress hosting.[5] This separation was short-lived, and MODX Cloud was re-integrated into the parent company in July 2013.[6]

In June 2013, Mark Hamstra—a well-known developer in the MODX community—launched modmore.[7] modmore is the first major source of premium add-ons for MODX. In November of that year the second official MODXpo was held in Cologne, Germany.

In January 2014, MODX was added to the BitNami installer library.[8]

In July 2014, MODX 2.3 was released to the public.[9] The release—the biggest for several years—features a significantly updated manager interface and various minor feature improvements. In September of that year modmore hosted the first MODX Weekend[10] in Utrecht, The Netherlands.

In November 2015 the MODXpo Conference was hosted by Kochan & Partner in Munich, Germany,[11] with speakers from across Europe and the United States engaging in a 3-day exposition of MODX and the future of the platform.


MODX 3, expected to be a major overhaul of the CMS, is currently in the planning stages. In 2013, it was announced that MODX 3 would be released by the end of the year. This has now been pushed back to an indefinite date, with MODX 2.3 acting as a major interim step.


MODX allows for full segregation of content (plain HTML), appearance and behavior (standards compliant CSS and JavaScript), and logic (PHP snippets).

Additional MODX features include:

Extensions and Modules[edit]

Additional extensions or modules for MODX (installed to enhance the CMS or add additional features) are called "Extras". These extras are installed within the manager as "Packages", delivered by package providers.[12] Out of the box MODX comes with one "Provider", which is MODX's own core package platform.

Additional package providers can be added by administrators, and a number of providers are found on the MODX forums.

Translations and community[edit]

MODX has active, global end-user and developer communities. These communities have translated MODX into their native languages, including: Alsatian, Bulgarian, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazilian and European), Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish, and Turkish. Other active communities reside in India and the United Kingdom.

Recognition, awards, and publications[edit]

Packt Publishing[edit]

In July 2007, MODX was awarded Packt Publishing's Most Promising Open Source Content Management System award.[1]

CMS Critic[edit]

In 2012, MODX won CMS Critic's Best Open Source CMS (Critic's Choice) award.

In 2013, it won Best Open Source CMS (People's Choice).[13]

Reviews[edit] reviewed MODX on January 14, 2008. Its author concluded that "MODX is an easy-to-use, standards-compliant, search-engine-friendly, functional, and extensible CMS…".[14]


Several MODX books have been published, including:

  • Bob Ray - MODX: The Official Guide
  • W. Shawn Wilkerson - MODX Revolution: Building The Web Your Way
  • Antono Solar John - MODX Web Development


Further reading[edit]

  • Wilkerson, W. Shawn (2012). MODX Revolution - Building the Web Your Way: A Journey Through a Content Management Framework. Sanity Press. p. 622. ISBN 978-0-9858532-0-4. 
  • Ray, Bob (2011). MODX: The Official Guide. Dallas Texas: MODX Press. p. 752. ISBN 978-0-9836194-0-6. 
  • MODX Community Japan (2007). MODX CMS: Create the best site! (in Japanese). SOTEKKU Inc. p. 335. ISBN 978-4-88166-573-2. 
  • Spongle, Shane (2009). "Working With a Content Management Framework: MODX - NETTUTS". 
  • John, Antano Solar (2009). MODX Web Development. Packt Publishing. p. 255. ISBN 978-1-84719-490-9. 

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