New Release: MODx Revolution 2.0.0
July 27th, 2010
Author: Mark Wilston
Category : cms
MODx is a free, fast and flexible content management system which has earned a good reputation and acquired significant user base. It is the first free PHP CMS to offer an API that fully supports Web 2.0 Ajax technology. It does not force you into awkward and confusing blocks-this or channels-that templating engines or layout rules. You can build XHTML 1.0 Strict sites just as easily as a tag-soup-table layout. MODx Revolution is a powerful PHP Content Management Framework that plays nicely with custom code and helps you build sites faster and maintain them with ease. The CMS website developers and users must be excited to know what MODx project team has got for them this time..
The team is proud to announce the release of its flagship web content management platform, MODX Revolution 2.0. “The Rome was not built in a day…”Same applies here. It culminates 3 years of hard work of the team members to create such a brilliant end product.
What MODx Revolution 2.0.0 is all about?
It is a customizable content management platform. It is built on a modern, object-oriented core with a fully documented API for developers. It works on ORM(Object-Relational Mapping) layer powered by its sister project xPDO. It gives visual designers complete control over the design, content structure and overall usability. Design plays an important role in improving the usability experience and facilitating the communication. So, this CMS delegates all the responsibility to the project experts by leaving the site without reacting to the ‘Look and Feel’ of the website.
Ryan Thrash, CEO of MODx said, “Revolution represents more than three years of work reinventing our classic code base. We looked at what was available in both the Open Source and Commercial worlds and thought we could create something truly special and different. We did, and now we’re sharing an amazing platform for consuming APIs, managing content and creating custom web applications with the world.” In the race of providing best CMS solutions, it is very important to bring new innovations in the existing version so as to improve the users experience with time. So let’s see the new features of MODx Revolution 2.0..
- New Core - It uses the database modeling framework, xPDO.
- Completely configurable – It runs multiple sites on one core install, install the core outside of webroot, pick any name for the manager and assets directories, change and restructure every manager menu option.
- Improved caching options – Now say goodbye to 5000 page limit, and say hello to any caching system that you need to implement. This makes MODx an even better candidate for larger sites with lots of traffic.
- Override everything & lose nothing - You can now extend or override any part of the MODx core cleanly and simply, all the while maintaining a clean upgrade path for future releases.
- New Transport Packages – Now Installing just got a whole lot easier. Create custom distributions and more.
- Contexts - This allows developers to assign different views of your site based on pretty much any criteria. This means native multi-sites, subdomains, running the core outside of webroot.
- Core logging – This provides various error levels and output targets including ECHO, HTML, and FILE. You can also use it in add-ons for audit logs, error logs, debugging, or other logging needs.
- Unified, simple tags – It supports calls to MODx resources broken across multiple lines, cached calls within cached calls, and allows PHx-like modifiers to be attached to any Element (Snippet, Chunk, TV, Etc.).
- The Manager is MODx - New Manager has been created for the MODx system by using the MODx API, ExtJS, and Smarty templates, as a demonstration of the flexibility of the new core and API.
- Completely new user system – Now you can handle all the permissions through a robust Attribute Based Access Control (ABAC) security model. Web users and Manager users are now merged into one, simple Users, which can be extended to provide external authentication.
- Lexicon Management - Manage your entire MODx system’s lexicons, all from within the manager.
- Property Sets - No longer do you have to duplicate snippet calls across your entire site. Create a Property Set, assign it, and then manage all the calls in one, simple location.
- Remote Transport Packaging – Install resources by downloading them from custom providers – either MODx-driven or 3rd party – from directly within the Manager.
- New Static Resources - You can manage files on the filesystem (even outside of webroot) within the Manager.
- New Symlink Resources – Now you can have exact clones of other resources in your site tree in as many places as you’d like.
“Revolution is our future,” said Thrash. “To borrow from Spinal Tap, it takes everything people love about MODX to eleven. Not only that, but it can be tailored to your exact requirements even changing how it functions while still maintaining an upgrade path for future versions or migration from our classic code base.”
You can download the new release here.