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PRO - Perfect for customers with typical marketing sites


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What is MODX?

The MODX Digital Experience Platform provides everything you need to build, host, and maintain amazing websites your way.

The vendor says that with MODX CMS and cloud hosting, users have complete control over their creative vision and the experiences they deliver, without restriction or compromise. They can focus more on building great digital experiences, and less on hosting and maintaining. If you ever need help, MODX Professionals are available worldwide and direct support from the MODX team is available anytime.

According to the vendor, MODX CMS is the fastest, most flexible, scalable and secure open source PHP CMS. Launch any design and use any front-end framework you want—if you can prototype it, MODX can power it with pixel-perfect precision. Extend MODX capabilities with MODX Extras, an ever-expanding collection of plugins and integrations perfectly built to help you get the most from MODX.

Build, host, and maintain all your PHP projects with MODX Cloud Hosting. While built to get the most from MODX CMS, MODX Cloud brings blazing-fast, secured, maintained and well supported hosting for any modern PHP application. The robust, easy-to-use tools available in MODX Cloud empowers creators to confidently manage digital experiences with ease—no DevOps team needed - without fear of breaking their sites.

MODX Features

Web Content Creation Features

  • Supported: WYSIWYG editor
  • Supported: Code quality / cleanliness
  • Supported: Content versioning
  • Supported: Admin section
  • Supported: Page templates
  • Supported: Library of website themes
  • Supported: Mobile optimization / responsive design
  • Supported: Publishing workflow
  • Supported: Form generator
  • Supported: Content scheduling

Web Content Management Features

  • Supported: Internal content search
  • Supported: Content taxonomy
  • Supported: SEO support
  • Supported: Browser compatibility
  • Supported: Bulk management
  • Supported: Page caching
  • Supported: Availability / breadth of extensions
  • Supported: E-commerce / shopping cart extension
  • Supported: Community / comment management
  • Supported: Import / export
  • Supported: Website analytics

Platform & Infrastructure Features

  • Supported: API
  • Supported: Internationalization / multi-language

Security Features

  • Supported: Role-based user permissions
  • Supported: Multi-factor authentication
  • Supported: User-level audit trail
  • Supported: Version history
  • Supported: Simple roll-back capabilities

CMS programming language or framework Features

  • Supported: PHP

MODX Screenshots

MODX Manager InterfaceSEO Management - page levelEasy editing landing pageEdit files directlyCreate & edit custom fieldsEdit templates in the manager

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MODX Technical Details

Deployment TypesOn-premise, SaaS
Operating SystemsWindows, Linux, Mac
Mobile ApplicationNo
Supported LanguagesEnglish, Czech, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Thai


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What is MODX's best feature?

Reviewers rate SEO support highest, with a score of 9.9.

Who uses MODX?

The most common users of MODX are from Mid-sized Companies (51-1,000 employees) and the Education Management industry.


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Score 10 out of 10
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Great system, really flexible, really fast, really secure especially when hardened (which only takes a few minutes and no plugins are required unlike other CMS)...

Content creation is easy, however this often depends on how it was implemented, a bad implementation (like in any other CMS) will make content creators dislike the system, hence good implementation is key. This would also be the case in any other CMS. If implemented correctly it is way easier [and is] more enjoyable to use than WordPress. For example have had client that came from a WP as well as a typo3 background and they preferred MODX.

As a designer you are not limited to anything. No html code is generated by the CMS. Hence anything goes, we have even build apps that only output json, and the client edits the pages all the same on the backoffice. Very few limits.

Writing custom code is easy using "snippets" hence it is extremely scalable.

It is also fast, really fast, faster than most out of the box, even faster than many flat-file CMS.

Bad things are, that the learning curve is higher than in other cms, and that the community is not as big. However they are very active on slack and questions get answered very fast.

Hosting can be done by MODX directly using their cloud (for a monthly fee), or on your own server.

And it is mature, all in all it is our fav CMS out there.

  • Customize, no limits anything is possible in terms of design and output.
  • Scalable, can grow fast in terms of page numbers and still serve them faster than most CMS out there.
  • Security - its really secure esp if you harden it. Knock on wood, but we never had a MODX site hacked.
  • Fast - caching is great really great speeds
  • Quality add ons - instead of 1000000 plugins MODX has a few that are written really well and do everything you need, fast and optimized.
  • Releases - MODX 3 is taking long to get released
  • Small community
[MODX is well suited for] all websites, from blogs to corporate sites. It is fast scalable and really good. A small site can be build really fast, and a large site can be made extremely scalable. A website redesign is easy to implement with a new template, without having to redo the content. It got great user groups and users and back-office access can be completely customized.

While ecommerce is possible with some really good plugins I would only use MODX with ecommerce for sites where ecommerce is not the primary role. For pure ecommerce sites rather use a dedicated system like e.g. PrestaShop (i would say the same thing with other ecommerce plugins e.g. WP woo commerce don't do it unless its a site add on.)

Great community support on slack.
If you have a paid plugin great support also esp from modmore
If you have cloud hosting MODX support is fast and all servers are optimized for MODX
  • no training
Very easy both manually and via a snippet (which auto upgrade)
Score 8 out of 10
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Verified User
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MODX is currently being used as the main CMS for our university website. It is managed solely by the office of information technology, specifically the marketing and database teams. For our university it delivers a reliable content management platform that allows the university to customize each webpage for various purposes.
  • Ease of use - the MODX platform is very easy to use for someone who may have limited experience in content management.
  • Content blocks - the content blocks within MODX add to the usability and customization of the website being managed.
  • Content Blocks - I mentioned this as a strength, but it also has its quirks. There are times that things do not function properly within the content blocks we have set up.
  • More Customization - The ability for the average user to customize more without having to know a ton of code.
The biggest scenario in which MODX is well suited is for a company who wants to have a top-notch site that is hosted on a CMS that allows a user-friendly experience for both the back-end and front-end users. It would not be suited for an organization does not have anyone in-house that can code who wants to have a lot of control over future designs.
Score 7 out of 10
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Verified User
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MODX was the content management software that my business used for our website. We've since changed to WordPress, but MODX was used for several years before that to custom design and host web pages. It was used by our Marketing and Creative teams and managed by our Development team for the most part.
  • Custom design capabilities.
  • Works well with plugins.
  • Permission systems for users.
  • The user interface was confusing at times.
  • Not a plug and play CMS system.
  • The site manager doesn't always run fast.
In my opinion, MODX is usually the choice of a developer who wants to build out custom designs that create really interesting web pages, but when it comes to being easily used and edited by your marketing team, you can run into a lot of issues and end up making simple changes a more involved process.