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PDF format. Each editor had access to only his or her own section of the site. I learned MODX, created the site, and wrote simple instructions for each user in a. MODx Content Management System: MODx User Guide Link to a PDF or Word doc. Search for .. You can configure a Resource to deliver a PDF document. ModX Evolution Quick Start Guide You can read more about ModX at their . You can upload content (EX: PDF files and image files) using the built-in File.

If you have added a Chunk but do not see the results of the Chunk on the Resource: Ensure that the Chunk exists. Using Snippets a. What is a Snippet? A Snippet is a piece of PHP code which is written and stored for later insertion and use.

Users who are not comfortable with writing PHP code should not create new Snippets or edit existing Snippets. Note: You can also create a new Snippet by duplicating an existing Snippet. This is done by editing the existing Snippet see Section IV.

This name is used to identify the Snippet in the Snippet list, and will be used when you insert the Snippet into another document. Example: Displays the current date and time. Execute Snippet after saving: If the Snippet is meant to have an immediate effect rather than an effect when viewed on the webpage , checkmark the box. This is usually not necessary. Lock Snippet for Editing sets a security permission on the Snippet so that only Administrator users can edit it in the future.

Snippet Code is a text field in which the PHP code can be entered. Remember to save the Snippet after creating it.

Edit one or more fields of the Snippet. If you attempt to add a Snippet which does not exist i. If you have added a Snippet but do not see the results of the Snippet on the Resource: Ensure that the Snippet exists. Using Files a. Click the binoculars icon to view the file. The file will open in a textbox in the lower half of the screen. You are able to make changes to the file, but you will be unable to save these changes and make them permanent. Click the green checkmark icon to edit the file.

You are able to make changes to the file. A file explorer window will appear which shows the files of your local computer. Locate and click the file which you wish to upload.

Note: You may repeat steps to upload multiple files at one time. Click the red minussign icon to delete the file.

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Note: Deleting a file or folder cannot be undone. Make certain that the file you are deleting is not used by other parts of the site. Deleting necessary system files can damage your site. The new directory will immediately appear as a new folder at the level which you chose.

Using Meta Tags and Keywords a. This name will help you remember what the tag does or represents.

Edit the Name, Tag, and Values as desired. Managing Keywords i. Keywords are simple phrases and have no additional properties. When editing keywords, it is possible to rename or delete multiple keywords at the same time. Hold down the CTRL key while clicking to select multiple tags. Other Functions 1. This is not the recommended way to add content to your MODx site, but it is very useful when converting a site that contains a large number of existing HTML pages.

Click on the desired Parent Resource in the lefthand Site Tree.

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The Import function is capable of processing almost documents per second; thus 30 seconds is more than sufficient for most websites.

The Resources are not directly editable from the Schedule screen. User Administration a. Accessing User Administration The User Administration screens are accessible via the small toolbar in the upper right corner of every screen.

A link to access your Content Manager messages. A link to generic MODx help resources. Type your new password. Passwords must be between 6 and 15 characters long.

Password changes are immediate. You will need to use your new password the next time you access the Content Manager. You will not receive email confirmation of the change. The Inbox The Inbox contains a list of all messages sent to you or a User Group of which you are a member. If we make mistakes, our material can look very wrong to viewers, sometimes without us knowing.

That's where a web content management system comes in. A web content management system CMS lets users push a button to make a new page, add things like a title and some content using controls that look a lot like Microsoft Word, and then publish the result with a particular appearance using what is called a "template".

Pages made with the same template usually look much the same, but the core content is different for each page. Change the template and we change the look of all the pages that use that template, without ever writing any HTML.

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Almost all CMSs store their content in a database essentially a piece of software designed to store and retrieve data very fast.

When a user visits one of your pages, MODX goes to the database, gets the information, assembles it, and sends it off to the user's browser for display. A content management system itself is almost always accessible from the Web. Because not everyone is allowed to edit a site's web pages, a content management system CMS usually asks users to "log in" by entering a username and password into a particular web page. Then users can create and edit pages.

A good CMS has strong security measures that make it very hard for unauthorised users to get around this login system and change "hack" a website. We put content in MODX, and it turns that content into pages and indexes. A web designer can easily change the whole look of the site by editing the templates. MODX is also a content management framework. A web developer can easily use MODX to create new Web applications, so that the site does more things.

MODX was chosen for this site because: MODX makes it easy for authors and web designers and web developers to all do what they need to do; MODX can be used to create a huge variety of different websites; and MODX can be extended very easily in all sorts of useful ways.

This combination of power and flexibility and extensibility and ease-of-use is an unusual and desirable combination. However, building and maintaining a website remains a complex task. And MODX has some functions that you'll need to work a bit to understand. A MODX website is not the only thing your webserver does. You should only do this if you know what you are doing or are being carefully instructed. The following assumes that you have hardened your website along the line set out in the documentation, including: requiring SFTP to access the server moving key MODX directories to locations below the site root; and To access your site files directly, you can use what is called a "Secure FTP" or "SFTP" program.

The program works a lot like Windows Explorer or the Mac's Finder: it shows you your files. Note that while many sites can be accessed using ordinary FTP, your site cannot. Using SFTP makes your site much more secure. If you access your webserver using an SFTP program, you will see a bunch of files with names like "config. All of these are part of your MODX installation.

You should not move or change any of them. MODX uses special words for some of the things it contains and some of the things it does. The first and perhaps most difficult of these is a resource.

Whats a resource? All web pages you see on a MODX site start off as resources.

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Only MODX uses this terminology; other systems use different names or just work differently. But occasionally a resource is not a web page. For a start, a resource may not ever be displayed as a standalone web page.

It may be a container which is not published but which holds web pages that are published. There are actually five forms of resources: documents, articles, weblinks, symlinks, and static resources. You will probably use documents and articles a fair bit; the others you probably wont use much, if at all. A resource is actually any content stored in the MODx database in a particular form with a title and long title, summary, description, publish date etc.

If you understand databases, it may help you to know that a MODX resource is essentially a single database record. A special sort of resource used to create web pages like news articles or blog posts.

Child Any resource which is contained within another resource, also called a parent resource or a container. To use more generalized computer terminology, a child resource is an item in a folder. A resource can be both a child and a parent at the same time. Container A resource which contains another resource. This is another word for "parent". A resource used to create general web pages with text and multimedia content. Element is a generic term for content stored in the MODX database which is not a resource.

That includes templates, template variables, chunks, snippets and plug-ins.

Content editors may only access chunk and snippet elements. A file refers to an actual physical file of any type which exists on the webserver.

This is in contrast to resources, which are held in the website database as a collection of data fields. Static resources typically point to files.

A parent is a resource which contains another child resource inside of it. To use more generalized computer terminology, it is a type of folder. Publication You can create a page, but until you publish it, it wont be visible on the public web. Unpublished documents are shown in italics on the site tree. They can also hold child documents which are published. Resource alias What you and I would call a page name or file name.

On a resource with a plain HTML content type, a resource alias of our-widgets leads to a page name of our-widgets. Each resource has a resource ID a number by which it is identified. Snippet A snippet is a pre-defined piece of PHP code that can be used in various resources. Youll probably never need to create a snippet.Vinita Kumari. Change the text styles to match your or your clients branding You just need to change two styles: "Body Text" for all the body copy, and "Display Roman" for the headings and such.

Replace the Shorewalker DMS logo on the front page 1. File A file refers to an actual physical file of any type which exists on the webserver.

You should only do this if you know what you are doing or are being carefully instructed. You should not move or change any of them.