The makers describe Modx as a "content application platform" - for the beginner, this means that you can create content offline and then push it onto the web using the Modx Manager backend.  These operations are available with a simple interface and include search engine optimized as well as search engine friendly URLs.  The items that you publish and manipulate using simple drag and drop operations are known as RESOURCES.  Modx references a resource as a webpage location.  There are four different types of RESOURCES in MODx:  Documents, Weblinks, Symlinks and Static Resources. Each page is uniquely identified with a resource identifier. The following article introduces you to this first basic base concept that make up a Modx website: Resources.

 

Identifying Resources in MODx Revolution

  1. In order to identify, add or remove resources in MODx, you will need to first login to the Modx Manager backend
  2. When you login, you will see the following screen:

    modx-login-screen-1

  3. In order to find and manage the resources that you can use with MODx, look for Resources in the top left corner of the screen.  You will see the following:

    modx-basics-resources.png

  4. Using your mouse, hover each part of the menu to see a description of each icon.  The following screenshots identify the different parts of the menu that are described:

    modx-basics-resources-tree-nav Clicking on these arrows will expand or collapse the tree displaying the files and folders containing the resources in the list below the SEARCH box.
    modx-basics-resources-new-document Creates new document resource.  A Document resource is defined by Modx as simply a web page
    modx-basics-resources-new-weblink Creates new weblink resource. The Weblink is a redirect to another URL (local or external) redirecting to the URL
    modx-basics-resources-new-symlink Creates new symlink.  A symlink is a type of redirect that maintains the site URL
    modx-basics-resources-new-static Creates new static resource.  A static resource a virtual representation of a file located on the server
    modx-basics-resources-refresh-tree Refreshes the tree list below the SEARCH
    modx-basics-resources-sort-options Shows Sorting options for search results
    modx-basics-resources-remove-deleted Removes deleted resources
    modx-basics-resources-search Search for resource by name



Each individual resource that you identify, create or associate with your MODx site is uniquely identified.  Each resource can be manipulated.  With your mouse right-click on a resource in the tree, then select EDIT RESOURCE.  You will see something like the following screenshot:

 modx-new-resource

Note that the Resource document has 3 tabs. The Document tab contains the specific information about the content of the page, the Settings tab contains information about the actual file (e.g. HTML, publish date, location, properties), and the Resource Groups is the organizational tab containing information on the group that the resource may belong to.  For more information on resources, see Managing Resources wtih Modx.

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