If you are considering the MODX books by Packt Publishing, give a little extra thought to why you want them.

It's been a little quiet around here, so it's time for a little update. The past few months I have been slowly working my way through Packt Publishing's MODx Web Development - Second Edition book, and it's time to share some thoughts on the book.

One of the biggest downsides to MODX has always been documentation. If you know where to look you can find the answers to almost any question, but finding them all in one place was a challenge. Packt pulled this information together, providing a good starting point for new MODX users. This brings us to the second edition, once again by Antano Solar John.

I will say this book is somewhat disappoint out of the gate, the title really doesn’t fit the book, as this is a continuation of the first book. This book does a good job of picking up where the first book left off. The author does a good job touching on MODX Evolution as a whole, covering the basics of MODX what any first time user needs to know. The book lends itself better to reading from the start to the finish, but if you understand some of the basics, skipping chapters shouldn't be a problem. If you are just getting started, this book is for you, but if you are already using MODX then stay tuned for the release (or more shipping) of the Official MODX book.


  • General overview of MODX
  • Walks you through building a basic blog site
  • Touches on the future (Revolution)
  • Great for beginners


  • Little to no information for Intermediate/Advanced users
  • Barely any Revolution information despite version 2.0.3 screen shots
  • Almost no troubleshooting information
  • Very Poor title choice

I would hope going forward Packt works closer with the community, and focuses their efforts on specific aspects of MODX (Front end Development, Snippet Development, eCommerce implementation (Foxycart/vision cart)).

Yes, I do realize the Official MODX book is released, however this book is still relevant as it focuses on Evolution and as I understand it the new book is more Revolution based. I am one of those crazy people still using Evolution on new projects, as it's still a great option for some sites, where Revolution is just too much.

Tags: MODX Books, Reviews, Web Development