Introduction to the EVO Manager

The Manager area is divided into 3 panels
  1. Top: Admin Menus
  2. Left: Site tree
  3. Right: Editing area

You can resize the left-hand panels by dragging the middle bar left or Right.

First Glance

The Admin Menus

The Main Menu links have their own set of pages (Elements, Modules, Users, Tools, Settings).Clicking these links will reveal a dropdown menu with additional items.

1. The Admin Menus
  • Dashboard: ​Takes you back to the main page of the manager
  • Elements: ​Contains all of the “pieces” of your website.
    • Templates​ are the outermost structure and design of your web pages.
    • Template Variables ​allow you to add custom features on a page by page basis.
    • Chunks​ are blocks of HTML code.
    • Snippets​ are blocks of PHP code for the front-end.
    • Plugins​ are blocks of PHP code for the manager.
    • Manage Categories​ is for creating labels to organize your resources.
    • Manage Files​ is for organizing and uploading images and PDFs.
  • Modules: ​Contains the ​Doc Manager​ for performing bulk actions to your resources and the ​Extras​ page for adding/updating snippets & plugins.
  • Users: ​Manage both back-end manager users and front-end web users and roles.
  • Tools:​ additional functionality, including ​Clear Cache​ and ​Remove Locks.
  • Settings: ​(gear in top right) ​Site Configuration​ and various Logs, amongst other items.

Site Resource Tree

The Site Resource tree is a hierarchical listing of your website’s resources, which includes both pages and weblinks. At the top ofthe tree are a series of action buttons: ​Expand Site Tree, CollapseSite Tree, New Resource, New Weblink, Refresh Site Tree, SortSite Tree, Sort Menu Index, Manage Images, Manage Files,Manage Elements, Purge Deleted Resources,Theme Color Switch. Depending on access level, all icons may not be visible.


Right-click on a resource in the Site Tree to see the ​ActionsMenu​. The Actions Menu gives you additional shortcuts.Create ​resources​, ​containers​ and ​weblinks​ in an existingContainer by right clicking on the resource and selecting one of the"Create" options.

If you right click on one of your resources, you'll see a pop-up menu of options for that resource.

2. The Site Tree

Editing Area

The editing area is the main content area of your MODx manager. When you choose to create or edit a resource, you'll find your WYSIWYG editor in this area.

3. Editing Area