1. Getting Started
      1. Video Quick-Start Series
      2. Server Requirements
        1. MySQL 5.0.51 Issues
      3. Installation
        1. Basic Installation
          1. MODx Revolution on Debian
          2. Problems with WAMPServer 2.0i
          3. Lighttpd Guide
          4. Installation on a server running ModSecurity
          5. MODX and Suhosin
          6. Nginx Server Config
        2. Successful Installation, Now What Do I Do?
        3. Successful Installation, Now What Do I Do?
        4. Advanced Installation
        5. Git Installation
        6. Command Line Installation
          1. The Setup Config Xml File
        7. Troubleshooting Installation
        8. Using MODx Revolution from SVN
      4. An Overview of MODX
        1. Glossary of Revolution Terms
          1. Explanation of Directory Structure
        2. Roadmap
        3. MODX Revolution Framework Structure Ideology
        4. What's New in 2.3
    2. FAQs & Troubleshooting
      1. CMP Development FAQs & Troubleshooting
    3. Making Sites with MODX
      1. Structuring Your Site
        1. Resources
          1. Content Types
          2. Named Anchor
          3. Static Resource
          4. Symlink
            1. Using Resource Symlinks
          5. Weblink
        2. Templates
        3. Chunks
        4. Using Snippets
      2. Tag Syntax
      3. Customizing Content
        1. Template Variables
          1. Creating a Template Variable
          2. Adding a Custom TV Type - MODX 2.2
          3. Bindings
            1. CHUNK Binding
            2. DIRECTORY Binding
            3. EVAL Binding
            4. FILE Binding
            5. INHERIT Binding
            6. RESOURCE Binding
            7. SELECT Binding
          4. Template Variable Input Types
          5. Template Variable Output Types
            1. Date TV Output Type
            2. Delimiter TV Output Type
            3. HTML Tag TV Output Type
            4. Image TV Output Type
            5. URL TV Output Type
          6. Adding a Custom TV Input Type
          7. Adding a Custom TV Output Type
          8. Creating a multi-select box for related pages in your template
          9. Accessing Template Variable Values via the API
        2. Properties and Property Sets
        3. Input and Output Filters (Output Modifiers)
          1. Custom Output Filter Examples
      4. Commonly Used Template Tags
        1. Date Formats
    4. Administering Your Site
      1. Settings
        1. System Settings
          1. access_category_enabled
          2. date_timezone
          3. access_context_enabled
          4. access_resource_group_enabled
          5. allow_duplicate_alias
          6. allow_forward_across_contexts
          7. allow_multiple_emails
          8. allow_tags_in_post
          9. archive_with
          10. automatic_alias
          11. auto_check_pkg_updates
          12. auto_check_pkg_updates_cache_expire
          13. auto_menuindex
          14. base_help_url
          15. blocked_minutes
          16. cache_action_map
          17. cache_context_settings
          18. cache_db
          19. cache_db_expires
          20. cache_db_session
          21. cache_default
          22. cache_disabled
          23. cache_format
          24. cache_handler
          25. cache_json
          26. cache_json_expires
          27. cache_lang_js
          28. cache_lexicon_topics
          29. cache_noncore_lexicon_topics
          30. cache_resource
          31. cache_resource_expires
          32. cache_scripts
          33. cache_system_settings
          34. clear_cache_refresh_trees
          35. compress_css
          36. compress_js
          37. concat_js
          38. container_suffix
          39. cultureKey
          40. custom_resource_classes
          41. default_per_page
          42. default_template
          43. editor_css_path
          44. editor_css_selectors
          45. emailsender
          46. emailsubject
          47. enable_dragdrop
          48. error_page
          49. extension_packages
          50. failed_login_attempts
          51. feed_modx_news
          52. feed_modx_news_enabled
          53. feed_modx_security
          54. feed_modx_security_enabled
          55. fe_editor_lang
          56. filemanager_path
          57. filemanager_path_relative
          58. filemanager_url
          59. filemanager_url_relative
          60. forgot_login_email
          61. friendly_alias_lowercase_only
          62. forward_merge_excludes
          63. friendly_alias_max_length
          64. friendly_alias_restrict_chars
          65. friendly_alias_restrict_chars_pattern
          66. friendly_alias_strip_element_tags
          67. friendly_alias_translit
          68. friendly_alias_translit_class
          69. friendly_alias_translit_class_path
          70. friendly_alias_trim_chars
          71. friendly_alias_urls
          72. friendly_alias_word_delimiter
          73. friendly_alias_word_delimiters
          74. friendly_urls
          75. friendly_url_prefix
          76. friendly_url_suffix
          77. global_duplicate_uri_check
          78. hidemenu_default
          79. link_tag_scheme
          80. mail_charset
          81. mail_encoding
          82. mail_smtp_auth
          83. mail_smtp_helo
          84. mail_smtp_hosts
          85. mail_smtp_keepalive
          86. mail_smtp_pass
          87. mail_smtp_port
          88. mail_smtp_prefix
          89. mail_smtp_single_to
          90. mail_smtp_timeout
          91. mail_smtp_user
          92. mail_use_smtp
          93. manager_date_format
          94. manager_direction
          95. manager_favicon_url
          96. manager_language
          97. manager_lang_attribute
          98. manager_theme
          99. manager_time_format
          100. context_tree_sort
          101. context_tree_sortby
          102. context_tree_sortdir
          103. session_enabled
          104. upload_files
          105. modx_charset
          106. new_file_permissions
          107. new_folder_permissions
          108. password_generated_length
          109. password_min_length
          110. phpthumb_allow_src_above_docroot
          111. phpthumb_cache_maxage
          112. phpthumb_cache_maxfiles
          113. phpthumb_cache_maxsize
          114. phpthumb_cache_source_enabled
          115. phpthumb_document_root
          116. phpthumb_error_bgcolor
          117. phpthumb_error_fontsize
          118. phpthumb_error_textcolor
          119. phpthumb_far
          120. phpthumb_imagemagick_path
          121. phpthumb_nohotlink_enabled
          122. phpthumb_nohotlink_erase_image
          123. phpthumb_nohotlink_text_message
          124. phpthumb_nohotlink_valid_domains
          125. phpthumb_nooffsitelink_enabled
          126. phpthumb_nooffsitelink_erase_image
          127. phpthumb_nooffsitelink_require_refer
          128. phpthumb_nooffsitelink_text_message
          129. phpthumb_nooffsitelink_valid_domains
          130. phpthumb_nooffsitelink_watermark_src
          131. phpthumb_zoomcrop
          132. principal_targets
          133. proxy_auth_type
          134. proxy_host
          135. proxy_password
          136. proxy_port
          137. proxy_username
          138. publish_default
          139. rb_base_dir
          140. rb_base_url
          141. request_controller
          142. request_param_alias
          143. request_param_id
          144. resource_tree_node_name
          145. resource_tree_node_tooltip
          146. richtext_default
          147. search_default
          148. server_offset_time
          149. server_protocol
          150. session_cookie_domain
          151. session_cookie_lifetime
          152. session_cookie_path
          153. session_cookie_secure
          154. session_handler_class
          155. session_name
          156. settings_version
          157. signupemail_message
          158. site_name
          159. site_start
          160. site_status
          161. site_unavailable_message
          162. site_unavailable_page
          163. strip_image_paths
          164. symlink_merge_fields
          165. tree_default_sort
          166. tree_root_id
          167. tvs_below_content
          168. udperms_allowroot
          169. ui_debug_mode
          170. unauthorized_page
          171. upload_maxsize
          172. use_alias_path
          173. use_browser
          174. use_editor
          175. use_multibyte
          176. welcome_screen
          177. which_editor
          178. which_element_editor
          179. xhtml_urls
      2. Using Friendly URLs
      3. Contexts
        1. Creating a Subdomain from a Folder using Virtual Hosts
        2. Using One Gateway Plugin to Manage Multiple Domains
      4. Customizing the Manager
        1. Customizing the Manager via Plugins
        2. Form Customization Profiles
        3. Form Customization Sets
          1. Customizing Tabs via Form Customization
          2. MODX GitHub Contributor's Guide
        4. Manager Templates and Themes
      5. MODX GitHub Integrator's Guide
      6. Security
        1. Hardening MODX Revolution
        2. Policies
          1. ACLs
          2. Permissions
            1. Permissions - Administrator Policy
            2. Permissions - Resource Policy
          3. PolicyTemplates
        3. Resource Groups
        4. Roles
        5. Security Standards
        6. Security Tutorials
          1. More on the Anonymous User Group
          2. Creating a Second Super Admin User
          3. Giving a User Manager Access
          4. Making Member-Only Pages
          5. Restricting an Element from Users
        7. Troubleshooting Security
          1. Resetting a User Password Manually
        8. User Groups
        9. Users
      7. Installing a Package
        1. Troubleshooting Package Management
      8. Upgrading MODX
        1. Upgrading to Revolution 2.0.5
        2. Upgrading from 2.0.x to 2.1.x
        3. Upgrading from Versions Earlier than 2.0.5
        4. Upgrading to 2.2.x
        5. Upgrading to Revolution 2.0.0-rc-2
        6. Troubleshooting Upgrades
        7. Upgrading from MODx Evolution
          1. Functional Changes from Evolution
      9. Moving Your Site to a New Server, or to Root from Subfolder
      10. Media Sources
        1. Adding a Media Source
        2. Assigning Media Sources to TVs
        3. Media Source Types
          1. Media Source Type - File System
          2. Media Source Type - S3
        4. Securing a Media Source
          1. Creating a Media Source for Clients Tutorial
      11. Dashboards
        1. Assigning a Dashboard to a User Group
        2. Creating a Dashboard Widget
        3. Dashboard Widget Types
          1. Dashboard Widget Type - File
          2. Dashboard Widget Type - HTML
          3. Dashboard Widget Type - Inline PHP
          4. Dashboard Widget Type - Snippet
        4. Managing Your Dashboard
    5. Developing in MODX
      1. Code Standards
      2. Overview of MODX Development
        1. Developer Introduction
          1. Getting Started Developing
        2. Extras Directories
        3. Setting up a Development Environment
      3. Basic Development
        1. Static Elements
        2. Plugins
          1. System Events
            1. OnMODXInit
            2. OnFileManagerBeforeUpload
            3. OnFileManagerDirCreate
            4. OnFileManagerDirRemove
            5. OnFileManagerDirRename
            6. OnFileManagerFileCreate
            7. OnFileManagerFileRemove
            8. OnFileManagerFileRename
            9. OnFileManagerFileUpdate
            10. OnPackageInstall
            11. OnPackageUninstall
            12. OnPackageRemove
            13. OnBeforeCacheUpdate
            14. OnBeforeChunkFormDelete
            15. OnBeforeChunkFormSave
            16. OnBeforeDocFormDelete
            17. OnBeforeDocFormSave
            18. OnBeforeEmptyTrash
            19. OnBeforeManagerLogin
            20. OnBeforeManagerLogout
            21. OnBeforeManagerPageInit
            22. OnBeforePluginFormDelete
            23. OnBeforePluginFormSave
            24. OnBeforeSaveWebPageCache
            25. OnBeforeSnipFormDelete
            26. OnBeforeSnipFormSave
            27. OnBeforeTempFormDelete
            28. OnBeforeTempFormSave
            29. OnBeforeTVFormDelete
            30. OnBeforeTVFormSave
            31. OnBeforeUserActivate
            32. OnBeforeUserFormDelete
            33. OnBeforeUserFormSave
            34. OnBeforeWebLogin
            35. OnBeforeWebLogout
            36. OnCacheUpdate
            37. OnCategoryBeforeRemove
            38. OnCategoryBeforeSave
            39. OnCategoryRemove
            40. OnCategorySave
            41. OnChunkBeforeRemove
            42. OnChunkBeforeSave
            43. OnChunkFormDelete
            44. OnChunkFormPrerender
            45. OnChunkFormRender
            46. OnChunkFormSave
            47. OnChunkRemove
            48. OnChunkSave
            49. OnContextBeforeRemove
            50. OnContextBeforeSave
            51. OnContextFormPrerender
            52. OnContextFormRender
            53. OnContextRemove
            54. OnContextSave
            55. OnDocFormDelete
            56. OnDocFormPrerender
            57. OnDocFormRender
            58. OnDocFormSave
            59. OnDocPublished
            60. OnDocUnPublished
            61. OnEmptyTrash
            62. OnFileManagerUpload
            63. OnHandleRequest
            64. OnInitCulture
            65. OnLoadWebDocument
            66. OnLoadWebPageCache
            67. OnManagerAuthentication
            68. OnManagerLogin
            69. OnManagerLoginFormPrerender
            70. OnManagerLoginFormRender
            71. OnManagerLogout
            72. OnManagerPageAfterRender
            73. OnManagerPageBeforeRender
            74. OnManagerPageInit
            75. OnPageNotFound
            76. OnPageUnauthorized
            77. OnParseDocument
            78. OnPluginBeforeRemove
            79. OnPluginBeforeSave
            80. OnPluginEventRemove
            81. OnPluginFormDelete
            82. OnPluginFormPrerender
            83. OnPluginFormRender
            84. OnPluginFormSave
            85. OnPluginRemove
            86. OnPluginSave
            87. OnPropertySetBeforeRemove
            88. OnPropertySetBeforeSave
            89. OnPropertySetRemove
            90. OnPropertySetSave
            91. OnResourceGroupBeforeRemove
            92. OnResourceGroupBeforeSave
            93. OnResourceGroupRemove
            94. OnResourceGroupSave
            95. OnRichTextBrowserInit
            96. OnRichTextEditorInit
            97. OnRichTextEditorRegister
            98. OnSiteRefresh
            99. OnSiteSettingsRender
            100. OnTemplateVarBeforeRemove
            101. OnTemplateVarBeforeSave
            102. OnTemplateVarRemove
            103. OnTemplateVarSave
            104. OnUserActivate
            105. OnUserBeforeRemove
            106. OnUserBeforeSave
            107. OnUserChangePassword
            108. OnUserFormDelete
            109. OnUserFormSave
            110. OnUserNotFound
            111. OnUserRemove
            112. OnUserSave
            113. OnWebAuthentication
            114. OnWebLogin
            115. OnWebLogout
            116. OnWebPageComplete
            117. OnWebPageInit
            118. OnWebPagePrerender
        3. Snippets
          1. Adding CSS and JS to Your Pages Through Snippets
          2. How to Write a Good Chunk
          3. How to Write a Good Snippet
          4. Templating Your Snippets
        4. xPDO
      4. Advanced Development
        1. Caching
          1. Setting up Memcache in MODX
        2. Custom Manager Pages
          1. Custom Manager Pages in 2.3
          2. Actions and Menus
            1. Action List
          3. Custom Manager Pages Tutorial
          4. MODExt
            1. MODx.combo.ComboBox
            2. MODx.Console
            3. MODx.FormPanel
            4. MODx.grid.Grid
            5. MODx.grid.LocalGrid
            6. MODx.msg
            7. MODx.tree.Tree
            8. MODx.Window
            9. MODExt Tutorials
              1. 1. Ext JS Tutorial - Message Boxes
              2. 2. Ext JS Tutorial - Ajax Include
              3. 3. Ext JS Tutorial - Animation
              4. 4. Ext JS Tutorial - Manipulating Nodes
              5. 5. Ext JS Tutorial - Panels
              6. 7. Ext JS Tutoral - Advanced Grid
              7. 8. Ext JS Tutorial - Inside a CMP
            10. MODExt MODx Object
        3. Custom Resource Classes
          1. Creating a Resource Class
            1. Creating a Resource Class - Step 2
            2. Creating a Resource Class - Step 3
            3. Creating a Resource Class - Step 4
        4. Extending modUser
        5. From the Command Line (CLI)
        6. Internationalization
          1. Adding a Translation
        7. MODX Services
          1. modFileHandler
          2. modMail
          3. modRegistry
        8. Namespaces
        9. Package Management
          1. Package Dependencies
          2. Creating a 3rd Party Component Build Script
          3. Providers
          4. Transport Packages
        10. Using runProcessor
        11. Validating Requests: Tokens and Nonces
        12. Developing RESTful APIs
      5. Other Development Resources
        1. Summary of Legacy Code Removed in 2.1
        2. API Reference
        3. Class Reference
          1. modResource
            1. modResource.isMember
          2. modChunk
            1. modChunk.getContent
            2. modChunk.setContent
          3. modUser
            1. modUser.addSessionContext
            2. modUser.changePassword
            3. modUser.endSession
            4. modUser.getSessionContexts
            5. modUser.getSettings
            6. modUser.hasSessionContext
            7. modUser.isAuthenticated
            8. modUser.isMember
            9. modUser.loadAttributes
            10. modUser.removeSessionContext
            11. modUser.removeSessionContextVars
            12. modUser.removeSessionCookie
          4. modX
            1. modX.addEventListener
            2. modX.checkForLocks
            3. modX.checkSession
            4. modX.executeProcessor
            5. modX.getAuthenticatedUser
            6. modX.getCacheManager
            7. modX.getChildIds
            8. modX.getChunk
            9. modX.getConfig
            10. modX.getContext
            11. modX.getEventMap
            12. modX.getLoginUserID
            13. modX.getLoginUserName
            14. modX.getParentIds
            15. modX.getParser
            16. modX.getPlaceholder
            17. modX.getRegisteredClientScripts
            18. modX.getRegisteredClientStartupScripts
            19. modX.getRequest
            20. modX.getResponse
            21. modX.getService
            22. modX.getSessionState
            23. modX.getTree
            24. modX.getUser
            25. modX.getVersionData
            26. modX.handleRequest
            27. modX.hasPermission
            28. modX.initialize
            29. modX.invokeEvent
            30. modX.lexicon
            31. modX.makeUrl
            32. modX.parseChunk
            33. modX.regClientCSS
            34. modX.regClientHTMLBlock
            35. modX.regClientScript
            36. modX.regClientStartupHTMLBlock
            37. modX.regClientStartupScript
            38. modX.reloadConfig
            39. modX.removeAllEventListener
            40. modX.removeEventListener
            41. modX.runProcessor
            42. modX.runSnippet
            43. modX.sendError
            44. modX.sendErrorPage
            45. modX.sendForward
            46. modX.sendRedirect
            47. modX.sendUnauthorizedPage
            48. modX.setDebug
            49. modX.setPlaceholder
            50. modX.setPlaceholders
            51. modX.switchContext
            52. modX.toPlaceholder
            53. modX.toPlaceholders
            54. modX.unsetPlaceholder
            55. modX.unsetPlaceholders
        4. Loading MODX Externally
        5. Reserved Parameters
    6. Case Studies and Tutorials
      1. Developing an Extra in MODX Revolution
        1. Developing an Extra in MODX Revolution, Part II
        2. Developing an Extra in MODX Revolution, Part III
      2. Developing an Extra in MODX Revolution - MODX 2.1 and Earlier
        1. Developing an Extra in MODX Revolution, Part II - MODX 2.1 and Earlier
        2. Developing an Extra in MODX Revolution, Part III - MODX 2.1 and Earlier
      3. PHP Coding in MODx Revolution, Pt. I
        1. PHP Coding in MODx Revolution, Pt. II
        2. PHP Coding in MODx Revolution, Pt. III
      4. Using Custom Database Tables in your 3rd Party Components
      5. Creating a Blog in MODx Revolution
      6. Loading Pages in the Front-End via AJAX and jQuery Tabs
      7. Reverse Engineer xPDO Classes from Existing Database Table
      8. Integrating a Template into MODX Tutorial
      9. Quick and Easy MODX Tutorials
        1. Automated Server-Side Image Editing
      10. Adding Custom Fields to Manager Forms
      11. Create a Multilingual Website with migxMultiLang
      12. Managing Resources and Elements via SVN
    7. MODX Community Information
      1. Becoming a Core Contributor
      2. Filing Bug Reports
      3. Getting a MODx Account
      4. Using GitHub

Making Member-Only Pages


MODX Revolution uses a whole new set of security systems to allow you more flexibility while giving your users access (or denying) to Manager and Web resources. As there seems to be need for a proper tutorial to get you into the basics of working with this advanced system this document has been written.

It's common to have pages in the front end of a site that can only be seen by certain users. This tutorial describes how to do that in MODX Revolution. It assumes that you already know how to let users register and log in using the components in the Login package. The process described below will have no effect on which resources users can see or edit in the MODX Manager.

For those that are savvy enough, below follows a simple list to help you through the maze or to remind you how it works. If you need more information and would like some examples, scroll down to the related subsection below.

  1. Create a Resource Group (Security -> Resource Groups -> Create Resource Group)
  2. Link your member-only resource to the Resource Group. (By editing the resource, or by dragging them from the resource tree to the right)
  3. Create a User Group (Security -> Access Controls -> User Groups -> New User Group)
  4. Add a resource group entry on the Resource Group Access tab (context: web, minimum role: Member (9999), access policy: Resource)
  5. Add users to the user group with the role of Member. (Security -> Manage Users)
  6. Flush permissions (Security -> Flush Permissions) and try it in another browser (not just another browser window: another browser)

Access Wizard explanation (2.2.2 and later)

MODX 2.2.2 ships with an access wizard that simplifies this process. The step-by-step explanation is still valid, but the access wizard simplifies the process. You may wish to read both explanations to gain a better understanding of how each aspect of MODX's security system interacts.

1. Create a Resource Group

Go to Security -> Resouce Groups and click the Create Resource Group. A window similar to this should pop up:

Let's go over each section:

Section Explanation Tutorial Default
Name This is the name of the resource group that we're generating. Make it descriptive and easy-to-remember. Protected
Contexts This is the context where you want the rules to apply. For this tutorial, we only have one context, "web", and we only want to hide things there. web
Automatically give Administrator Group Access Checking this box will give all users in the default administrator group access to the resource group. As of 2.2.1, the default admin user is marked as a "sudo" user and they can view all resource groups, regardless of whether the administrator group has access. However, if there are any other administrators that don't have sudo access and we want them to be able to view the resources in the resource group, we should check that box. checked
Automatically give Anonymous Group Access Checking this box will give all users in the anonymous user group access to the resource group. When someone comes to your website and they're not logged into anywhere, they're considered in the anonymous user group. We want to protect our pages from users who aren't logged in, so let's leave this box unchecked for this tutorial. unchecked
Create Parallel User Group You may not wish to have everyone who can view the member-only pages be in the administrator group (if you've checked the "Automatically give Administrator Group Access" option). In this case, you can create another user group that has access to the resources in this resource group. Let's check that, as our members aren't administrators. checked
Automatically Give Other User Groups Access If you have any other user groups that you've defined previously to this tutorial to whom you want to give access, you can list them here.  

Great! We have a resource group and a user group created. We now need to add resources to the resource group and users to that user group and then we'll be laughing.

2. Add Resources to the Resource Group

We need to tell MODX with resource we want to protect. Let's stay on the same page from Step 1 (Security > Resource Groups). On the right, open up the web context to see all the pages on your site. Drag them from the column on the right into your resource group. Easy, right? An alternative is to go into each resource, go to the Resource Groups tab, and check the checkbox under the "Acces" column and the "Protected" row.

3. Add Users to the User Group

Okay, we've had enough of the Resource Group page. Go to Security > Access Controls. In the Users Groups tab, we can see a list of all of the user groups on our site. Right click on the "Protected" User group. Select "Add User to Group". For the "Name", select the user you want in the user group. For the Role, let's select "Member" for now. Roles define what an individual user can do within a user group, but we don't need that fine of control for this tutorial. Click Save.

It is important to realize that as soon as you have protected a resource by (1) assigning it to one or more resource groups and (2) linking the resource group to a user group using an access control, those pages will no longer show up for users that are not linked to the resource group. The default behavior in that case is displaying the 404-error page. If you would rather return the 401-error, you will need to give the anonymous user group "load" permission for the resource group. More about this in a later tutorial. At this moment in the tutorial, your page will not be visible as you have not yet added it to a user group.

We now have our resources in a resource group, and users in a user group. Done? Sorry, we have a few small things to do first. If you're following this tutorial and this is your first foray into MODX security, you will likely run into a small but important snag: the user group we created doesn't have context access to our front end context, web. In other words, if we could view that context, we could view those protected resources -- but we can't currently view that context. Let's give our user group permission to view that context.

4. Add Context Access to the User Group

Go to Security > Access Controls. Right click on the protected user group. Select "Update user group". Go to the Context Access tab. Click "Add Context". We are presented with a dialog such as the one below. Let's break it down:

Section Explanation Tutorial Default
Context This specifies to which context we're giving access. The basic use case will have web and mgr. Web is the public front-end of your website, and mgr is the private back-end of your website (i.e., the manager that you're logged in). web
Minimum Role This specifies what user roles this rule will apply to. If we want all users in this user group, select "Member - 9999". This is where some of that fine control comes in that we talked about earlier. Member - 9999
Access Policy This specifies what permissions we're giving to the users. Different policies will allow user groups to do different things. Administrator

Let's make one rule with "web", "Member - 9999", and "Load, List and View". If we want users to be able to view the MODX manager, we can add a second rule to give them access to the mgr context: "mgr", "Member - 9999", and "Administrator". All these users will have admin access. If you would prefer to limit their permissions, you could instead choose "Content Editor" or "Developer" for their access policies. Alternatively, you can make your own in Security > Access Policies if you want to be specific about what users can or can't do.

We now have users in a user group, resources in a resource group, and that user group can view the context. We're so close!

5. Flush Permissions

Before you can see a change, you need to reset / flush what your individual users can see and do. Go to Security > Flush Permissions. To test this in the front end, you must use a different browser. 90% of your grief will come from not testing in a different browser or flushing your permissions, so don't be lazy and open that second browser up. Congratulations, you now have members-only pages!

In some cases you may need to clear the site cache, specifically for the mgr (manager) context as elements and resources may cache their permissions.

Step-by-step explanation (pre-2.2.2)

If you're not quite as savvy, or would rather also know what happens when you set a certain permission or make an access entry, you might find this section interesting. As of 2.2.2, MODX ships with an Access Wizard and you might wish to start with that.

1. Create a Resource Group

A Resource Group is a collection of resources which you can link to user groups and access list entries. When you have created a resource group, you can easily classify pages to be only visible for certain user groups, or roles within user groups.

To create a resource group, navigate to Security -> Resource Groups and click on the Create Resource Group button. In the popup you are prompted to enter a name for the resource group. In the tutorial we expect you named it "Protected".

2. Link your member-only resource to the Resource Group

Now that you have a resource group, you should add resources to it. There are two ways to achieve this.

First of all, you can go to Security -> Resource Groups and drag resources from the right resource tree to the left resource groups ("Protected"). The second option is editing your resource, and ticking the right box on the "Access Permissions" tab.

3. Create a User Group

You have a resource group with resource applied to them, now you'll need to decide who will be able to view the resources. For this, we'll make a new user group.

To do this, go to Security -> Access Controls. On the (default) User Groups tab, click on the New User Group button. Choose a name for the group, and submit the form.

4. Add Resource Group access

Move on to the "Resource Group Access" tab. This tab defines the resource groups your user group has access to. Three out of four fields are similar to the Context Access groups, namely the Context, Minimum Role and Access Policy. A new one is Resource Group which, as you probably guessed, defines the resource group the user group can access.

The settings:

  • Resource Group: whatever you named it, for example "Protected"
  • Context: web
  • Minimum role: Member (9999)
  • Access Policy: Resource
It is important to realize that as soon as you have protected a resource by (1) assigning it to one or more resource groups and (2) linking the resource group to a user group using an access control, those pages will no longer show up for users that are not linked to the resource group. The default behavior in that case is displaying the 404-error page. If you would rather return the 401-error, you will need to give the anonymous user group "load" permission for the resource group. More about this in a later tutorial. At this moment in the tutorial, your page will not be visible as you have not yet added it to a user group.

5. Add users to the user group

Now add some users to the user group. You can do this by editing the user, or by going back to the Users tab and adding them from there. It will ask for the User Group, as well as the Role. As we assumed the Member role with an authority of 9999, you can simply use that one.

When using a websignup snippet, make sure it automatically puts them in the right user group.

6. Flush permissions

Now that all settings are done, you will need to flush permissions (Security -> Flush Permissions) before you will see an effect. Also make sure that, if you go to test it front-end, you use a different browser all together. Don't use a different tab or browser window, as it will still use your Manager login to check for permissions.

Please note that in some cases it is also necessary to clear the site cache, specifically for the mgr (manager) context, as elements and resources may cache their permissions.

Help! I can't get this to work, still!

Make sure you followed everything step by step and that you flushed permissions properly. If everything seems to be alright, check again and then go to the Forums to ask for help. If you think the tutorial is misleading or inaccurate, please visit the forum topic (linked below) and post about what is incorrect so it can be fixed.

See Also

Bob's permissions guide: http://bobsguides.com/revolution-permissions.html

Forum topic discussing this tutorial: http://modxcms.com/forums/index.php/topic,51259.0.html

Using the Login Snippet to set up a basic "Members Only" area: Login.Basic Setup

Security: Security

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