Moving a ModX Revolution Site to Another Server

Moving a ModX Revolution Site to Another Server

Posted:  December 10, 2013

Moving a ModX Revolution Site to Another Server

Since I am currently running into this issue right now as I type this, I though I would share my experiences with moving a ModX Revolution site from one server to another.  It is not an easy task, but can be accomplished rather easily.

The first thing you will need to do is to verify that your new server has PHP and MySQL installed, along with the PDO drivers.

Next step is to search through your current database and change any physical paths it may contain to point to your new directory structure on the new server.  Once you have this done you are ready to do a mysqldump, if you have access to phpMyAdmin, take the easy route and simply do an export.  Make sure to checkoff the dump/create tables.

MySQL Dump Command: mysqldump -u username -p your_revo_db > /path/to/backups/my_revo_db.sql

Once this is done, make sure you log into your current site’s manager, and clear all your site’s caches and sessions.  If in doubt, simply get into your directory structure and remove everything in the /core/cache folder

Now, package up all your files, and transfer them to the new server.  Make sure you remember the path to these new files, because you will need to update the following files in order for the site to come up again for you.

  • /core/config/
    • Change the path to the following variables, to the value of your new server path
      • $modx_core_path
      • $modx_processors_path
      • $modx_connectors_path
      • $modx_manager_path
      • $modx_base_path
      • $modx_wp-content_path
    • Change $http_host = ‘’;
  • /config.core.php
    • Change: define(‘MODX_CORE_PATH’, ‘/path/to/modx_doc_root/core/’);
  • /connectors/config.core.php
    • Change: define(‘MODX_CORE_PATH’, ‘/path/to/modx_doc_root/core/’);
  • /manager/config.core.php
    • Change: define(‘MODX_CORE_PATH’, ‘/path/to/modx_doc_root/core/’);

Ok, now that you’ve got the files squared away, go ahead and import your database, either through the phpMyAdmin Import interface or through a command like: mysql -u username -p target_db < my_revo_db.sql

Once your database has successfully been imported, you may need to make one last change… There is a value in the XXX_workspaces table, you may need to change the `path` value in here.  If it looks like {core_path}, just leave it alone.

Please make sure you have all your new permissions set properly on your new server, and you should be good to go!

Have fun, and happy coding!


Kevin Pirnie

20+ Years of PC and server maintenance & over 15+ years of web development/design experience; you can rest assured that I take every measure possible to ensure your computers are running to their peak potentials. I treat them as if they were mine, and I am quite a stickler about keeping my machines up to date and optimized to run as well as they can.