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The Control Panel has a Top Menu where all the
administrative functions can be found. When you move your mouse over a menu
item on the Top Menu, a drop down list will appear. You will select the
function you want to work with in this list. Some commonly used functions are
shown as icons in the center of the Control Panel. You can click here to select
the function you want to use.
There are a lot of functions in the Control
Panel and we have only practiced some of them. In fact, those are the most commonly
used functions for the majority of websites.
However, you may want to know about the other
functions as well. The following is an overview of these functions. It helps
you pick the right function for the task you want to do. This table will list
and explain these functions in the order of their appearance on the Top Menu.
Frequency of use:
Level of expertise:
For setting up basic configurations of your
- IP Blocking
For blocking computers with certain IP addresses
to access your website. It is normally used to block people from a geographic
region to access your website.
- Website Configuration
For setting up some default values for your
- Theme Manager
This is the file area where the files for different
color themes are stored. You should not move, rename, or delete any of these
files and folders. This area is for programmers use only.
Not recommended to use
For managing members and assigning permissions
to different groups of members.
- User Group
Here, you will determine which permissions to be
granted to a User Group. You can add a new group or remove an existing group. (A User Group consists of members who have the
same set of permissions).
Depending on the website
- User Account
Here, you can activate a member, de-activate a
member, delete a member, assign a member to any User Group. Here, you can also
change the username and password for a member when it is requested. (A registered
user will have an account with the website.
‘User Account’ and ‘Member’ mean the same thing).
Depending on the website (*)
This is the file area of your website. You can
use this tool to upload files to the web server. You should not move, rename or
delete any files or folders because your website may no longer find the files
to display the pages.
This group contains functions to manage
categories, top banner, contact page information, etc. Here, you can also
manage the list of authors and keywords.
For adding, editing and deleting categories.
Here, you can choose a different interface for a category. You can change the way
a list is diplayed and the way an article is displayed on the website. You can
turn on or off the special boxes for Hot News, Hot Video, Hot Photos… Here, you
can also turn on or off any advertisement position.
- Link Categories
Link category is a special type of category used
only for web links. If your website has a page providing a list of links to
other websites, you will use link categories to organize these web links into
groups. Each group is a link category. Here, you will create (and edit) these
- Banner Setup
For uploading top banner and logo to the website.
- System post
This function is used to manage some special
etc. The links to these articles are normally at the bottom of the web pages.
- Contact Page Info
This function is for editing information about
your business or association. Contact Page Info is a special type of article
which contains the address, phone number, email address, etc. of a business or
association. When a viewer clicks on “Contact” or “Contact Us” on your webiste
menu, he will see this article. The Contact page also contains a Contact Form
for viewer to send comments, suggestions or inquiries to the website. You may also
insert a map (provided by Google) to your location in the Contact page.
If your website displays authors along with the articles,
you may need to manage the list of authors of these articles. If necessary, you
can use this function to edit an author’s name. If you edit it here, all
occurrences of this author will be updated.
If your website displays keywords along with the
articles, you may need to manage the list of keywords of these articles. If
necessary, you can use this function to edit a keyword. If you edit it here,
all occurrences of this keyword will be updated.
For managing the content of the website. You
will go to this group and select the kind of content you want to add or edit.
For adding, editing, deleting articles including
the “About Us” article.
- Video & Audio
For adding, editing, deleting video and audio
- Slide Show
For adding, editing, deleting slide shows.
For posting books on the website.
- PDF Books
For posting a book on the website in the form of
a PDF flip book. In this case, the text will become images and the book is
presented similar to a real book. Viewer can flip the pages to read.
For managing the comments submitted by viewers
about a specific article.
For managing advertisements on the website.
- Poll Mgnt
For creating an online survey (poll).
- Web links
For managing the web links if your website has a
page providing a list of links to other websites.
For adding and editing events if your website
has calendar of events.
This function lets you read the message that
viewers sent to the website using the Contact Form. You will also know which
articles are sent to friends by the readers. It also helps you email a
newsletter or an article to all subscribers to the newsletter service.
- Subscribers Storage
If your website regularly sends a newsletter to
your readers, your website will display a subscription form for readers to
subscribe. This function is used to send newsletter to them.
- Contact Storage
This is where you will read comments,
suggestions and inquiries by people who use the Contact Form to submit. You
need to use your own email to reply to these inquiries.
- SendtoFriend Storage
This is where you find out which articles of
your website are sent to viewer’s friends.
Those functions marked as “Depending on the
website (*)” in the “Frequency of use” column are only used with some websites.
You can ignore these functions if your website doesn’t need them. Following are
the kind of websites that may use these functions:
Group” and “User Account” are
used with a website that has many collaborators
to help posting and editing the content. Collaborators are persons
who register as members and were permitted to do some administration tasks for
and “PDF Books” are used when you
need to post a whole book on the website. A book normally contains many
chapters. Each chapter in a book is an article. Some books even group a few
chapters into a part. Your website uses a different approach to reflect this
structure of a book.
is only used when a website allows readers to submit comments about an article.
To prevent from irresponsible comments, an administrator (or a moderator) has
to approve them before they will appear on the website.