Help4.x:Site Control Panel
From Joomla! Documentation
The Home Dashboard or Control Panel consists of configurable panels providing access to many default Joomla! functions and features.
How to access
The Control Panel is the default Administrator view after login. To access from other pages:
- Select Home Dashboard from the Administrator menu.
Control Panel Modules
The sub-panels that make up the Control Panel illustrated above are Administrator modules. Each can be unpublished via its configuration icon or published via the list of administrator modules. More modules can be added to suit the Administrator's purposes. For more information see Modules.
The left part of each icon links to the list of items. The right part, the Plus symbol, links to the form to create a new item.
- Users. Opens the User Manager, which allows you to create/delete users, change passwords, modify language and time preferences, and switch which WYSIWYG editor the user has access too. You can also assign users to User Groups, limiting to which aspects of the site they have access.
- Articles. Opens the Article Manager, where you can manage all of your current articles.
- Categories. Opens the Category Manager, where you can create new categories, and publish/unpublish existing ones.
- Media. Opens the Media Manager, which allows you to manage files on your web server. You can delete existing files or upload different ones from your hard drive. You can also create new directories on your web server's file system.
- Modules. Opens the Module Manager, which controls the location and function of modules that are installed on the site.
- Plugins. Opens the Plugin manager.
- Global Checkin Check-in of all currently pending or locked items.
- Cache Deletes all Cache files from the cache folders, including current ones, from your web server.
- Global. Opens the Global Configuration. The global configuration has parameters that, when adjusted, will effect your entire Joomla! site. This makes the Global Configuration perhaps one of the most important areas in your Joomla! back-end. Here you can change many options including, but certainly not limited to: Time Zone, Language, Server Configurations, Session settings, and Meta Data.
- Use the 'New Article' button to create articles quickly.
- Click on 'Recently Added Articles' and 'Popular Articles' to see which parts of your web site have most recently changed or are most often viewed, respectively.