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How to: Use the admin interface

The admin interface is accessible by users with the role Webmaster or Administrator. Some advanced features that typically requires web skills are only available to the Webmaster role.

Here is a quick overview of the options in the admin interface.

Overview of recent page updates, drafts, document uploads and basic site properties like version, languages, frameworks etc.

This is where pages/paths are created and navigation constructed.

In templates you control the HTML layout of the site. The layout types are splint into Master layout (typically header and footer)  and page templates. Templates are connected to a master layout, and Sections will use templates when pages are rendered.

Modules define the core output of the page. This could be an article list, article detail, a form etc. Modules are a mix of HTML and CMS specific self-explanatory tags like <rky:title />, <rky:blurb /> etc.. When creating a section you specify the template and which modules it should use.

Styles and scripts
CSS styles and JavaScript can be created in Styles and Scripts. In order to use this, you have to know CSS and JavaScript. These can again be used by Templates and Modules and will be pulled in when the page load.

Collections holds list of data. Like tags, countries, contacts, partners, categories, themes etc that content can be related to.

Content list pages by its content type. The most common content type is Article. Other content types are Document, Video and Photo. The content can be edited directly in this view or on the page where it belongs.

Assets gives you quick access to Images and Files. Upload, rename, resize and delete files.

RSS Feeds
In RSS feeds you can define sources (URL’s that have rss output) to read content from. You can have one or more sources, and each source is connected to a SectionId. This way you can control where these are published.  New items can be fetched by clicking the “Fetch new items” button. Then, click publish on the ones that should be published into your own site.

Forms enable you to create dynamic form inputs. A typically use case is a contact form or a registration form. First you create the form by specifying a title, description etc. Then you build the input boxes that defines the form.

Users with access to the system is defined here. Users can have various Roles (Guest, Editor, Power, Admin, Webmaster) and different levels of Access. Access level is mostly used to control access to password protected areas in the public part of the site, not administration.

Redirects allows you to specify paths in the site that should be directed somewhere else. Useful if content has been moved or deleted. Specify a source path and a destination path. * can be used.

Error logs, 404 logs and system logs are listed here