Navigating the Admin Panel

Navigating your site during the site-building process

The first step to getting acclimated working in your site is understanding where everything is located and, roughly, what it does. The Admin Panel is how contributors, editors, and site builders get around their site to do what they need to do. The Admin Panel is always located at the top of your screen when you are logged into the content management system. 

Editor Role Toolbar
The "Editor" Admin Panel

The image above is an example of an Editor's Admin Panel. A Contributor will only see the "Content" tab. 

When you first log into your site, the system will open the screen on your home page. A default home page with "lorem ipsum" content has been added if the site was duplicated with the "template" site in Acquia Site Factory by the Site Factory Manager.

Top Black Toolbar

  • Manage
    • Toggles your lower panel on and off
  • Shortcuts
    • Toggles the lower panel to display any custom shortcuts you may have created for yourself
  • UCR Net ID (or your profile name in the CMS)
    • View profile
    • Edit profile
    • Log out

Lower Toolbar

  • Content
    • This is your content interface where you will create new content and edit/manage existing content
    • Any files you upload, such as documents and images, will be viewable in this area
  • Structure
    • Contains elements that will extend and enhance your site:
      • Block layouts - blocks are portable, isolated pieces of content that can be added to defined regions of your site
      • Contact forms - web form creation
      • Content types - if the default content types (Articles, Basic Pages, Events, Profiles, and Galleria) don't fit your exact need and you want to try your hand at creating a custom content type (available to Site Builders only)
      • Display modes - exist to provide different presentations of Content Entities for either editing or viewing. The two types of display modes are "view modes" and "form modes."
      • Menus - all your site's menu systems--including primary navigation, related links, audience links, secondary menus, and custom menus--are found and maintained here
      • Taxonomy - the system of organizing, classifying and tagging your content so it can be connected, related, and shared in different ways through custom terms you define
      • Views - Drupal will display the content you create using robust Views. If you create a news section and incorporate an in-depth Taxonomy, your site will be able to display your News by date, by author, by categories, branding and tags. If the default sets of Views included doesn't completely meet your needs, you can try creating your own Views. (Available to Site Builders only.)
  • Configuration
    • Access to the entirety of this section has been restricted
    • System - Global basic site settings and custom site settings are updated here, this includes the site title, slogan, footer information, etc. 
  • People
    • Access to this section will be restricted to Site Builders
    • Can create, modify, and delete accounts
    • Assign roles and permissions
  • Reports (access restricted to Site Builders)
  • Help

If your content isn't stored in folders or in any particular order when you create it, it begs the question: how do you even find and work on your existing material?

Every piece of content you create will be available to you through the Content section or the Custom Block Library from the Admin panel. The Content page will provide you with a table displaying nodes (pages) you have created, files and images you have uploaded. Custom block created are found under Structure -> Block Layout -> Custom Block Library and available to view by editors and builders.