Understanding the phpFox Admin Control Panel
Written by Stephanie Brown Saturday, 26 May 2012
This article focuses on the basic sections and features of the phpFox admin control panel (admincp).
The Dashboard is the first page you see when you login to your admincp. This page will show you basic site statistics for the day, which admins are currently active, and the latest news and updates from phpFox itself.
A key feature of this page is the AdminCP Notes box. This text box can be used to keep whatever notes are important to you, I have used it when setting up a site to keep track of what has been done and what still needs to be done. I have also used it to keep track of banned members and why they have been banned, ip addresses of spammers, members that have been warned, and even members that I thought might be worthy of a promotion to moderator of the site.
The CMS menu is where you would go to add/remove/edit menus, blocks and pages. Note that the pages here are the custom pages that you can create to hold content not found in other parts of the site and not the pages module.
Your site’s menus are important. Without menus, the majority of your site is inaccessible to your members. You can create new links, modify existing links, add “children” to menu links that will create a dropdown with links, even remove links altogether, using the manage menus and add a new menu links.
Blocks are the content sections on each page of your website. If you don’t have blocks on the various pages of your site, then the content will not be visible
The Users Menu is where you will find all the options for maintaining your members and member groups. You can create and edit user groups, add options for members to cancel their memberships, add options to allow members to be automatically promoted to a different user group, and add custom fields for your members to fill out on their profiles. The most important thing to note is that this is where you would look to edit user group permissions for various aspects of your site. If you want basic members to not be allowed to upload videos, you would edit the privileges for the basic user group to not allow them to upload videos.
The Extensions menu contains the options you need to manage your emoticons, products, plugins, modules, language packs and site theme/template/styles. The management options here allow you to really customize the look and feel of your site.
The Settings menu contains all your site’s basic settings. This is where you will edit your payment gateway information, as well as settings for the majority of the features of your website. You will want to edit your site/system settings as one of the first things you do after installation.
The Tools menu contains a variety of tools you may need to use when doing site maintenance. You can view and manage your site statistics, you can clear the site’s cache, view which members and guests/bots are online, and perform database maintenance. You can also view a brief overview of your server/webspace and resources, as well as a customized phpinfo.php file.
The Modules menu is where you will find some settings/customization options for specific modules that are installed on your phpFox website. You can create ad campaigns, manage RSS feeds, create member subscription packages, create newsletters, and manage the categories for various modules.
This was a brief introduction to the menus in the admincp.