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When opening a forum's Admin Control Panel, there is a welcome page. On the welcome page, the following items at the center of the page:
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The Administration Center is the control area for the entire forum, allowing the facilitation management on all aspects of the forum broken down into the Main, Configuration, Forum, Members, and Maintenance sections. Administrators and membergroups with required permissions will be granted access, and if configured will ask for re-authentication before entry.
  
'''The following applies to SMF 2 only:'''
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The first two panels that will become apparent are the Live information from Simple Machines and Support information panels.
  
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The Live from Simple Machines panel is used to allow administrators of the forum to keep up to date on important information from Simple Machines regarding updates, bug fixes and security issues. The news here is loaded daily onto the forum.
  
'''Quick Search'''
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Support Information is used to collect data on the forum, its files and version, this can be useful for assisting in diagnosing issues in a support thread at the Simple Machines Community Forum. Selecting the more detailed listing will present a list of files and there exact version.
  
In the Quick Search box, the admin can type in keywords to search for a few different things that make it easier to find certain things on the forum. There is a selection box to the right of the keyword input box where they can select what type of search they want to perform. The current options include searching a task or setting in the admin panel, searching for a member registered on the forum, and even searching the SMF Online Manual.
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Below the live information panels in the Administration Center, forum management is broken down into logical sections, allowing streamlined administration of the forum. Above the live panels / to the side (depending on configuration) will be a menu with more depth than the sections listed below.
  
'''Current News from SMF''' - ''"Live from Simple Machines..."''
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A small search box is also present allowing an administrator to either search the administration section for a setting, or specific member profile, and for support and assistance the option to search this online manual for help.
 
 
This box located in the center of the admin panel shows a news feed that is taken directly from the Simple Machines website. It shows all the latest SMF news. They are all in a brief summary format, but each news item's title links to a topic that goes into much more detail about it. The date the news item was originally posted is included next to each item's title.
 
 
 
'''Support Information'''
 
 
 
Shown in the Support Information box located to the right of the news box, is the following information:
 
 
 
The latest version of SMF, along with the current SMF version that is installed on the forum. It also includes a link underneath this information so the admin can check each of the forum's files. The SMF version number is there, so the admin can see if each file is up to date with the currently installed version of SMF. Also found in the Support Information box is a list of all of the Administrators on that forum. This includes people who only have partial access to the Administration Center.
 
 
 
'''Quick Links'''
 
 
 
There are also some links to some of the more important admin pages toward the bottom of the page, below the Live from Simple Machines and Support Information boxes. Each of these links go to an important section, and include a description of what can be done in each area. The admin is able to return to this page at any time by clicking Administration Center under the Main tab if the 2.x series is installed, and if the 1.x series is installed, there is a menu on the left-hand side of every admin page.
 
 
 
'''The navigation links'''
 
 
 
On every admin page, there are navigation links on either the left side (SMF 1.x and 2.x serieses) or at the top (SMF 2.x series) of every page of the admin center. These links include the Quick Links mentioned on the Administration Panel main page, but also include links to every section of the admin panel.
 
 
 
'''The following applies to SMF 2 only:'''
 
 
 
 
 
The admin can toggle the option to view the navigation links in a box-styled list on the side, or a drop down menu on the top in two ways:
 
 
 
* Navigate to Features and Options and select the setting Use a Sidebar instead of Drop Down Menu
 
* Select the double area icon () and () located next to each menu on any page of the admin panel.
 
 
 
 
 
Alternatively, the admin section on the Online Manual is directly modeled from how the admin panel on the forum is.
 
 
 
[[Category:As an administrator]]
 

Revision as of 01:38, 19 September 2010

The Administration Center is the control area for the entire forum, allowing the facilitation management on all aspects of the forum broken down into the Main, Configuration, Forum, Members, and Maintenance sections. Administrators and membergroups with required permissions will be granted access, and if configured will ask for re-authentication before entry.

The first two panels that will become apparent are the Live information from Simple Machines and Support information panels.

The Live from Simple Machines panel is used to allow administrators of the forum to keep up to date on important information from Simple Machines regarding updates, bug fixes and security issues. The news here is loaded daily onto the forum.

Support Information is used to collect data on the forum, its files and version, this can be useful for assisting in diagnosing issues in a support thread at the Simple Machines Community Forum. Selecting the more detailed listing will present a list of files and there exact version.

Below the live information panels in the Administration Center, forum management is broken down into logical sections, allowing streamlined administration of the forum. Above the live panels / to the side (depending on configuration) will be a menu with more depth than the sections listed below.

A small search box is also present allowing an administrator to either search the administration section for a setting, or specific member profile, and for support and assistance the option to search this online manual for help.