From Online Manual
The Administration Center is the control area for the entire forum, allowing the facilitation management of all aspects of the forum. It consists of the following sections: Main, Configuration, Forum, Members, and Maintenance. Administrators and membergroups with the required permissions will be granted access. The Administration Center can be configured so that users are asked for re-authentication before entry.
The Administration Center is the home page of your admin panel. From here, you can change any settings on your forum, ranging from membergroups to board customisation.
The first two sections on this page 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 with important information regarding updates, bug fixes, and security issues. The news here is loaded daily onto this page.
"Support Information" is used to collect data, files, and the version from the forum. This information can be useful 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 their exact version.
Below the live information panels in the Administration Center, forum management is broken down into separate sections, allowing easier administration of the forum. There is a more detailed menu located either above, or to the side of, the live panels (depending on the forum's configuration).