Understanding the Basics: Interface and Concepts

The Control Panel

The Control Panel (shown below) will appear at the left of the screen when you are logged into your site. Click the red arrow to open the Control Panel to navigate to various sections. 

The Control Panel is the administrative section of your web site. Understanding the Control Panel will allow you to have command of your site’s apps, content, layout, widgets and much more. The next section will walk you through each part of the Control Panel. The Control Panel offers links to a number of administrative choices:

Site Content is the area where you can create, browse, and manage the content of your site. Options under Add and Import are reflected by which apps you've enabled. For instance if you've enabled the "Blog" app, you'll see Blog Entry listed as one of the options.


Menu lets you manage and customize all of your site's menus.
menus

Appearance lets you enter the site's layout and select a display theme.

Taxonomy lets you create and manage your site taxonomies.
taxonomy

Settings gives you access to the Apps page as well as lets you manage your all of your enabled apps. It also lets you manage more advanced settings such as Google Analytics, domain, privacy, url redirects and more.

Help lets you access the OpenScholar documentation site. The Support section lets you ask and post questions to the OpenScholar Community.

Your User Icon displays options to manage your account, notifications, a list of all sites you are a member of, and lets you logout of the site. *Note: Un-Subscribe from site as shown below is only available to support administrators, this option will not display for your site.

 

Configuration Gear

 Use these gears to configure the layout of the section or page you are on. These gears will also show up all over your site and are indications that you can edit or make changes.

List View

The list view is the how certain app pages displays its content by listing posts in a vertical format.

The default display style for a list view is the Teaser*.

*Except for the calendar

Apps Using the List View

  • Blog

  • Classes

  • Events (the “Upcoming” tab option is a list view)

  • Events

  • FAQ

  • News

  • Links

  • Media Gallery

  • Presentations

  • Profiles

  • Publications

Teaser

By default the system shows a shorter version of your posts in the list view. This text is known as the "teaser".

The content that shows in the teaser differs from app to app. When more content is available in the full post a “Read More” link will display. Learn how to Control the Teaser Length.

example of teaser

 

Updated: 30Jan17

See also: Getting Started