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Touring the Drupal Dashboard

Part of the Drupal For Dummies Cheat Sheet

All Drupal site-building, maintenance, content management, and user management is controlled through the Drupal Dashboard menu bar's administration menus. You can also monitor your Drupal site through status reports accessible through the Reports menu. Here's an overview of the main menu options:

  • Home icon: This takes you to a view of the live site, while leaving the administration menu visible across the top of the page.

  • Dashboard menu bar: Think of this as an administrator's home page. You can configure this page to give you a custom view of the latest activities on the site.

  • Content: Here's where you add and manage existing content on the site. This form allows you to search, move, publish, unpublish, and delete content by type or status.

  • Structure: This menu contains options to control the way your Drupal site is arranged and structured.

  • Appearance: This form lets you install and manage the themes your site uses.

  • People: All user management options are available on this form. Find, add, delete, block users, and manage user roles.

  • Modules: Opens a form that lets you add, delete, enable, and configure modules.

  • Configuration: This menu contains links to configure all the customizable features of your Drupal site. There are many!

  • Reports: Configure, fine-tune, and view information about your site with the report links offered on this menu.

  • Help: This is a built-in set of help pages to assist you in building and maintaining your site.

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