The first page you see after you log in is the dashboard. It provides access to all the functionality you can perform on the site and is curated to guide you through each task. There are different roles on the site that see different options in the dashboard. If you have an advanced level user role you will see additional options.
The Dashboard is subject to change and new or different options may be introduced. Following is a recent screenshot of an example Dashboard:
In the above example you can:
- Search the content of the site using the search box.
- Click the “All Content” link to see a sortable list of all of the content on the site.
- Click the “All Media Files” link to see all the documents, images and other media files uploaded to the site.
- See a list of any unpublished content with links to edit it.
- Click links to “Create a Basic Page” and “Create a News Item.”
- Click a link to reorder the site’s menu items, create new links to on or off site pages and change the menu labels.
- Find helpful links and resources.
Conceptual Dashboard Goals
Consideration of business needs, key performance metrics and ease of access are the main goals. Content editors have expressed a need to easily Find, Review, Create, Publish and Organize content. Also a summary of the site’s health in the form of a manual accessibility review and an analysis block from the Google Analytics module with an area for the COFA Web team to include contextual data analysis should be included. Finally, as an added value we’re considering including a random list of older content. By putting this content up-front and making it easily accessible we hope to encourage content owners to keep it updated.
While our sites do not tend to have a need for scheduling, other points in Lullabot’s Building a Drupal Dashboard are relevant.