The interface of the Bitrix Site Manager administration control panel is logically divided in special areas thereby providing access to system functions. The interface is built using hierarchical approach: parent areas switch dependent areas to different modes. This allows to hide system functions that a user does not require at the moment, while bringing the wanted functionality to the foreground. The user interface, being managed in such way, ensures that it remains legible and not overloaded.
The user interface includes the following main parts.
The administration control toolbar contains general commands that a user may need to manage a site.
|Opens the site public section (the section accessible by visitors). Hold the Shift key down to open the public section in a new window.|
|Opens the main page of the administration section (Control Panel).|
|Adds the current page to the list of favorites.|
|Shows settings of the currently active module. For example, if you have one of the Site Explorer module forms open, this button shows settings of the Site Explorer module.|
|Displays help topic about the current form, in a new window.|
|Switches to a special form where you can download and install latest system updates.|
|Selects the desired language of the control panel.|
|Ends an authorised administration session.|
This panel is used to choose an isolated set of functions or entities relevant to a specific functional part of the system. Depending on whether a specific module is installed or not, the set of selector functions may vary.
The Content set offers tools which one may require to manage information blocks, site structure (files and folders), or set up and control the document workflow.
The Services function set depends on the presence of modules in the system. The full set of functions allows to manage polls, web forms, advertisement, technical support system, forums and mail system.
The Web Analytics section is entirely dedicated to functions responsible for collecting, processing and displaying the site statistics. This section is only available if the Statistics module is installed.
The Settings section contains tools which can be used to manage users, currencies, templates, obtain system updates, or adjust other parameters of the system and sites.
The menu of this panel depends on the function set selected in the function selector. For example, selecting the Content set displays the following menu:
By selecting items in the tree menu, you can directly access the corresponding functions. This causes the work area (4) to offer user interface for using and manipulating these functions.
This is the main interface part in which you perform most operations: view entities composing the site content (e.g. information block, banners etc.); add content; create or delete files and folders; customize menu etc. The system offers two main types of user interface forms to fulfil these operations:
The main work area forms have many common elements. You are strongly advised to learn their functions - this will help you much in your work.
You will find context bars on both report and editing forms. If an active form allows any action to be performed on the displayed elements, the context bar can be found below the filter. For example, the Catalog: Information Blocks report form displays the following context bar:
The first button adds a new information block, while the Excel button exports the list to the Microsoft Excel format. The Settings button opens a dialog box in which you can customise the table columns, set the default sort order etc.
Report forms are opened whenever you select an item in the tree menu of the Functions, content and structure access area. Report forms display the essential information about entities included in the report. For example, if you select the Banners item in the Advertising section, the system returns with a thorough report about all existing banners:
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The following sections describe interface parts common to all report forms.
A filter, in its core, is essentially a means to search and select data to be displayed in tables of the report forms. By providing search criteria in the filter, you can find and display only the required information (usually a selection of database records).
A typical filter looks like follows:
The Show filter button displays the filter and all its criteria. Clicking the Hide filter button minimises the filter leaving only the filter toolbar and (optionally) the default condition marked with bold typeface. The More filters button opens a pop-up menu in which you can choose individual search conditions to be included in the filter.
Filter fields having a question mark on the side (?) allow using complex logic in filter.
The system uses tables to group and display information. Despite the fact that there are many different types of tables in the system, all they have common fields.
Checkbox columns are used to select one or more elements for applying the desired action to them. Check the box in the table head to select all elements in the table.
You can perform operations on the selected elements by choosing the desired command in the action toolbar below table:
Please pay special attention to the Quick edit command. It allows to modify the most important, frequently used properties of the selected elements simultaneously, without leaving the current report form (i.e. without having to open an editing form).
For example, you can mark information blocks Phones and Accessories in the Catalog: Information Blocks form:
After you click the Quick edit button, editable values of the selected elements will be displayed as input fields:
After you have completed editing, click the Save button to apply changes.
The Action menu column ( ) contains buttons , each of which, being clicked, opens a context menu containing actions available to be performed on a table element. For example, elements of the Catalog: Information Blocks form table offer the following actions:
These forms are used to modify elements comprising the site content, or edit parameters of the system. For example, selecting the Edit command of the information block action menu opens an information block editing form.
Since site elements (or module settings forms) may include a lot of editable properties, some editing forms are implemented using the so-called property sheets. With their advent, property sheets are widely used to enhance user interface, and it's no wonder because property sheets allow to divide numerous properties in logical groups (pages) thus making user interface easy to handle and comprehensive. Usually, properties are grouped in such a way that first property pages in a sheet contain the most frequently used properties, while other pages hold all other parameters.
The figure below illustrates a part of the information block property sheet form.
For short, this help system uses the term tab as a synonym of a property page.
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