Getting Started with ApPHP AdminPanel (for version 3.0.0 or above)



1. Login and Logout.


This section describes how to perform login and logout from the ApPHP AdminPanel.
Login Logout

1.1 Login.


To perform login into ApPHP AdminPanel open your browser and type in Address Bar
http://{www.mydomain.com}/index.php
or
http://{www.mydomain.com}/{adminpanel_directory}/index.php
When login page will be loaded, select member type (admin/user), enter admin username and password and then click on Login button. If you entered a valid information you will be logged and redirected to the inner part of the ApPHP AdminPanel.


1.2 Logout.


To perform logout just click on Logout link at the top-right part of the screen or type in Address Bar of your browser
http://{www.mydomain.com}/{adminpanel_directory}/logout.php
and then press Enter.



2. General.


This section describes how to work with general AdminPanel Tools.
Dashboard View Changing Panel Settings Placing Menu on the Top (Horizontal Menu Style)

2.1 Dashboard.


The goal of the dashboard is to automatically show for member the useful icons, tips and other important objects. To place icon of some page to the Dashboard go to General -> Panel Menu Manager, then click on [Edit] link and check "Yes" in Show In Dashboard? option.


2.2 Panel Settings.


To change ApPHP AdminPanel Settings - select from the left menu: General -> Panel Settings. You will see AdminPanel Settings page with possibility to change important parameters. There are 5 tabs on this page: General Settings, Visual Settings, Users & Admins Settings, Security Settings and Mail Settings.

On General Settings tab you may change General Settings of ApPHP AdminPanel:
  • Site Name
  • Site Address
  • Admin Email
  • Default Language
  • Database Type

On Visual Settings tab you may change Visual Settings of ApPHP AdminPanel:
  • Header (required)
  • Panel CSS style
  • DataGrid CSS style
  • Menu placement
  • Side Panel scrolling
  • Alert Panel State
  • Home Panel State
  • Dashboard Icons drawing type
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Panel Time Zone

On Users & Admins Settings tab you may edit Users and Admins Settings of AdminPanel:
  • Allow Password Recovery
  • Excessive Logins Timeout
  • Allow editing user password
  • User Excessive Logins
  • Allow editing admin password
  • Admin Excessive Logins

On Security Settings tab you may edit Security Settings of AdminPanel:
  • Session Timeout length
  • Passwords Encryption
  • Passwords Encryption type
  • Allow "Remember me"
  • Force HTTPS protocol

On Mail Settings tab you may edit settings of mail features:
  • Mailer
  • SMTP Address
  • SMTP Port
  • SMTP Username/Password

Change the settings you want to suit your needs and then click on Update button to save these changes.


2.3 Countries.


Select Countries from General Menu. On this page you can manage a list of countries. Countries page is managed with a standard PHP DataGrid page. You can add, edit or delete existing countries, change priority etc.



3. Accounts Management.


This section describes how to manage administrators and users accounts.
Changing Admin Account Settings Creating New Admin Account My Account

3.1 My Account.


To change your account settings - select from the left menu: Account Manager -> My Account. On this page you can see your login info and change your personal data, like: first and last names, email, username, password etc.

Make all necessary changes if you need and then click on Update button to save them.


3.2 Changing Admin Account settings.


To change Admin Account Settings - select from the left menu: Account Manager -> Admins. You will see the Admins Manager page. Click on Edit link from the left column and DataGrid will open this record in Edit Mode. Change the data according to your needs and then click on Update button to save these changes.


3.3 Creating New Admin.


To add new administrator, open Admins Manager page (see 3.2) and click on + Add New link. Enter all data you need, including admin username and password and then click on Create button to finish this operation.



4. Menu Management.


This section describes how to manage menu groups and menu options.

4.1 Menu Groups.


To start working with Menu Groups - select from the left menu: General -> Panel Menu Manager. You will see the Menu Manager page that allows you to manage menu groups.
Menu Manager Editing Menu Group

4.1.1 Creating Menu Group.

To add new Menu Group, open Menu Manager page (see 4.1) and click on + Add New link. Enter all needed data and then click on Create button.
The data, that has to be entered:
  • Menu Group Name (required) - Menu Group name, that will appear on Menu Panel
  • Order Index (required) - sequence order of Menu Group
  • Hidden - hide or show Menu Group in Menu Panel
  • Removable - allow or not to remove this Menu Group from Menu Manager page
  • Show In Menu - show or not this Menu Group in Menu Panel
  • Show In Dashboard - show or not this Menu Group in Dashboard

4.1.2 Editing Menu Group.

To edit existing Menu Group, open Menu Manager page (see 4.1) and click on Edit link in appropriate Group. Change all data you need and then click on Update button.

4.1.3 Deleting Menu Group.

To delete existing Menu Group, open Menu Manager page (see 4.1) and click on Delete link in appropriate Group. This operation will delete all Menu Options, pages and images, associated with this Group.

4.2 Menu Options (links).


To start working with Menu Options (links in menu) - select from the left menu: General -> Menu Manager. Then click on Menu Options link in appropriate Group. You will open the Menu Options Manager page, that allows you to manage menu Menu Options for selected Group.
Menu Options Manager Editing Menu Options

4.2.1 Creating Menu Options.

To add new Menu Option, open Menu Options Manager page (see 4.2) and click on + Add New link. Enter all needed data and then click on Create button.
The data, that has to be entered:
  • Menu Option Name (required) - Menu Option Name, that will appear on Menu Panel
  • Page Type (required) - type of created page
  • Page Name (required) - name of page, that will be created
  • Order Index (required) - sequence order of Menu Option
  • Removable - allow or not to remove this Menu Option from Menu Options Manager page
  • Hidden - hide or show Menu Option in Menu Panel
  • Show In Menu - show or not this Menu Option in Menu Panel
  • Show In Dashboard - show or not this Menu Option in Dashboard
  • Icon - upload icon image, to be used in Dashboard
  • Create File? - whether to create file or not

4.2.2 Editing Menu Option.

To edit existing Menu Option, open Menu Options Manager page (see 4.2) and click on Edit link in appropriate Option. Change all data you need and then click on Update button.

4.2.3 Deleting Menu Option.

To delete existing Menu Option, open Menu Options Manager page (see 4.2) and click on Delete link in appropriate Option. This operation will delete page and images, associated with this Menu Option.



5. Creating/Editing Pages.


This section describes how to create different types of pages.
Creating Pages Editing of Static Page DataGrid Wizard Editing of Dynamic/DataGrid Pages

5.1 Static Pages.


Static pages may be created while adding new Menu Option (see 4.2.1) by selecting a Static Page option from the Page Type dropdown box. Here is some important data that has to be entered:
  • Menu Option Name - Menu Option Name, that will appear in Menu Panel
  • Page Type - type of created page
  • Page Name - name of Static page, that will be used by system
  • Order Index - display order for Menu Option

Once created, the Static Page can be easily edited from the Pages Manager. To edit existing Static Page click on Static Pages link from the Pages Manager menu. On the page that will be opened find appropriate record and click on Edit link. After all changes will be done, click on Update button to save them.

If you want to delete existing Static Page go to General -> Menu Manager > [Menu Options] and click on Delete link of appropriate page.


5.2 Dynamic Pages.


Dynamic Pages may be created while adding new Menu Option (see 4.2.1) by selecting PHP Dynamic Page option from the Page Type dropdown box. Here is some important data, that has to be entered:
  • Menu Option Name - Menu Option Name, that will appear in Menu Panel
  • Page Type - type of created page
  • Page Name (required) - name of Dynamic page, that will be used by system. For example: my_sites.php
  • Order Index - display order for Menu Option

Once created, the Dynamic Page can be easily edited from the Pages Manager. To edit existing Dynamic Page click on Dynamic Pages link from the Pages Manager menu. On this page find appropriate record and click on Edit link. After all changes will be done, click on Update button to save them.

If you want to delete existing Dynamic page go to General -> Menu Manager > [Menu Options] and click on Delete link of the page that you want to delete.


5.3 DataGrid Pages.


DataGrid pages may be created while adding new Menu Option (see 4.2.1) by selecting PHP DataGrid Page option from the Page Type dropdown box. Here is some important data that has to be entered:
  • Menu Option Name - Menu Option Name, that will appear in Menu Panel
  • Page Type - type of created page
  • Page Name (required) - name of DataGrid page, that will be used by system. For example: users.php
  • Order Index - display order for Menu Option

After creating DataGrid page, you will be redirected to the DataGrid pages Wizard, which help you to create DataGrid page "on fly" in the easiest way.

Also DataGrid Pages can be easily edited from the Pages Manager. To edit existing DataGrid Page click on DataGrid Pages link from the Pages Manager menu. On the page that will be opened find appropriate record and click on Code or Wizard link. Editing action "Code" allows you to edit DataGrid Pages with Text Editor and "Wizard" - with the DataGrid Wizard. When all needed changes will be done click on Update button to save them.

If you want to delete existing DataGrid page go to General -> Menu Manager > [Menu Options] and click on Delete link of the page you want to remove.


5.4 Creating Link.


If you want to create an interanl or external link in one of menu groups go to General -> Menu Manager -> [Menu Options] and click on Add New link. Then select from Page Type dropdown box - "Link" option and enter URL for this link in the Page Name field. Just a link will be created in this menu group that will open appropriate page inside of Admin Panel.



6. Modules.


This section describes how to manage embedded modules.
Modules Edit Module

6.1 Modules Management.


Select Modules Management from the General Menu. On this page you can easily install/uninstall existing modules, change modules settings etc.


6.2 Backup and Restore module.


This section describes how to create and restore backups.
Backup

6.2.1 Create Backup.

ApPHP AdminPanel allows you to create backup of your database. To do this go to Admin Tools -> Backup. On this page you will see a list of existing backups. If you want to create a new backup click on Backup button. After the new backup file is created it will appear in the list of existing backups.


6.2.2 Restore Backup.

To restore existing backup go to Admin Tools -> Backup page and look on the list of existing backups. Select a backup you want to restore and click on [Restore] link at the right side. After the restoring will be completed refresh the site or login again.


6.3 News and Events module.


This section describes how to create and manage news and events.
Backup

6.3.1 Creating and Management.

ApPHP AdminPanel allows admin to create and manage news and events. To do this go to Admin Tools -> News & Events. On this page you will see a list of existing news. News and Events are managed with a standard DataGrid page. You can add, delete or edit news with WYSIWYG editor. You have to add a header, text and date of the publishing. Also you may save this news as a draft or publish it immediately.


6.4 Mass Mail module.


This section describes how to work with the Mass Mail module.
Mass Mail - General View Mass Mail - Preview

6.4.1 Creating email templates.

To create email templates go to Admin Tools -> Mass Mail, then click on [Manage Templates] link (or Admin Tools -> Mail Templates). On this page you could add/edit or delete email templates. You may use predefined variables, like: %CURRENT YEAR%, %FIRST NAME% etc. These variables will be replaces with appropriate values before sending the email.

6.4.2 Sending emails.

Sending emails is a very simple process. Open Mass Mail page: Admin Tolls -> Mass Mail, choose email template you want to use from dropdown box, select a target group of users (or select testing email to admin), enter a subject, edit email text if you need and then click on Send Email button. You can review email by clicking on Preview link.

If you want to clean all data about previous sending just click on [Clean Data] link.


6.5 Users module.


This section describes how to work with the Users module. Users module allows admin to create and manage users, change user accounts settings etc.
User Management

6.5.1 Creating New User.

To add new user go to open Account Manager -> Users and click on + Add New link. Enter all data you need, including username and password and then click on Create button to finish creating operation.

To manage Users Groups go to open Account Manager -> Users and click on [Manage User Groups] link. On this page you may add, edit or delete Users Groups.

6.5.2 Users Management.

To change Users Account Settings - select from the left menu: Account Manager -> Users. You will see Users Management page. Click on Edit link from the left column and DataGrid will open this record in Edit Mode.

Change the data according to your needs and then click on Update button to save these changes.


6.6 Gallery module.


This section describes how to work with the Gallery module. Gallery module allows admin to create and manage image galleries.
Gallery Module

6.6.1 Creating New Gallery.

The Gallery module allows you to create and manage gallery albums on your site. To do this go to Admin Tools -> Gallery. On this page you will see a list of existing albums. Albums are managed with a standard DataGrid page. You can add, delete or edit album info.


6.6.2 Uploading Images to Gallery.

Once album is created you mad add images to it. To do this go to Admin Tools -> Gallery page. Select the album and click on Upload link. On Images Management page you will see a list of uploaded images for selected album. You may add, edit or delete images for this album.


6.7 Calendar module.


This section describes how to work with the Calendar module. Calendar module allows admin to create and manage calendar events.
Calendar Module

6.7.1 Calendar Events Management.

The Calendar module allows you to create and manage calendar events, that may be viewed by visitors. To do this go to Admin Tools -> Calendar. On this page select a day you want in Daily View and then add new event by clicking on "+" sign near the appropriate hours.

After event is created it can bew viewed by external visitors. You may check it by viewing public calendar (click on link [Public View] link at the top of the page)

To delete existing event simply click on delete icon near the appropriate event in Daily View on Calendar page.


6.8 Statistics module.


This section describes how to work with the Statistics module. Statistics module allows admin to view the system statistics about users/admins logons, registrations and other userful information.

6.8.1 Statistics.

The Statistics module allows admin to collect and view following information:
  • Admins Logins
  • Users Logins
  • Today's login/registration info (Users)
  • Map Overlay (Users)


6.9 System Logs.


The System Logs page contains events logged by the system. To view it go to Admin Tools -> System Log page.

6.9.1 System Logs Viewing.

The System Logs module allows admin to collect and view following information:
  • Failed login attempts
  • Database errors
  • etc.



7. Components Upgrade Info.


This section describes how to upgrade embedded components.

7.1 Calendar.


More information about ApPHP Calendar component can be find here.
Online Guide for upgrading of this component with the latest version is here.


7.2 DataGrid.


More information about ApPHP DataGrid component can be find here.
Online Guide for upgrading of this component with the latest version is here.


7.3 DataGrid Wizard.


More information about ApPHP DataGrid Wizard component can be find here.
Online Guide for upgrading of this component with the latest version is here.


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