The Exponent Menu

Overview

In this area you'll find information about all those settings or screens available from the "Exponent" menu on the menu bar, aka: the Slingbar.

NOTE: The 'Slingbar' menu is only visible when an 'admin' or user with permissions (page 'View' doesn't count) is logged in.

Site Administration Tasks

About ExponentCMS

This menu item provides release information about the installed version of Exponent CMS.  It is important information when resoliving problems, setup issues, or fixing bugs.  If you are an 'admin' user, it will also display the PHP version. ...

Exponent Documentation

Opens the Exponent Documentation/Help site in a new window. ...

Discuss Exponent

Opens the Exponent Forums site in a new window. ...

Manage Site Comments

This command brings up all the comments on  the site and allows you to manage them individually or in bulk by selecting comments, then selecting the bulk action from beneath the list of comments. ...

Manage Site Tags

This command allows you to manage all the tags being used on the site.  It shows how many and what items have a specific tag, and allows editing or deleting tags. ...

Manage Site Categories

This command allows you to manage categories used on the site.  ...

Manage File Folders

This command allows you to create and manage virtual folders used for the uploaded files on the site. ...

Manage Site Forms

This command allows you to manage all forms used on the site and if displayed from within a form module, to assign a form to that module. ...

Design Forms

The Form Designer is used to build forms by adding, removing, or editing form controls.  Though some controls are used for style or information, most controls are used to collect a type or piece of information to be stored in the database for this form.  This allows the form to be used to enter data. ...

View Top Searches

This command allows you to view the top searches on the site (if you are saving search queries) and also display 'bad' searches which may have been conducted.  You may also delete the search query history. ...

View Search Queries

This command allows you to view the searches conducted on the site (if you are saving search queries) and also display 'bad' searches which may have been conducted.  You may also delete the search query history. ...

Regenerate Search Index

This command updates the Exponent CMS search index by deleting the old index and adding a new index to all the site's content. ...

User Management - User Accounts

The User Manager allows you to create, edit, or delete site user accounts.  ...

Create or Edit a User Account

Here you can enter or change information about your user account or user profile.  With administrative permissions, you may also assign the user to available user groups.  Most information can be changed later on, except for the user name. ...

User Management - Group Accounts

The User Group Manager allows you to create, edit, or delete groups of users so they may be managed more easily, especially when it comes to permissions. ...

Create or Edit a User Group

Here you can enter or change information about a user group.  Creating user groups makes it easier to manage larger sections of users, especially when it comes to permissions.  A user group may be automatically assigned to each new user by making the user group setting Is this a Default Group.  You can also redirect users of that group to a specific page when logging in by setting the Login Landing Page.  You may also add restrictions (permissions) to the user group using the Group Global Permissions/Restrictions settings. ...

Manage Group Memberships

The Group Membership Manager allows you to select which users are included in that group.  It also allows you to select which users may edit group membership. ...

User Management - Profile Definitions

The User Profile Definition Manager allows you to turn available profile definitions on or off.  ...

User Management - User Sessions

The User Session Manager allows you to view and kill active user sessions.  You may also kill individual sessions or all session for a given user.  If the display seems too crowded with "unknown" users (not logged on), you can restrict the displayed list.
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User Management - Import Users

This command allows adding/updating user accounts from a comma separated value file. ...

User Management - Mass Mailer

This command allows you to easily send an email to all site users, or selected users, groups, or other email addresses.  This can be done in a single email or in 'batch' mode where one email is generated per address to prevent users from seeing other user email addresses.  You may optionally send an attachment. ...

Turn Error Reporting On/Off

This switch turns on "debugging" mode to assist in tracking down errors and help in Exponent CMS development. ...

Turn YUI Log Display On/Off

This command might be useful to developers debugging javascript code.  It opens a floating window which displays the output of the browser console and 'catches' any Y.Log() calls. ...

Database - Manage Database

This command opens a database manager for the current site database in a new window.  It is a very powerful tool which allows you to view or edit all the Exponent tables and entries.  The application requires the user already be logged into the site and only allows access to the current site database.  It operates similar to phpMyAdmin and includes in-place editing by a ctrl-click on the field, and other nice features. ...

Database - Restore Database

This command allows you to import archived data to restore the site database.  This will overwrite existing tables in the database. ...

Database - Backup Database

This command allows you to export the site database (content) so it can later be used to restore the site. ...

Import/Export Data

This command brings up a display to export or import data (items) from/to existing modules.  Unlike the 'Restore Database' command, this command adds (new) items to the existing module.  And also unlike 'Backup Database', you may select which items and which modules you wish to export. ...

Database - Update Tables

This command updates the database structure by checking and adding any new features.  It is often required after installing an upgrade or a new extension. ...

Database - Optimize Database

This command attempts to remove any overhead in the database and compact it. ...

Database - Repair Database

This command attempts to perform some simple repairs to the Exponent database.  It will attempt to ressurect files missing from the 'recycle bin,' re-establish missing modules that should be displayed in the "aggregation' windows, and a few other fixes by checking missing information against other tables. ...

Database - Fix Table Name

This command attempts to rename any of the mixed-case table names which may have inadvertently changed to lower-case on a windows server.  The BEST fix is to add a 'lower_case_table_names=2' setting to the [mysqld] section of the mysql ini file. ...

Database - Remove Unneeded Table Columns

This command attempts to update the table definitions like the 'Update Tables' command, however, it will also remove any unneeded columns from tables. ...

Database - Remove Unused Tables

This commond removes any database tables marked as obsolete as a result of a site upgrade or extension installation. ...

Migrate 0.9x Site

This command is used to migrate an older version of Exponent CMS to the this site.  It has it's own help area found here. ...

Extensions - Install Extensions

This allows you to upload custom modules, themes, plugins, and views or install patches to the website. ...

Extensions - Manage Modules

In the Module Manager you can change the active/inactive status of modules.  There is a separate tab for all the older 1.0 type modules. ...

Extensions - Manage Translations

This command allows you to select or create a language translation. ...

Extensions - Manage Themes

The Theme Manager displays all the available  themes and allows the administrator to select the current site theme, preview a theme, and configure a theme. ...

Extensions - Turn Mobile View On/Off

This allows the super administrator to turn on or off a session flag which indicates if this is a mobile device.  It comes in handy when designing mobile themes on a pc or forcing mobile mode off for a small device. ...

Extensions - Run Upgrade Scripts

This command allows you to run 'upgrade' scripts manually.  These are the same scripts which are run during an installation upgrade.  Each optional or mandatory upgrade script suitable for the current version will be listed with an option to select it to be run.  This command is provided to 're'run upgrade scripts without requiring and entire upgrade be performed again. ...

System Cache - Turn Minification On/Off

This setting can speed up page loading by condensing information about the pages. ...

System Cache - Clear Smarty Cache

This command is used to delete the web page display cache, which may clear up some display problems after an upgrade or extension installation. ...

System Cache - Clear CSS/Minify Cache

This command is used to delete the css cache, which may clear up some display problems after an upgrade or extension installation. ...

System Cache - Clear Image Cache

This command is used to delete the css cache, which may clear up some display problems after an upgrade or extension installation.  This clears the cache used by the thumbnail generator and the image editor (Pixidou). ...

System Cache - Clear RSS/Podcast Cache

This command is used to delete the rss cache, which may clear up some feed publishing problems.  RSS caching is not currently turned on. ...

System Cache - Clear All Caches

This command is used to easily clear all the system caches, both on the server and in memory.  While it is basically a one-step command for all the other clear cache commands, it does some additional cache clearing. ...

View Recycle Bin

This command displays a list of all the modules within the 'recycle bin' (those modules that have been deleted from a content page.  You may permanently delete these items from the recycle bin if desired. ...

Turn Workflow On/Off

Workflow allows for additional moderation in a multi-user environment.  It adds 'revisions' and 'approval' to supported modules (currently Blog, News, & Text).  Turning Workflow ON adds some fields to associated tables, and turning it off removes those fields (and all revisions).  A 'Workflow' enabled module can be identified on the Manage Modules view. Once 'Workflow' is activated, creating or updating module items behaves differently depending on the user's permissions. ...

Turn Maintenance Mode On/Off

This setting takes the web site offline or places it back online.  It is useful if you are making major changes to the web site such as an upgrade. ...

Check for Updated Version

This command allows you to manually check for an new version of the Exponent CMS software.  This check is normally only automatically perfomed once per session when a super-admin logs in.  The automatic check may also be disabled within the Site Configuration.  If a new version is available, you be provided the version number and offered a download link. ...

Test SMTP Mail Server Settings

A quick and simple test of SMTP Mail Server Settings.  Runs a quick diagnosict to attempt to connect to the SMTP Mail Server.  (Only appears when NOT use php mail()) ...

Manage Definable Fields

This command allows you to manage Definable Fields (currently only used in ecommerce) ...

Configure Website

This displays settings which determine the "look and feel" of the web site.  It has it's own help area found here. ...

Report a bug

Opens the 'Create a Ticket' window on Lighthouse to report a bug.  If you are already logged into Lighthouse, it will display the form to create a new ticket.  Otherwise, you'll need to first log on to Lighthouse. ...