The latest SilverStripe CMS administration panel is arranged in four main areas, as shown below:
This CMS menu allows you to navigate to the main sections of the SilverStripe CMS. The CMS menu can be collapsed by using the toggle at the bottom left of the screen. By default, the CMS menu provides you access to your sites pages, files, and images, reports, manage the security of its members and admins, adjust site settings and the CMS Help menu.
The menu you see may change depending on what modules are installed and what permissions your user account has been assigned. The following tabs are part of a typical SilverStripe installation for a user in the Administrators group with full permissions:
This section enables you to order, remove, and add pages. When you have a page selected you can edit the content, publish, unpublish or archive a page among many other things.
This section allows you to create and group new content together to be released all at once. For example, this might include several pages, images and blocks of content that need to be published at the same time across your website for promotion.
This section allows you to add or delete files and to synchronize your view with the actual files on the server. You can also organize your files into folders.
This section shows reports for your site such as pages with broken links or pages with no content. What you see in this section will depend on which version of SilverStripe you are running and what modules you have installed.
The Security section enables you to set up and administer users and user groups as well as control access to various pages or sections. You can also upload these settings in the form of a CSV file.
Here is where you can manage some global settings like the site name and user access control.
Areas within the Pages section
The Tree Management area is found between the CMS menu and page details, and displays as a site tree in a hierarchical format. If a page is selected in the tree its details will be shown in the Navigation toolbar. You can rearrange your page hierarchy. The site tree will indicate if a page is Draft, Modified, or Archived by a page status if a page is published no status will be shown. Because pages can be placed 'beneath' one another in the hierarchy, you may need to expand items in the tree to see items beneath them.
The Navigation toolbar area shows various data relating to individual pages such as page name, navigation label (label in the website menu), URL and general content. The content of each page is typically edited through a text editor (HTML editor), which behaves in a similar fashion to a word processing application (such as Microsoft Word). Content authors can also select to edit the page's HTML directly through the editor.
The Action toolbar at the bottom of the page allows you to save, publish (make publicly available), unpublish (return to draft), unpublish and archive (remove from site tree) or add to a campaign.
Depending on your CMS setup you may see further functionality provided by modules in the Action toolbar.
Edit mode toggle and page preview
You can choose to view the interface in a few different ways, including Edit mode, Split mode (side-by-side edit and preview) or Preview mode (preview only). Within the preview area, you can also toggle between preview states Draft and Published.