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Using the Control Panel

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About the Control Panel

DNN comes with a choice of three Control Panels called the ControlBar (the default setting), RibbonBar and the Iconbar that enable Content Editors (optional), Page Editors, Administrators and SuperUsers to access a range of page management tools and site administrative tasks.


The ControlBar shown with an open Host menu


The RibbonBar shown with an open Admin menu)

The Iconbar Control Panel (logged in as the Host)
The Iconbar Control Panel

Overview of the ControlBar

The ControlBar Control Panel displays a single row of links with drop down menus across the very top of the web browser above the site. All of the links displayed on the left side have an associated drop down menu. The Admin menu is displayed to Administrators and SuperUsers. The Host menu is displayed to SuperUsers only. Users must have Edit Page permissions granted to access the Modules and Pages menus. Finally, the ControlBar can optionally be displayed to Module Editors providing them with a visual reminder that they can edit the current page.

The ControlBar as it is displayed to users with different editing permissions:


ControlBar as displayed to SuperUsers


ControlBar as displayed to Administrators


ControlBar as displayed to Page Editors


ControlBar as displayed to Module Editors. This option may be disabled.

On the right hand side of the ControlBar, is the Edit Page menu which allows users to change the view of the page, and access the page settings etc.

The Admin Menu

Administrators and SuperUsers can click on the Admin link to go to the Admin Console See "About the Admin Pages" - OR - Mouse over the Admin link to view the drop down Admin menu and then select the desired function. Functions are grouped together beneath two tabs, called "Common Settings" and "Advanced Settings", which are displayed down the left side of this drop down menu.


Admin Menu (Common Settings) for DNN Platform


Admin Menu (Advanced Settings) for Evoq Content Enterprise

A third tab called "Bookmarked Settings" displays any functions that have bookmarked by the current Administrator. Administrators can add commonly used features to this tab simply by clicking the Add to Bookmarks button that is displayed when the mouse hovered over the name of a submenu.

The Host Menu

The Host menu is only displayed to SuperUsers. SuperUsers can click on the Host link to go to the Host Console. See "About the Host Pages" - OR - Mouse over the Host link to view the Host menu and select the desired function. As with the Admin menu, functions are grouped together beneath two tabs, called "Common Settings" and "Advanced Settings", which are displayed down the left side of this drop down menu. A third tab called "Bookmarked Settings" displays any functions that have been bookmarked by the current SuperUser.

Host Menu

The Tools Menu

The Tools menu as displayed to Administrators and SuperUsers.


The Tools menu of the ControlBar as displayed to Administrators


The Tools menu of the ControlBar as displayed to SuperUsers

  • Upload File: Opens the upload file interface of Digital Asset Management which is located on the Admin > File Management page. Restricted to Administrators only. See "Uploading Files"
  • Clear Cache: Select to clear the cache of all old files. Restricted to SuperUsers.
  • Recycle Application Domain: Select to restart force the server to restart the current site and retrieve all new files. Restricted to SuperUsers.
  • Switch Sites: Select a new site to view by selecting a site from the list. Restricted to SuperUsers.
  • Switch UI Language: Select the language of the DNN user interface. This allows translators to manage the content in a given language (the current language selected on the language selector) but still use a different language for the UI. For example, a user could edit the content in Chinese using an English interface.

The Help Menu


The Help menu of the ControlBar

  • Online Help: Opens the Help resource for this site as set by a SuperUser. Restricted to Administrators only. See "Setting the Online Help URL"
  • Getting Started: Select to view the Getting Started with DNN page which contains links to resources including video tutorials, links to personalizing the site and more. This option is only displayed for new DNN installations. Restricted to Administrators only.

The Modules Menu


The Modules menu as displayed to Administrators


The Modules menu as displayed to SuperUsers

The Pages Menu

Page Management features are located beneath the Pages and Edit Page menus. Users must be granted Edit Page permissions to access these tools.


The two Pages Menus of the ControlBar

Pages Menu:

  • Add New Page: Commence the process of adding a new page to the site. Users must be granted Add or Full Control permissions to the current page. See "Adding a New Page"
  • Copy Page: Select to copy the current (or any other) page including modifying modules. Users must be granted Copy or Full Control permissions to the current page. See "Copying a Page"
  • Import Page: Link to import a page. Users must be granted Import or Full Control permissions to the current page. See "Importing a New Page"

Edit Page Menu:

  • Edit This Page / Close Edit Mode: Select to enable or disable module editing on the current the page by exposing the module action menus. Users must be granted Add Content or Full Control permissions to the current page.
  • Stay in Edit Mode: Mark  the check box to change to and stay in Edit Mode for all site pages. Users must be granted Add Content or Full Control permissions to the current page.
  • View in Layout Mode: Mark  the check box to view the page in Layout Mode. Layout Mode displays the layout of the skin that is applied to the page and shows the location of modules on the page however only the title and module actions menu of each module is shown and module content is hidden. This view allows users to quickly view and change the location of modules on the page. This view is also helpful when a module must be deleted or moved but the module action menu cannot be accessed when the content is displayed. Users must be granted Add Content or Full Control permissions to the current page.
  • Mobile Preview: Opens the Mobile Preview pop up that allows users to see how the current page is displayed on a mobile device. Users must be granted Add Content or Full Control permissions to the current page. See "Previewing a Mobile Device Site"
  • Page Settings: Opens the Page Settings page for the current page. The Permissions tab is only display to user with Full Control. Users must be granted Manage Settings or Full Control permissions to the current page. See "Setting Page Details" and See "Configuring Advanced Page Settings"
  • Page Appearance: Opens the Page Settings page with the Appearance section of the Advanced Settings tab expanded. Users must be granted Manage Settings or Full Control permissions to the current page. See "Configuring Advanced Page Settings"
  • Page Localization: Opens the Page Settings - Localization tab for the current page. This option is only displayed when content localization is enabled on the site. Users must be belong to a translator role. See "Enabling Localized Content"
  • Page Permissions: Opens the Page Settings page for this page with the Permissions tab. Users must be granted Manage Settings or Full Control permissions to the current page. See "Setting Page Permissions"
  • Export Page: Link to export a page. Users must be granted Export or Full Control permissions to the current page.See "Exporting a Page"
  • Delete Page: Select to delete current page. This option is disabled for special pages such as the Home page, Splash page or the User Profile page. Users must be granted Delete or Full Control permissions to the current page. See "Deleting a Page"
  • Publish Page: Select to publish the current page. See "Publishing/Unpublishing a Page"

The Users Menu

The Users menu is restricted to Administrators only.

Overview of the RibbonBar

The RibbonBar displays a single row of options at the very top of the web browser above the DNN site. The links displayed on the left side of the RibbonBar each have drop down menus. The Mode drop down list on the right enables the site to be edited or just viewed.

The Admin menu is displayed to Administrators and SuperUsers. The Host menu is displayed to SuperUsers only. In DNN Platform, users must have Edit Page permissions granted to access the Modules and Pages menus. The permissions required for Evoq Contentand Evoq Content Enterpriseare listed in the below tables.

The collapsed RibbonBar displays a row of links on the left hand side and a Mode drop down list on the right hand side. Depending on the users editing permissions for the current page, there will be between none and five menus displayed on the left side. I.e. SuperUsers have access to five menus (Host, Admin, Modules, Pages and Tools), Administrators have access four menus (Admin, Modules, Pages and Tools), Page Editors have access to two menus (Modules and Pages) and Module Editors cannot access any menus, however they may be able to view the Mode drop down list depending on the Control Panel configuration.


RibbonBar as displayed to SuperUsers


RibbonBar as displayed to Administrators


RibbonBar as displayed to Page Editor


RibbonBar as displayed to Module Editors. This option may be disabled.

The Admin Menu

Administrators and SuperUsers can click on the Admin link to go to the Admin Console - OR - Mouse over the Admin link to view the Admin menu and then select the desired featured. See "About the Admin Pages"


DNN Platform Admin Menu


Evoq Content Enterprise Admin Menu

The Host Menu

Hosts can click on the Host link to go to the Host Console, or mouse over the Host link to view the Host menu and select the desired page. See "About the Host Pages"


DNN Platform Host Menu


Evoq Content Enterprise Host Menu

The Modules Menu

  • Add New Module: Adds a new module to the current page. See "Adding a New Module (RibbonBar)" DNN Platform users must be granted Edit Content permissions. Evoq Content and Evoq Content Enterprise users must be granted Add Content permissions.
  • Add Existing Module: Adds a new instance of an existing module to the current page. See "Adding an Existing Module (RibbonBar)" DNN Platform users must be granted Edit Content permissions. Evoq Content and Evoq Content Enterprise users must be granted Add Content permissions.

The Pages Menu

Note: In DNN Platform, user must have Edit Page permissions granted to access these tools. The permissions required for Evoq Content and Evoq Content Enterprise permissions are listed in the below table.

Actions Section

  •  Page Settings: Link to edit current page settings. See "Editing Page Settings". DNN Platform users must be granted Edit Page permissions. Evoq Content and Evoq Content Enterprise users must be granted Manage Settings permissions.
  • Add: Select to add a new page and configure setting. See "Adding a New Page" DNN Platform users must be granted Edit Page permissions. Evoq Content and Evoq Content Enterprise users must be granted Add Page permissions.
  •  Copy: Select to copy the current (or any other) page including modifying modules. See "Copying a Page". DNN Platform users must be granted Edit Page permissions. Evoq Content and Evoq Content Enterprise users must be granted Copy Page permissions.
  •  Delete: Link to delete current page. See "Deleting a Page" This option is disabled if the current page is a "special page"; which is a page that has been set as the Home, User Profile, Registration, Splash page, etc. DNN Platform users must be granted Edit Page permissions. Evoq Content and Evoq Content Enterprise users must be granted Delete Page permissions.
  •  Import: Link to import a page. See "Importing a New Page" DNN Platform users must be granted Edit Page permissions. Evoq Content and Evoq Content Enterprise users must be granted Import Page permissions.
  •  Export: Link to export a page. See "Exporting a Page" DNN Platform users must be granted Edit Page permissions. Evoq Content and Evoq Content Enterprise users must be granted Export Page permissions.

Copy Actions Section

  • Copy Permissions to Children: Copy current page permission to children pages. See "Copying Permissions to Child Pages" Enabled if page has child pages. In DNN Platform, only Administrator can perform this task.Evoq Content and Evoq Content Enterprise users must be granted Manage Settings permissions.
  • Copy Design to Children: Copy current page design (skin and container settings) to children. See "Copying Design to Child Pages"DNN Platform users must be granted Edit Page permissions. Evoq Content and Evoq Content Enterprise users must be granted Manage Settings permissions.

Add New Page Section

  • Add New Page: Add a new page directly from the Control Panel. See "Quick Add a New Page (RibbonBar)"
  • Update Current Page: Update the page name, menu options and skin for the current page. DNN Platform users must be granted Edit Page permissions. Evoq Content and Evoq Content Enterprise users must be granted Manage Settings permissions.


Pages Menu of the RibbonBar as displayed to Page Editors


Pages Menu of the RibbonBar as displayed to Administrators and SuperUsers

The Tools Menu

Common Actions Section

  • Add User: Opens the Add User page. See "Adding a User Account" Restricted to Administrators and SuperUsers.
  • Add Role: Opens the Add Role page. See "Adding a Security Role (Basic Settings)" Restricted to Administrators and SuperUsers.
  • Upload File: Opens the upload file interface of the site's Digital Asset Management module that is located on the Admin > File Management page. See "Uploading Files" Restricted to Administrators and SuperUsers.
  •   Clear Cache: Select to clear the cache of all old files. Restricted to SuperUsers.
  • Recycle Application Domain: Select to restart the server and retrieve all new files for the current site. Restricted to SuperUsers.

Advanced Tools Section

View Website Section

Switch between sites (sites) using the RibbonBar. Performing this task opens to the default page of the selected site which will be the page set as Home or the Splash page. Restricted to SuperUsers.

  1. Hover over the Tools link.
  2. Go to the View Website section.
  3. At Sites, select a site from the drop down list.
  4. Click the Switch Site link.

Help Section

  • Help: Opens the Help resource for this site. Link (new window) to Help URL defined in Host Settings. See "Setting the Online Help URL". Restricted to Administrators.



The Tools menu of the RibbonBar as displayed to Administrators


The Tools menu of the RibbonBar as displayed to SuperUsers

Setting the RibbonBar Mode

Users can view the site in the following modes by clicking on the Mode drop down.

Select from the following modes:

View: Select to view the site as a typical user will by hiding the editing tools. This hides the module actions menu on all modules and disables the Tools menu.

Edit: Select to edit the site. This displays the module actions menu for all modules

Layout: Select to view the layout of the panes within the skin that is applied to this page and the title and module actions menu of each module within each pane. Use this view to quickly view and update the page layout. This view is helpful if the module action menu cannot be accessed when content is displayed.

Preview: The Preview mode displays the current page as it would be viewed on a specified mobile device.

Overview of the Iconbar

The Iconbar provides a single interface from which authorized users can access page and module management tools, shortcuts to six common administration tasks and quick links to the Admin and Host Consoles.

Maximizing/Minimizing the Iconbar

How to hide or display the Iconbar using the Maximize/Minimize button. This functionality isn't available to Module Editors. The default visibility is set by Administrators.

  1. In the top right hand corner of the Control Panel, select from these options:
    • Click the Minimize button to hide the Control Panel.
    • Click the Maximize button to display the Control Panel.

The IconBar Minimized
The IconBar Minimized

SuperUsers can click either the Admin Console Admin or Host Console Host links (top right) to view the Admin Console or Host Console respectively.

Administrators can click the Admin Console Admin link (top right) to view the Admin Console page.

The Iconbar Control Panel (logged in as the Host)
The Iconbar Control Panel as displayed to SuperUsers

Setting the Iconbar Mode

How to set the mode of the Iconbar Control Panel. Note: The Preview mode that displays the current page as it would be viewed on a specified mobile device is not available on the Iconbar.

  1. Click on the Mode drop down list and select from these options:
    • View: View the page with module editing tools hidden. This option shows how the page appears to site visitors.
    • Edit: Displays all module editing tools available to the current user. E.g. Module menu, add/edit links, Settings button. This option must be selected to edit the page.
    • Layout: Displays the layout of page panes and any modules within those panes. Module content is hidden. This option enables users to view the design of the page skin without the distraction of module content.

The IconBar Mode
The Iconbar Mode Setting

Page Functions Section

The Page Functions section (left) is accessible to Page Editors, Administrators and SuperUsers. It enables users to add new pages (See "Adding a New Page"), edit settings for the current page (See "Editing Page Settings"), delete the current page See "Deleting a Page", copy the current page See "Copying a Page", export the current page See "Exporting a Page" and import a page See "Importing a New Page". Note: Page Editors will have access to one or more of these tools according to the permissions granted to them. Access will change depending on the permissions for the current page.

Module Insertion Section

The Module Insertion section (center) is accessible to Page Editors (users with Add Content or Full Control permissions in Evoq Content and Evoq Content Enterprise, or Edit Page permissions in DNN Platform) and Administrators. It enables these users to add new or existing modules as well as set the role visibility, title, pane and alignment of the module being added. See "Adding a New Module (Iconbar)" and See "Adding an Existing Module (Iconbar)"

Tip: Users must be authorized to deploy a module and be a page editor to add a module to a page.

Common Tasks Section

Page Editors can access this icon:

  • Help button which links to the DNN Online Help URL set by the host. This option is disabled if no help link is provided.

Administrators and SuperUsers can access these additional icons: