Dashboard and navigation

Sitefinity CMS main menu gives you access to all Sitefinity CMS features and functions. You use the main menu as the primary navigation in Sitefinity CMS administration (backend).

The main menu is divided in the following sections, represented by sections:

The Dashboard

The Dashboard is the welcoming page of Sitefinity CMS administration.

The Dashboard is preconfigured to display useful links and widgets. You can also customize it, according to your specific needs.

Default Dashboard display

By default the Dashboard displays the following widgets:

  • Content block widget
    The widget displays the title of the page – Dashboard.
  • Sitefinity CMS Welcome widget
    The widget contains useful links to video tutorials and getting started documentation.
  • Analytics Timeline widget
    The Analytics Timeline widget is configured to display a graph of the New Visits metric and a link to the Analytics module.
  • Recent items widget
    • An instance of the Recent items widget, configured to display all recently modified content items and pages, with all statuses, modified by the currently logged user.
    • An instance of the Recent items widget, configured to display all recently modified content items and pages, with all statuses, modified by all users.
    • An instance of the Recent items widget, configured to display all recently modified blog posts, with all statuses, modified by the all users.
  • Configure Dashboard widgets widget
    A widget displaying a link to customizing the widget displayed on the Dashboard.

Customize the Dashboard

You can customize the content displayed on the Dashboard. You can delete and reorganize existing widgets and also add and configure new widgets. There is a dedicated Dashboard widget group that contains widgets used to customize the Dashboard only. You cannot use these widgets on frontend pages. You can also add all other existing widgets to the Dashboard, such as Content widgets or Search widgets.

The Dashboard is a backend page. To customize it, perform the following:

  1. In the main menu, click Administration » Backend Pages » OK, Continue.
  2. Expand Sitefinity CMS and Dashboard group pages.
  3. Click Dashboard page to open it for editing.
  4. To modify the layout of the Dashboard, in the upper-right corner of the page, click Layout.
    For more information, see Design a layout template.
  5. After completing the changes to the layout of the page, you can add and remove widgets.
    For more information, see Add widgets on pages and templates.
  6. You can add and configure both Dashboard specific widgets and all other types of widgets.
    For more information about Dashboard specific widgets, see Dashboard widgets: Customize your dashboard.
    For more information about all other widget groups, see Overview: Built-in widgets.
  7. After you have finished modifying the page, perform procedure Set the status of new pages and content items.

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