3.1 About the Dashboard Control Panel

All of the administrative functions that you will need to maintain the portal or its content can be found in the control panel. Additionally, developers can write portlets which can also be added to the control panel. Access the Control Panel through the Admin menu.

Administrative functions are listed in a logical order under main headings.

  • Users: The first section is always the logged in user's personal space. Here, you can change your account information and manage your own personal pages.

  • Sites: The Sites section lists the sites that the logged in user can access.

  • Apps: The Apps section allows you to manage installed applications and install new applications.

  • Configuration: The Configuration section includes configuration options that control how the portal operates and integrates with other systems.

The Configuration section of the Control Panel is used for most administrative tasks, such creating and maintaining:

  • Users

  • Organizations

  • Sites

  • User Groups

  • Roles

Additionally, it allows you to configure many server settings, including:

  • Password policies

    The Dashboard does not support Liferay functionality for password expiration and password lockout.

  • Authentication options, including single sign-on and LDAP integration

  • Default user associations

  • Reserved screen names

  • Mail host names

  • Email notifications

You will use the Configuration section of the Control Panel to create your portal structure, implement security, and administer your users. Note that only users with the Administrator role—a portal scoped role—have permission to view this section of the Control Panel.