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Site Supervision

Home

This is the first page you see after login and can also be access from the "Home" link in the left menu.

  • If you need to approve anything, you will see some direct links to items to be approved (members, member photos, blogs, comments, etc).

Statistics

The statistics page is split into 2 parts:

  • The first part shows some current stats: total number of members, total number of uploaded photos, total number of blogs, etc.
  • The second part contains graphics showing the evolution of some variables over time. You can see the member growth over time, paid members growth over time and a graph plotting the number of online members at once. The latter one uses only the day maximum (i.e if it shows 30 members online on Nov 1st it means that at some time during the day there were 30 people online at the same time and that is the maximum for that day).

File Browser

Caution: this feature should be used for reference purposes only and is not recommended that you edit files here as it can create white spaces which could potentially break your site and/or layout.

This feature is not meant to replace your ftp client and your file editor!

It's always recommended that you have a complete updated version of all the files on your server installed in a folder on your computer that you use to edit and upload from. This also ensures that you have a backup in the event something should go wrong with your server and/or site, such as a crash or hack.


In the File Browser interface:

  1. clicking on a folder name will change the path to that folder. While the contents of the folder are retrieved from the server, a red box will appear in the top right corner with a "Loading" message. The current explored server path is displayed at the page top. Clicking on any folder in the path will take you to that folder and display its contents.
  2. clicking on a photo name will not do anything. Photos are not editable. But while hovering with your mouse over the photo link, a small thumbnail of the photo should be displayed in the right side of the page (feature not available in IE6).
  3. clicking on a php / txt / html file will start the File Editor and you will be able to edit the contents of that file.


In the File Editor interface:

  1. the site path and name of the chosen file are displayed on the first line.
  2. the contents of the chosen file are displayed in the big textarea and you can make the desired changes in there. Please note that for the files in the skins_site/<skin>/emails path a WYSIWYG text editor is started instead of the default textarea. It might take a few seconds to have the editor started.
  3. clicking on the Save button will save your changes which will be immediately visible on site.
  4. clicking on the Reset button will drop your current changes and revert the contents of the file to the current version on server.

Payment History

This is where you can see all the payments that were made into your account. By selecting the start and/or end date and clicking on the Apply button you can see the payments made during a certain period. The default interval displayed is the current month. Every displayed row in the payments table shows the amount paid (also the refunded amount in red if there has been any refund), the membership the member upgraded to (if this payment is for a subscription), the date the payment has been made, the payment gateway used for this payment (2CheckOut / Paypal / etc), the transaction number of the payment, the real name of the customer and, if received from gateway, the country of the customer.

You can edit every payment or add a new payment if needed. Manually adding a payment is useful when the customer has paid using an offline method like mailing a check, western union money transfer, wire transfer. Also, if you have reason to believe that a payment was a fraud, you can mark that payment as such. Or if a payment marked as fraud is actually not a fraud, you can unmark it. A total is displayed at the bottom of the payments table for all the payments from the current interval. Frauds are not counted and refunded amounts are subtracted from the total.

Package Manager

The Package Manager is where some new addon mods are installed, and also where you can check which modules you already have installed.

Backup Database

This section in your Admin Panel is self explanatory.

You should do backups on a regular basis, how often will depend on how active your site is, on an average or moderately busy site at least once a month is recommended, on a very busy site you may want to consider twice a month or even on a weekly basis.

Store the backups on your PC, not your server. The main purpose of doing backups is in the event your server crashes or has a hard drive failure which could cause loss of your database and site files which you'd need to restore yourself.

Error Log

If something isn't working properly on your site, or if you're getting pages with error messages or blank pages, try looking in your Error Logs in the Admin panel, if there's any errors showing in the logs, within the first 12 lines you should be able to get a clue as to what the problem might be.

If you're getting blank pages and there are no error logs in the admin, try changing your site to debug mode.

In includes/common.inc.php on line 24 you have the following: define('_DEBUG_',0); Set that to 1 then refresh or check the page that's producing the blank screen and it should now show an error message which will often provide you with a clue as to to what the problem is.

Once you solve the problem don't forget to set debug back to 0 again.

Live Activity

Live Site Activity results includes both members and guests browsing the site and allows you observe what activity is going on in real time. The Live Activity also only shows a single page of results and just constantly updates itself in real time.

Activity Log

The "Activity Log" is a bit different than the "Live Activity" as the results are available for the last 30 days of activity which allows you to get a better idea as to how active your site within a given time, or in a given day, and you can also see who's recently logged in or has recently been online.

The Activity features are ideal for seeing what visitors and members are up to on your site, which could be useful in determining how active your site is, what sections or features are most popular, or looking for suspicious activity such as a potential spammer.

admin/site_supervision.txt · Last modified: 2014/04/01 07:19 by admin