This is the first page you see after login and can also be access from the "Home" link in the left menu.
The statistics page is split into 2 parts:
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:
In the File Editor interface:
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.
The Package Manager is where some new addon mods are installed, and also where you can check which modules you already have installed.
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.
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 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.
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.