Administrative Interfaces

Take a short few minutes to watch this video for the quickest way to become familiar with the administrative interfaces on OpenScholar.

The Control Panel

The Control Panel (shown below) will appear at the left of the screen when you are logged into your site. Click the Control panel button on the top left corner to open the Control Panel to navigate to various sections. 

Control Panel

The Control Panel is the administrative section of your web site. Understanding the Control Panel will allow you to have command of your site’s apps, content, layout, widgets and much more. The next section will walk you through each part of the Control Panel. The Control Panel offers links to a number of administrative choices:

Site Content is the area where you can create, browse, and manage the content of your site. Options under Add and Import are reflected by which apps you've enabled. For instance if you've enabled the "Blog" app, you'll see Blog Entry listed as one of the options.

Site Content

Menu lets you manage and customize all of your site's menus.


Appearance lets you enter the site's breadcrumbs, favicon, subsite themes and select a theme for the site itself.

Appearance Section

Taxonomy lets you create and manage your site taxonomies.



Settings gives you access to the Apps page as well as lets you manage your all of your enabled apps. It also lets you manage more advanced settings such as Google Analytics, privacy, url redirects and more.


Members & Roles section of the Control Panel allows you to invite others to become members of your site so that they may help you maintain the site.

Members and Roles

Help lets you access the OpenScholar documentation site. The Support section lets you submit a helpdesk ticket or browse training videos.

Help Menu

Your User Menu on the top left hand side (next to Control Panel) displays options to manage your account, notifications, a list of all sites you are a member of, and lets you logout of the site. 

User Menu

Layout Button

Layout Button

Layout    Use this Layout button to configure the layout of the section or page you are on. This button will also show up all over your site and are indications that you can edit or make changes.

List View

The list view is the how certain app pages displays its content by listing posts in a vertical format.

The default display style for a list view is the Teaser*.

Apps Using the List View

  • Blog
  • Classes
  • Events (“Upcoming Event” and "Past Events" tab are list view)
  • FAQ
  • News
  • Presentations
  • Profiles
  • Publications
  • Software Release


By default the system shows a shorter version of your posts in the list view. This text is known as the "teaser".

The content that shows in the teaser differs from app to app. When more content is available in the full post a “Read More” link will display. Learn how to Control the Teaser Length.