Kentico CMS

User Interface Overview

User Interfaces (UI) & menus


Dashboardcustomizable dashboard inside Kentico

After successfully logging in, your Dashboard will load. The tiles displayed are customizable by the content editor. Click on the gear icon called "edit dashboard", near the bottom right-hand corner of the screen.

applications menu with content management section expandedApplications menu

Clicking the Kentico logo on the very top left of the purple bar navigation opens the Applications menu. Content editors only have access to the Content Management section. Here you can easily switch between these areas without going back to the dasboard. These options may vary depending on the level of access granted.

  • Checked-out items: Displays your checked out pages; view this area periodically since pages are checked out to only one person at a time.
  • Forms: Kentico-built forms called "Bizforms"; the web team no longer creates bizforms. We recommend Catalyst Web Q forms as an option.
  • Media libraries: outdated library - UWB has a SmugMug account that's password protected. Staff and Faculty can contact uwbadv@uw.edu.
  • Pages: area where pages you can edit are located
  • Recycle bin: publishers can recover pages they deleted but destroyed pages cannot be recovered.

"Pages" user interface

The user interface consists of several main sections depicted in the illustration below.

kentico user interface overview depicting where the major sections of the U I are.

Edit & preview mode

Allows you to choose between various ways to view your webpage.

edit, preview, and listing buttons on the  U I

Edit 

  • To make edits to a document, you must be in Edit view mode.

Preview 

  • To preview the edits you've made to a document with style scripts put in place to see what your page would look like published. Always preview before publishing!

Listing

  • Displays the child documents of the current page in a list. 

Page action

Document actions are located here; you can create, delete, edit, copy, move, or search.

page actions icons for new, delete, copy, move, up, down, and search.

Content tree

Displays the structure of your web site, documents you have access to, and allows you to organize documents/pages.

the Kentico content tree with some directories shown

Note: All names are lower case, concise, and separate words connect with a hyphen. They form the URL used to access the web page.

Properties tab

Where you can choose the way you want to edit the content of the page. You can choose from editing page content in the "Page" tab or working with the various "Properties" of the page like page title, templates, and more. Learn what the properties tab does.

the page tab next to the form and properties tabs.

Toolbar

The toolbar is available in "edit mode" and provides all of the capabilities to format and add content to the page that you are working on. There are options for text formatting, adding links and images, widgets, calendars, forms, and more.

the editor's toolbar

Learn more about the toolbar features.

Editing/Viewing space

This is the area where you can add your content; typing in text, attaching images, inserting hyperlinks, etc.

This space is similar to working in Word.