What is the Management Console? ¶
The Management Console is the ultimate behind-the-scenes tool for administrators to control just about everything on their Dozuki site. Use this page to change the site's configuration or access many other administrator tools that will keep your site running smoothly.
Navigation Links ¶
What can you do in the Management Console? The short answer: almost everything. In fact, the Management Console's power is so expansive, we've parceled the functions into handy-dandy navigation links. The left-hand navigation menu on your Management Console might look a little bit different, depending on what kind of user you are signed in as. It includes the following Navigation Links:
- Configuration: Govern site appearance, ads, and info. See a detailed breakdown later on this page.
- Users: Search through and communicate with site users.
- Content: Organize site content with the Category Manager.
- Moderation: View, moderate, and patrol new guides, answers, and edits.
- Site Explorer: View and filter guides, answers, and wikis; monitor activity; and view a site timeline.
- Support: E-mail us for information or help.
- Reports: View useful stats on your content, who's using it, and where.
- Billing: Check out your payment info.
- Upgrades: Change your Dozuki plan
The "General" tab under the Configuration setting opens by default when you access the Management Console. Most of the content on your homepage will be covered under the General category, as well as some of the features that apply to all aspects of the community.
This is what you will be known as; it's how people will know who you are. At any time you may use the edit button to change the title, but don't do this so often that people will never be able to remember who you are.
Your summary shouldn't be more than a single line of catchy and descriptive text. Maybe you have a baking site for people with diabetes, in which case your summary might be "Low sugar sweets for all to eat!"
Take a little more time here to tell people about who you are and what you do. Give a brief overview of your products and services, or just go ahead and brag about your company.
Primary homepage ¶
If your website has a fairly simple goal, you might want to skip the fancy main page and direct users straight to your Guidebook or Answers content. The Homepage field allows you to do this by selecting an option from the drop-down menu that appears after clicking the Edit button.
Custom Domain ¶
This feature is only available for paid sites.
Want to have your own custom domain name? No problem! Simply take advantage of our custom domain setting in your Management Console.
Note: a CNAME entry needs to be added to your DNS (Domain Name Service) before you can enable your custom domain. To add a CNAME, you will have to follow procedures outlined by the domain registrar company you purchased your domain name from. Once you have added your CNAME entry, you can use it on your Dozuki site.
Go get started, click on the "custom domain" button. Enter the custom domain name into the field that appears, then click "Save." As a reminder, you must already own the custom domain name for this feature to actually work.
Once you have saved your custom domain name, the custom name will be displayed in the URL instead of the default Dozuki URL every time someone visits your site.
DNS changes may take 24 hours to propagate to servers all over the world.
Alternate Domain Aliases ¶
This feature is only available for paid sites.
You can also set up as many as three alternate domain aliases for your Dozuki site. As with a custom domain name, you must already own the domain for this feature to work.
To set up an alternate domain alias, visit your Management Console and click "edit" in the corresponding section. Type the desired alternate domain alias into the field and hit "Save". DNS changes may take 24 hours to propagate to servers all over the world.
Here's how the feature works: Let's say the alternate domain alias you've selected is www.alternatedo
Sounds a lot like a custom domain name, right? Well, there is one main difference: an alternate domain alias simply redirects all incoming traffic to your Dozuki site. So, instead of the alternate domain alias appearing in the URL, users will simply see the default Dozuki URL (or your custom domain name if enabled—see above).
This feature is particularly helpful it you want to want to pipe all the traffic from several different URL's onto your Dozuki site.
Store URL ¶
Include a link to your online store on every page by entering its URL here. A link to "store" will show up at the header of each page.
Tailor the look and feel of your site to best match your content. You have five different standard "themes" to choose from. Each theme changes background color, text color, button color, and more.
Not available for all plans. Want to keep your content available for only in-house use? Keep it private: only those you invite will be able to be access your site content. Want to make your content visible to the world? Make it public and it's accessible for all.
The Manage page allows administrators to edit some of the options for all guides created using the Guidebook tool.
Default Guide Conclusion ¶
Guide creators are able to set a message that appears at the end of their guides on an individual basis, but you may decide what message will appear by default. Again, if you have a baking website, the default message may be "Serve on a plate at your next gathering and enjoy!" In the example below, you'll notice that the final step of this iFixit guide ends with a reassembly note: "To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order." As the default guide conclusion, that phrase automatically appears after the final step of every iFixit guide. Guide authors then decide whether or not to keep the phrase after their particular guides.
Automatic Guide Titles ¶
Use the drop-down menu to enable or disable automatic guide titles. When enabled, a guide author simply has to fill in the required fields on the Edit Information page, and the title generates automatically. When disabled, guide authors will have to fill out titles manually for all guides.
Guide Types ¶
Select the various guide types that will be available to authors to use. A community that features a wide variety of content may want to make more guide types available, while a more specialized community will want to keep the selection narrow.
The Management Console allows administrators to control some of the global aspects of the Answers community with just the click of a button.
Default Question ¶
To help members of your community ask good questions, give them an example to follow. The better your default question is, the more likely that you will have better questions asked in your Answers community.
Enforce guidelines ¶
Set the tone for your community. When you enable this feature, users are required to agree to the Community Guidelines before they can post a new question. These guidelines tell the user in detail how to ask a good question as well as what kinds of questions are appropriate.
Require Reputation ¶
You have the option to keep new users from commenting on questions and answers before they reach 20 reputation. Or if you'd like, leave the box unchecked so any community members can comment without having any reputation.
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