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Video Tip: ACP Tips and Tricks

Work smarter, not harder is a motto we hear a lot of in our modern age.

This is of course great advice. Invision Community's Admin CP is packed full of tools and settings to help you configure your community to your needs.

In this short video I show you how you can work smarter in the Admin CP.

Dashboard Blocks
I show you how create a dashboard perfect for your needs. The dashboard is perfect to show a snapshot of what is happening with your community.

Search Bar
The search bar is the most powerful tool in the Admin CP. From finding members, settings and Commerce tickets, it's something I reach for every day.

Re-order the Menu
Prioritise the menu to put often used sections of the Admin CP within easy reach.

Copy Settings
With a few clicks, you can copy a single setting from a forum across multiple. This saves a lot of time moving between the forum list and forum settings. This of course works across the suite including downloads, blogs and more.

Copy Nodes
Got a forum or blog category set up perfectly and want to add one more like it? Just hit the copy button and save the hassle of filling in the form again.

These are our tips for using the Admin CP as effectively as possible. Do you have any tips? Let us know below!

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Oh. My. God.  

I thought I was fairly proficient in my ACP but apparently I'm peon-level.

Copy settings - When did you invent this?? Where is this magic and wonder coming from?? Why have I never used this before?? I had no idea what this was until I watched your video.  Ive clicked in the button before but honestly thought this was some trivial dev tool that I never needed.  Do you know how many categories and boards in ALL of my apps where I've gone and manually copy-and-paste a setting?? There were times where all I did in one afternoon was go through hundreds of category settings to change a value.  This is blowing my mind.  I don't have any settings to change right now but who cares.  I'm now gonna change all settings in all my boards.  

 

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Great video, thanks Matt! 

Updated: You inspired me to remove all my ACP widgets and create a new layout! This is a much overlooked area. More widgets, graphs and stats, please! 1 full width column and a 3 column layout would be nice additions, too.

The top search bar is a great tool, the search by GDPR keyword was really useful, but I find the search results can be a bit inconsistent. For example, I entered Prune and it found one result which was "System - Remove all IP addresses after" whereas if I enter the word 'Log', I get about 35 Settings results including 'Prune Member History' which didn't show when searching for 'Prune'. 

You can also get some results that look identical such as 'Edit Log'.

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3 hours ago, The Old Man said:

Great video, thanks Matt! 

Updated: You inspired me to remove all my ACP widgets and create a new layout! This is a much overlooked area. More widgets, graphs and stats, please! 1 full width column and a 3 column layout would be nice additions, too.

The top search bar is a great tool, the search by GDPR keyword was really useful, but I find the search results can be a bit inconsistent. For example, I entered Prune and it found one result which was "System - Remove all IP addresses after" whereas if I enter the word 'Log', I get about 35 Settings results including 'Prune Member History' which didn't show when searching for 'Prune'. 

You can also get some results that look identical such as 'Edit Log'.

That's probably the search keywords we add manually. When you want to prune, you might want the logs.

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Great overview!

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Search Bar
The search bar is the most powerful tool in the Admin CP. From finding members, settings and Commerce tickets, it's something I reach for every day.

Unfortunately the search bar seems to only honor English as a valid language for searches. If the AdminCP has been translated and you try to search for a (translated) option, setting or whatnot, you will not find anything. This is very sad, because the search bar is indeed a cool and very useful feature!

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2 hours ago, Matt said:

That's probably the search keywords we add manually. When you want to prune, you might want the logs.

Still it's a clever tool, especially when you come back to look at GDPR after a while and it lists everything you may need or have forgotten about. ?

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Great video. I pulled 2 things out of this I did not know or use really. I usually look at the member section for members and then to advance search if all I have is an email. Now I'll use the ACP search system. Very easy.

Second is the copy setting, never used it. Very nice.

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Thanks for the overview!  I knew most of the stuff except that, like @Joel R, I only wish I had known about Copy Settings before...alas.

One idea did occur to me whilst watching this: if one uses the adminCP to search for, say, a blog name, and it comes up in the blog listing, clicking that name will take you to its adminCP page so you can edit settings and so forth.  What if that listing also included A "View on Site" option?  The option to go directly to that blog (or any other forum, gallery, download category) on the site would save a bit of time versus having to click the Visit Site button, then browsing to blogs in the menu, selecting your blog, etc. etc. :cool:

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