Now that you have successfully installed your IPS Community Suite, the first thing you will want to do is login with the username created on install. Your initial username is in the administrator member group and therefore has full access to all areas of the Suite.
The AdminCP (ACP) is the administration control panel area for your community. It is the place that administrators go to change settings, customize, and implement policies for how members interact on the community.
Quick Search Menu
Learn to love the quick search menu as it will save you so much time! From here the system will search the entire AdminCP, member list, Commerce support requests, and more. If you are looking for a member's account to edit you can either go to the Members tab or just enter their name here. Let's say you need to edit a setting but cannot remember where it is: just enter the name and the system will take you there. Perhaps a client has give you their support request number for support: again, just enter the number and there you are. It's a real time saver.
While not nearly as exciting as the Quick Search Menu, the ability to reorder the menu is also quite useful. You can move menu items around and, if you change the root item, when you login that will become your AdminCP landing page. So let's say you are primarily involved in sales on your site: in that case make Commerce your top menu item. Perhaps you are a designer? Make Customization the top item. Then when you login you are taken directly to the most commonly used area for you.
The Dashboard of the AdminCP is normally the default view when you login unless you have chosen to reorder your areas or are restricted.
It serves as a customizable overview of what is going on in your community. There are several widgets you can add/remove from this page and move them around to give you an overview that suits your needs. As you install additional apps new, app-specific widgets may also appear.
There are two widgets in particular that are important to note:
Users Awaiting Admin Approval
If you enable the option to review registrations on your community, this widgets shows a quick overview of those pending approval and allows you either to quickly approve/deny or visit the full list. It's a great way to remind yourself to check registrations as soon as you login.
There are various actions throughout the Suite that cause tasks to be queued for background processing. Sending a bulk email, notifying people of new activity, deleting/moving large amounts of content, rebuilding post content, building the search index, and many more intensive actions. These actions are queued for work so you can continue to use your Suite while these intensive tasks occur without any further interaction from you.
The Background Processes widget allows you to monitor the status of these queue tasks and see their progress.
One of the first basic things you will want to set up in your admin CP will be your general configuation. This can be found in System>Settings>General Configuration, or using the search methods described above. From here you can enter your sites name, address, copyright, and email addresses that will be notified when there are any updates to the product.