4. The ConPresso Screen

After you have logged in, you will see the the ConPresso screen, which consists of three areas: the title bar, the navigation bar on the left and the ConPresso workspace.

The look and the content of the navigation bar, in particular, depend on the user's role and the rights attached to this role. ConPresso provides four user roles, that can log in into the system:


Editors are responsible for the content. They can create or change articles and they can upload images and files to make them available in articles. For this kind of work, editors are not expected to have any programming skills.

Chief Editor

Other than editors, chief editors can perform administrative tasks related to articles. They can restore deleted articles, for instance. Furthermore, chief editors have access to the statistics of the ConPresso project.


In addition to the rights of chief editors, superusers have rights allowing them to support the administrator in administrating a ConPresso project.


Users with the role of an administrator have full administration rights for a ConPresso project.


When a user with administration rights logs in, ConPresso will check if the setup directory rights have been deleted as described in Section 3.4, “Step 3/3 - Finished”. This is done to eliminate the possibility that ConPresso is installed again by another person. If those rights have not been deleted or if the directory itself was not deleted, an alarm will appear informing the user about this problem as well as describing a solution to it.


In addition to the roles mentioned earlier, ConPresso also provides the role "member". This role, however, is only relevant in the frontend, which is addressed in Chapter 16, Restricted Sections and Personalization. As the role "member" does not have access to the ConPresso backend, is not listed here.

4.1. The ConPresso Title Bar

At the top border of the screen you can see the ConPresso title bar with the rubric dropdown menu that indicates which rubric is currently selected. Directly after login it says “none”, as no rubric has been selected yet. Via this dropdown menu you can quickly navigate to the rubrics that you can access according to your rubrics rights.

If you have chosen a restricted or personalized rubric, this will be indicated by the respective symbols.

Your username as well as the current date and time are displayed above the rubric dropdown menu. The time displayed is the system time of the server ConPresso is installed on. Please make sure that date and time are set correctly, as the server's system time is relevant for the articles' publication periods. An incorrect system time may affect the publication and expiry dates of articles substantially.

Furthermore, for users who have been assigned the roles of "Superuser" or "Administrator", the title bar will display the information how many users are currently logged in to the system. By clicking on the number following the section called “Users Online” they can call up detailed information on these users.

Users Online

For users who have been assigned the roles of "Administrator" or "Superuser" (levels 3 or 4), the ConPresso title bar will display the number of users that are logged in. A click on this number will reveal the view “Users online” with detailed information.

The view reveals data like the “Username”, “Name” and “E-mail” of a logged-in user. In addition to that, it informs you about the “Login time”, the “Aktivitätsstatus” and provides technical data about the user's client (IP, hostname, type of browser).


This column shows the usernames (login) of logged-in users.


This column shows the names and e-mail addresses of logged-in users.


This column shows the users' roles.

Login time

This column shows the time at which the user logged in to the system.


This column shows the timespan during which the user has not interacted with the computer.


This column shows information on the host and on the type of browser the user uses, if you position the cursor on the icon Host or Browser.

The tooltip of the icon Host reveals the hostname and the IP-address.

The tooltip of the icon Browser displays the browser type and the operating system.

4.2. The ConPresso Navigation Bar

Below the title bar, on the left-hand side of the ConPresso screen you can see the navigation sidebar, which is the centre of your work with ConPresso. Which entries are displayed in the navigation bar depends on the user's role and rights.

If your role is that of an "Administrator" you will be able to choose from the whole of the following menus:


The options of this menu enable you to display the list of rubrics for selection and to configure the settings of rubrics. The option “List rubrics” will lead you back to the initial view of ConPresso.


The “Articles” menu allows you to edit the contents of ConPresso articles.


This menu provides options for managing files and images.


For users who have been assigned the roles of "Superuser" or "Administrator", this menu provides options for creating and editing text modules, so-called snippets, in a WYSIWYG editor.


In ConPresso, article-templates control the look of articles and page-templates control the look of pages. For users who have been assigned the roles of "Superuser" or "Administrator", this menu provides options for creating and editing templates in order to influence the look and feel of a ConPresso project.


You can add new users or edit data of registered users via the user management. Users who can log into ConPresso - from "Content Editor" to "Administrator" - can edit the settings of their accounts (for instance their passwords) by clicking on “Edit personal settings”.

Furthermore, the user management plays an important part regarding the personalization of websites with ConPresso.


Modules serve the purpose of enhancing the functionalities of ConPresso. Thus, developers have the opportunity to integrate their own functionalities. Amongst others, this menu provides options for installing and de-installing modules.


The menu “System” provides options for configuring important settings and for performing administration tasks.


Click on “Help” to access the central ConPresso help.


Click on “Logout” to log out.


Depending on which modules have been installed, this navigation may contain additional options.


By clicking on “List rubrics” in the menu "Rubrics" you can return to the initial list view "Rubrics" anytime.

4.3. The ConPresso Workspace

You can call up various views within the ConPresso workspace via the navigation bar. Within these views, you can actually work on the contents of a ConPresso project and perform administration tasks.

The views “Create article” or “Edit user account” are examples for the views that can be displayed in the workspace. Which views you can access via the options of the navigation bar is depending on your role, as only the views that are relevant for your work will be available.


Views are always headed by a view-title so that you can see which sector of ConPresso you have accessed. If ConPresso help is activated, you will find a help icon behind the view-title. Click on this icon to receive further information on the functions of that particular view.


The view-description informs you about the functions of the view you have accessed. If you need more detailed information click on the help icon behind the view-title.


In ConPresso there are basically two types of views:

List View

List views show tables of rubrics, articles, users etc. that you can work on. Another example for this view-format ist the view “Edit article”.

Depending on the function of the list view the table displayed will contain varying columns that will provide a quick overview and some essential information.

The view “Edit article”, for instance, displays a table containing the columns “Title/Author”, “Manage”, “Status”, “Publication” and “Info”, thus informing you about the articles in a rubric and their essential properties.

A list view usually allows you to select an entry for performing administration tasks.

Editing View

Editing views are, for example, the views “Create article” and “Edit personal settings”. In an editing view you can create a new element or edit the element you have selected. The view“Create article”, for instance, provides all relevant fields for creating a new article.