In recent weeks, we've written much about the admin area improvements in Joomla 3.
Admin area improvements are also available in Joomla 2.5, thanks to JSN PowerAdmin.
JSN PowerAdmin is an extension which adds several extra features to your Joomla admin. These include:
Download and install
JSN has produced a few videos to help you
Improvements to the admin menu
JSN PowerAdmin does not replace the existing Joomla admin area, but works alongside it. Here are some of the changes:
Standard Menu Expanded
JSN PowerAdmin leaves the standard admin menu items in place, but it does add some new links. For example, mousing over the Template Manager opens up a submenu that gives you instant access to your individual templates, saving you a few clicks.
Other menu items have been expanded in a similar manner. Most notably, an Uninstall link has been added to optional components so you can delete them directly from the menu instead of clicking to the Extension Manager > Manage, and then filtering to find the extension.
Searching in the admin area
JSN PowerAdmin provides a sophisticated search function that allows you to search your site from the admin area:
Drag-and-drop and visual editing
To start using the Drag-and-drop features of JSN PowerAdmin go to the JSN PowerAdmin Site Manager.
You can access the Site Manager from Components > JSN PowerAdmin > Site Manager or via an icon in the admin menu bar.
The page is divided into three main areas. There are also green tooltips that will help you with explanations.
Let's start by showing you the drag-and-drop feature for menu links:
Let's see one example of visual editing:
You can also directly control the display of items on the page. Let's see an example of that by hiding the title in the main article.
On the left-hand side you can use drag-and-drop for your menus as we've seen. You can also do the same for your modules on the right-hand side.
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