VLab User Guide

VLab Landing Page

Introduction

The VLab Landing page is where users arrive when they first log into the VLab. From the landing page, users can visit communities to which they belong, search for content contained in any community, and in general get help leveraging the VLab and its resources.


Components

Control Menu

The Control Menu is a collection of tools and menus seen at the top of every page in the Liferay portal and is available to every user that is logged in. It provides a way to make the most common administrative operations readily accessible.  The image below show the Control Menu as a community member would see it.

The following image shows the Control Menu as it would be seen by a community owner or administrator. The additional tools on the right allow these individuals to manage the current page.

Tools in the Control Menu menu from left to right

Product Menu: Allows users to manage their account and community owners to manage their community.

 

Home: Takes the user to the VLab landing page.

 

Select Community Menu: Allows users to navigate to a community they recently visited or to one of the other communities that the user belongs to.

 

Edit Controls: Seen by community owners and those who can edit community content and allows them to turn on/off the controls that allow them to edit content on the page.

 

Grid Menu: Allows users to navigate to another VLab service (Redmine, Gerrit Code Review, or Jenkins Continuous Integration.

 

Help Page: Takes a user to a page containing information and resources to users seeking help with VLab functionality and services.

 

Configure Menu: Allows community owners and content managers to adjust the page layout and other configuration setting of the current page.

 

Add Menu: Allows community owners and content managers to add new content and portlets to the current page.

 

Simulation Menu: Allows community owners and content managers to view the current page as it would appear on different devices.

Product Menu

The product menu is used by users to manage their account and by community owners to manage community members, content, and configuration.  The following is the product menu as seen by a community member.

The image shown below is the product menu as seen by a community owner or administrator.

Page Header

The page header, shown below, is found at the top of all VLab pages and is used for the actions described below the image.

  1. Return to the VLab landing page by clicking the VLab logo
  2. Identify the current community
  3. Determine if you are viewing a public or private page and to switch to the other type by clicking on the text label
  4. Navigate to the various pages of the community by clicking on the menu items of navigation menu
  5. Search for content by first moving your mouse over the magnifying glass and then entering a search term in the revealed field

 

Content Area

A large area below the page header that contains portlets and their content.

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