The explorer app allows browsing of the VFS. It provides several options to gather information about resources or to alter resources. These options include:
- editing, renaming, moving, copying
- permission editing
- comparism of historic resource versions
If you only want to browse and edit resources and do not need the various "special features" available via the explorer view, you may prefer mounting the VFS instead of accessing it via the explorer view.
You can open the explorer via the quick launch menu. It is one of the standard apps in the quick launch menu.
The explorer's toolbar
Opens the publish dialog
- Create resource
Opens the "Create resource" dialog.
Opens the upload dialog.
- Context menu
Opens the explorer's context menu.
- Quick launch
Switch to other apps
- User information
The icons shows a user specific configurable picture. It provides access to user information and the logout button.
The explorer's context menu
The folder tree
The folder tree displays all folders starting from the chosen site. E.g., from "/" in the root site or from "/sites/default/" in the default preconfigured site. It allows you to easily browse through the VFS folder structure.
Furthermore, resources are highlighted to indicate their status.
Highlighting that indicates the resource state
The resource is the same online and offline.
The resource does not belong to the project you are currently working in. The current state will not be highlighted for such resources.
The resource is new and was never published, i.e., it is only present in the offline version of the VFS.
The resource has changed, i.e., it is present in the online and the offline project, but the versions differ.
- crossed out
The resource was deleted in the offline version of the VFS, but it still exists online, i.e., it has not yet been published since it was deleted.
Current folder's content
The current folder's content is displayed with several details. The details shown can be adjusted via the little gear-wheel that appears in the upper-right corner of the "Current folder's content" view (see "Adjust shown columns" in Fig. [explorer_overview]). Interesting and not self-explanatory are
- the state highlighting
- the context menu options for a resource.
Klicking on the name of a resource triggers the default action. The action depends on the type (and name suffix) of the resource. It typically is Display or Edit (in the most suitable editor). In the context menu, the default action is displayed in bold.
The only exception are folders. Here, the default action is to open the folder. It is not listed in the context menu.
Resource status information
The state of a resource wrt. the online and offline versions is displayed as in the folder tree, but the view of the current folder's content provides more status information on the resources. In particular you get:
- State indicators (colors as in the folder tree, but also lock and project state, as described in the respective subsections)
- Resource type specific icons
- Much more meta-information (what is displayed is configurable via the little gear-wheel in the upper-right corner of the "current folder's content" view)
If a resource is edited, its lock state is shown as a little lock at the resource's icont. The lock is opened or closed and can differ in its color, depending on the lock state.
Lock types and symbols
- No lock
No lock is shown, if the resource is not locked at all.
- Exclusive lock
An exclusive lock on single files and folders. You locked the resource
- Inherited lock
An inherited lock. If a folder is locked, all resources inside the folder are locked. Possibly exclusive locks on the resources are replaced by inherited locks. You locked the folder.
- Shared lock
For resources with siblings, the resource that is worked on gets an exclusive lock, all other siblings get a shared lock to prevent concurrent manipulation of the siblings.
- Others lock
The lock indicates that the resource is locked by another user.
The different project state indicators
- Not changed
There is no symbol if the resource is not manipulated in any project
- Changed in this project
The flag indicates that the resource has changed in the currently selected project.
- Changed in another project
The flag indicates that the resource was changed in a project other than the currently selected.
- In the publish queue
The resource is about to be published. It is already added to the publish queue, but publishing is not finished yet.
Resource's context menu
By right-clicking on a resource in the "current folder's content"-view, you get a context menu, exposing all functions available to change or explore the data of the resource. Depending on the VFS version you're working in, the options are different. Online you have much fewer options than offline since you can't change any resource online. Options also differ for different resource types. For example, you can edit XML content via the content editor, but for a text file you can edit only the source code and for folders there is no content to edit at all.
Below, we give you an overview of (most of) the menu options, grouped by different kinds of options and highlight at which resources these options can be performed. We assume you have administrator rights. Otherwise some options may not be available.
- Display (XML contents only)
Display the XML content - works only if a detail page is configured for the content.
- Open page (container pages only)
Opens the page in the page editor
- Publish directly
Publish the resource directly. For folders, all resources inside the folder will be published as well.
- Publish scheduled
Publish the (file) resource or all resources in a folder at a chosen date, alter or remove the scheduled publish date.
- Edit (XML contents)
Edit the content in the form-based content editor.
- Edit sourcecode (text files)
Edit the sourcecode of the files in the integrated editor.
Opens the properties dialog to view and change properties of the resource.
Copy the resource. A dialog is shown where you select the folder, where the resource should be copied. Furthermore, you specify the copy behavior. Note that drag & drop of resources is also possible to open the dialog.
Move the resource. A dialog is shown where you select the folder, where the resource should be moved. Note that drag & drop of resources is also possible to open the dialog.
Rename the resource
Delete the resource. Note that the resource is still availabe online until the deleted resource is published. Therefore, deleted resources are only struck out and not removed in the explorer view of the offline project until they are published.
- Undo changes
Reset the offline version of the resource to the online version, losing all unpublished changes.
- Replace (binary files only)
Upload another file that replaces the current one.
View and change permissions set for the resource
- Assign categories (files only)
Edit the categories assigned to the resource.
Image gallery options
Information on the resource (and it's relations)
- Links from element
Lists all resources, the resource links to (has an outgoing relation)
Summary on the attributes of the resource
- Links to element
Lists all resources, that link to the resource (all incoming relations of the resource).
- Siblings (only if siblings exist)
Lists all siblings of the resource.
Touch the resource - for folder also resources inside the folder - and optionally rewrite the content. The touch operation can write a configurable last modified date.
Set, change or reset release and expiration date. Optionally enable and configure notifications.
Configure the export behavior of the resource and select if it should be served when requested - and if so, if only via a secured connection.
- Change type
Change the resource type.
- Edit controlcode (for XML contents)
Edit the content's source code directly - not via the form-based content editor.
- Restore deleted (folders only)
Restore files in a folder (and optionally its subfolders) that were deleted and published after deletion.
- Open form editor (only container pages)
Opens the form-based content editor.
- Link locale (only default files - index.html)
Opens a dialog to link a locale variant to the page.