You can make site-wide changes to the Home page application directly from the Home page user interface.
The Home page defines an administrator role, and users assigned this role have access to an additional Administration
tab on their Home page. Clicking the Administration
tab displays a simple, form-based user interface that allows administrative users to perform key tasks.
From this location you can:
- Add new widgets for use on the Home page
- Test new widgets before they are deployed to the user base
- Enable and disable widgets
- Enable and disable the Widgets tab
The Home page caches the XML descriptors of widgets in memory on startup. You can refresh the version of the XML descriptor cached in memory for a particular widget by selecting the widget from the Enabled widgets
list on the Administration
tab and clicking Refresh cache
. When you refresh the cache, the Home page fetches the latest version of the XML descriptor for the selected widget and updates the memory cache. This option is typically only used for third-party widgets at development time.
Changes made using the administration user interface occur in real time, and are immediately reflected in the Home page user interface.
Adding custom widgets to the Home pageParent topic: Administering the Home page
Customizing the Getting Started tab
Extend the functionality of the Home page application by adding custom widgets. To make the widgets available for use in the Home page, you need to add the widgets from the Administration
tab in the Home page user interface and then enable them for use.
Enabling and disabling the Widgets tab
You can control whether the Widgets
tab is available to your users by enabling or disabling it from the Administration