The explorer view allows the browse through the VFS. It provides several options to gather information about or alter resources. These options include:
If you only want to browse and edit resources and not need various "special features" available via the explorer view. You may prefer mounting the VFS instead of accessing it via the explorer view.
Navigate to the previous folder.
Upload files to the current folder
Search for resources using the Search engine integrated in OpenCms.
Add a new resource to the current folder.
Navigate one level up.
Shows the current location and let's you enter a new location directly.
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 there status.
The resource is online and offline the same.
The resource does not belong 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.
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.
The current folder's content is displayed with several details. The shown details can also be adjusted via the workplace's preferences. Interesting and not self-explaining are
The state of a resource wrt. online and offline version is displayed as in the folder tree, but the view on the current folder's content provides more status information on the resources. In particular you get:
If a resource is edited, it's lock state is shown as a little lock. The lock is opened or closed an can differ in its color, depending on the lock state.
No lock is shown, if the resource is not locked at all.
An exclusive lock on single files and folders. You locked the resource
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.
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.
The lock indicates that the resource is locked by another user.
If a resource is edited, flags indicate in which project the resource was edited.
There is no symbol if the resource is not manipulated in any project
The flag indicates that the resource has changed in the currently selected project.
The flag indicates that the resource was changed in a project other than the currently selected.
The resource is about to be published. It is already added to the publish queue, but publishing is not finished yet.
By a right-click on a resource in the "current folder's content"-view, you get a context menu, exposing all functions available to change or explore data of the resource. Depending on the VFS version you work in, the options change. Online you have much less options than offline since you can't change any resource online. Options also differ for different resource types. For example, you can edit an 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.
We given an overview on (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.
Lock or unlock the resource. Available for all resources.
Shows resources in the folder that are locked by other users.
If the resource is locked by another user, you can steal it.
Publish the resource directly. For folders, all resources inside the folder will be published as well.
Publish the (file) resource at a chosen date, alter or remove the scheduled publish date.
See here for more information on publishing.
Edit the content in the form based content editor.
Edit the sourcecode of the files in the integrated editor.
Change Title etc. of the folder, subfolders and containerpages. Usually the sitemap editor is the better place for such manipulations.
Change the Navigation text and the position in the navigation.
Opens the properties dialog to view and change properties of the resource.
Copy the resource to another place. For files, also siblings can be created.
Move the resource - where moving it inside a folder is the same as renaming. Note that the relationship engine takes care that links to the resource do not break when you move it.
Delete the resource. Note that the resource is still availabe online until the deleted resource is published. Therefore, deleted resources are only striked out and not removed in the explorer view of the offline project until they are published.
Reset the offline version of the resource to the online version, loosing all unpublished changes.
Upload another file that replaces the current one.
View and change permissions set for the resource
Open the gallery dialog.
Rename all images in the gallery according to a configurable name scheme.
Add title and description to (all) images in the gallery.
Explore which other resources link to a resource.
Explore to which resources a resource links.
Show all siblings of the resource.
Assign categories to a resource.
Explore and compare the historic published versions of a resource. Optionally you can restore historic versions. Even deleted files in folders.
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 the resource type.
Edit the contents source code directly - not via the form based content editor.
Restore files in a folder (and optionally its subfolders) that were deleted and published after deletion.