Navigating DXP

Navigating DXP

Liferay DXP’s out-of-the-box navigation is organized into three major areas: Personal Menu, Global Menu, and Site Menu.

The DXP Site Menu on the left side of the screen contains actions, content, and configurations that are scoped to the specific site currently being viewed. You can click on the Site Menu icon (Site Menu) in the Application Bar to expand or hide the Site Menu.

Expand the Site Menu so that all options are visible.

The Site Menu indicates the selected Site. In the above example, the Site is Liferay. You can change what site you are working with by clicking the Compass Icon ( Compass Icon ) in the Site Menu.

The following common site building and management activities can be done in the Site Menu:

Applications Bar

The Application Bar appears at the top of each page and application listed in the Site Menu. The Application Bar shows an Actions (Actions) menu with different options depending on the application that is open at the moment.

The actions available in the Application Bar depend on the application open at the moment.

When you open a Page in view mode, the available tools in the Applications Bar change depending on the Page type.

Content Pages and Widget Pages show a different set of tools in the Application Bar.

For Content Pages (A), the available tools are:

  • Edit (Edit)
  • Configure Page (Configure Page)
  • Simulation (Simulation)
  • Content Performance (Performance)
  • A/B Test (A/B Test)
  • Page Audit (Page Audit)

For Widget Pages (B), the available options are:

  • Configure Page (Configure Page)
  • Toggle Controls (Toggle Controls)
  • Add (Add)
  • Simulation (Simulation)
  • Content Performance (Performance)
  • Page Audit (Page Audit)

The Application Bar options for Content Pages and Widget Pages depend on your Liferay DXP version. Content Performance is available for Content Pages starting with Liferay DXP 7.3 and for Widget Pages starting with Liferay DXP 7.4. Page Audit is available starting with Liferay DXP 7.4. The Toggle Controls option is available starting with Liferay DXP 7.3.

Personal Menu

The Personal Menu is the hub for information and activities for a User that is logged in.

The Liferay DXP Personal Menu is available by clicking the avatar icon in the top right.

Users can use the personal menu to:

The DXP Global Menu contains the Applications Menu and the Control Panel. Click the Applications Menu icon (Applications Menu icon) at the top of the screen to access it.


By default, Users with the Guest or User roles are not able to access the Global Menu.

You can also navigate to other Sites available to you from either the Applications or Control Panel tabs in the Global Menu, on the right side of the interface.

Applications Menu

The Applications Menu contains a variety of links to manage many different applications within your Liferay DXP server.

The Applications Menu contains many global settings and important functions applicable to all sites.

Here are some of the applications that can be managed from the Applications Menu:

Commerce Menu

Beginning in Liferay 7.3 CE GA6 and Liferay DXP 7.3 GA1, Liferay Commerce 3.0 is now bundled with Liferay Portal 7.3 CE GA6 and Liferay DXP 7.3 GA1.

The Commerce Menu contains all store functions.

Here are some functions that can be managed from the Commerce menu:

To learn more about Liferay Commerce, see Introduction to Liferay Commerce.

Control Panel

The Control Panel contains general administrative actions and configurations that can be scoped globally to the Liferay DXP installation or to a particular instance.

The Control Panel is now part of the Global menu.

The following common administrative activities can be done in the Control Panel:

DXP 7.1 and 7.2

In Liferay DXP versions prior to 7.3, the contents of the Global menu are found within the Control Panel, which is located above the Site Menu on the left side of the screen.

The Control Panel in DXP 7.1 and 7.2 is located above the Site Menu.

What’s Next

Continue our Getting Started walkthrough and learn about Creating Your First Site.