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Utilities

Control Panel Location: Developer > Utilities

Communicate

Control Panel Location: Developer > Utilities > Communicate

The Communicate tab in the Control Panel provides access to the email sending part of the system. Email can be sent in plain text or HTML format, and supported email sending protocols are SMTP, Sendmail, and PHP mail.

Note: In the Settings area of the Control Panel you’ll find the Outgoing Email page.

Sent Emails

Control Panel Location: Developer > Utilities > Sent

This section of the Control Panel shows a table of all the previously sent emails. It lists the email title (subject), when it was sent, number of recipients, a re-send link, and a delete checkbox.

Language Files

Control Panel Location: Developer > Utilities > CP Translate

This Translation Utility page of the Control Panel allows you to translate the core language files into other languages.

When you use this utility it will create a copy of any file you have translated and put it into the following folder: system/user/language

In order to be able to create translation files, the system/user/language folder must be writable. See File Permissions for details.

The main Translation Utility screen shows a list of all the language files currently installed.

Translation

Control Panel Location: Developer > Utilities > CP Translate > Edit

Once you have translated all the text for a particular file you will click the Save Changes button and ExpressionEngine will create the new translated file inside the translations folder.

You can also Save Changes at any point you like; you don’t have to complete the translation before saving.

PHP Info

Control Panel Location: Developer > Utilities > PHP Info

The PHP Info page of the Control Panel allows you to see the configuration details of your PHP installation, via the standard phpinfo() command.

The page will show a great deal of information about your server, server configuration, PHP installation, etc., which can be very useful if you are trying to troubleshoot a problem or determine whether your server supports a certain feature.

Manage Add-on Extensions

Control Panel Location: Developer > Utilities > Debug Extensions

Since Extensions are calling code within the ExpressionEngine code there is a chance that an extension will interfere with how your site is working. If you are unsure of which extension might be causing a problem you can either turn them off one by one until the problem disappears.

Import File Converter

Control Panel Location: Developer > Utilities > File Converter

The Convert Delimited Data to XML utility enables you to take member information from a third party application that exports a delimited data file and create an XML file in ExpressionEngine’s Member XML Format. Nearly all delimited formats are accepted, such as the common tab-delimited, comma-delimited, and quote-enclosed formats.

The utility itself contains the instructions needed to assist you with the XML creation, and you should read each area carefully as you proceed. Username, Screen Name, and Email are required, and all standard member database fields are available to you. It is recommended that you do not use member_id, so ExpressionEngine can automatically generate unique Member IDs when the members are later imported from the XML file.

Note: Many applications export field headings as the first line of a delimited data file. You must delete this row, or it will be included as a member element. Field assignment takes place during the conversion process, so those field headings will not be necessary to define your file’s structure.

Mass Notification Export

Control Panel Location: Developer Tools > Utilities > Mass Notification Export

The Mass Notification Export utility enables you to export a CSV file of the ID, screen name, username, and email address for all your Members. This action will be logged to the /cp/logs/cp.

This can be used to notify users in the unfortunate event of a data breach, such as is required by the . We recommend to validating the email addresses before sending any mass notification emails, otherwise your server could end up blacklisted. Any of the following services will validate email addresses:

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Database Backup Utility

Control Panel Location: Developer Tools > Utilities > Backup Utility

This utility allows you to make simple SQL dump backups of your ExpressionEngine database. For file backups, or more robust and automated database backup options, please refer to Back-up your ExpressionEngine database and files.

When you click “Backup Database”, a SQL dump will be created and stored in your system/user/cache/ folder, named based on the date and time of the backup, e.g.: my_database_2017-10-20_09h20mPDT.sql

SQL Manager

Control Panel Location: Developer > Utilities > SQL Manager

This section of the Control Panel allows you to manage your database. You can view information about the database, run queries, optimize your tables, and more.

The main SQL Manager screen shows a table of your basic database information.

SQL Query Form

Control Panel Location: Developer > Utilities > Query Form

This section presents a form that you can use to submit any standard database query. This feature is intended for advanced users since any changes you may make with a query are permanent.

By default MySQL query errors are displayed.

Cache Manager

Control Panel Location: Developer > Utilities > Cache Manager

This section of the Control Panel allows you clear the cached data for the different types of caching that are available.

Manage Statistics

Control Panel Location: Developer > Utilities > Statistics

This section of the Control Panel allows you to force the system to recount different types of statistics. This section is rarely necessary, but every once in a while a statistic can become out of sync or otherwise not reflect the correct data. This section will allow you to make the system update the information.

Data Search and Replace

Control Panel Location: Developer > Utilities > Search and Replace

This section of the Control Panel allows you to search for text within your site and replace it with another piece of text. This search and replace operation can be performed on your entry titles, within any of the entry fields, or within your Templates.

Member Import

Control Panel Location: Developer > Utilities > Member Import

The Member Import Utility enables you to import members from other systems utilizing ExpressionEngine’s special Member Import XML format.