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I am looking into how I might customize the backend, but re-themed is not the ultimate agenda. Say for instance, 'admin/content', where I have filter options for various content types. Below that I have a table of content sections.

I want to completely replace the table and render the list in the left region of my template and use the content area for a WYSIWYG editor -- this is a common UI for basic CMS and I figured would be a good advanced learning experience.

I started poking through the code and quickly discovered I have no idea what content/form/blocks are in which regions in the admin section.

I found the module that implements the menu for 'admin/content' but that wasn't very helpful.

My question is: In the admin portion of a drupal setup how would I position custom block module content in the right region of a template when using block admin seems only to affect the front-end of the site?

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  1. Use https://drupal.org/project/admin_views
  2. Go edit a view and add a new display: block.
  3. Register a new path in system:

    a) using hook_menu in your custom module OR

    b) using https://drupal.org/project/empty_page

  4. Place that new created block in a region (edit also the paths where block should be displayed)
  5. I'm not sure what you mean by WYSIWYG editor in content area - do you want to edit node or what?

    a) If you used hook_menu, point its page callback into a function which returns WYSIWYG editor OR

    b) If you used a empty_page you must create another block with editoror inside, and place it into content region

  • Thanks for the reply. I'm not sure if admin_views is what I am looking for but will take a peak. :) To be honest I am not sure what I am trying to do (in the context of drupal) I guess I have read more. Basically I want to replace the backend interface almost completely. Themes and some functionality, whilst still using Drupal as a framework. – Alex.Barylski Aug 23 '13 at 12:27

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