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Chapter 11. Using the Administrator API > Building Custom Admin Consoles

Building Custom Admin Consoles

Most ISPs or hosting companies provide site owners with a control panel for their site. A control panel is an application that provides site administration to the site owners, including such functionality as domain management, email configuration, FTP access, database administration, bandwidth statistics, disk space calculations, and the like. Conversely, intranet and other shared-host administrators are less inclined to provide site administration features to their customers. There is usually some sort of change review process that takes place before these administrators will implement even the slightest DSN change for developers. This is where the Admin API fits into the process.

The Admin API allows ISPs to extend their current control-panel applications to allow site owners to have customized ColdFusion administration. Some control-panel applications may already leverage the ColdFusion ServiceFactory to provide the same functionality; however, the Admin API is the preferred—and only supported—method. It also enables intranet administrators to provide end-user access to ColdFusion Administrator functionality without compromising security. This eliminates some of the overhead in change-control processes and facilitates the development life cycle.


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