I'm new to the ExpressionEngine but I cannot find 'Design' tab in the main menu. Does anyone know how to add it or the provide the sample URL so that I can reach Design page on my site?

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First, just to check, you are logged into the Control Panel (where the menu is)? Are you logged in as the super user or another user? Is the user a member of the same group as user 1?

If not, this will indicate user group permissions. The "Can Access Control Panel" permission only allows you in, in the same section there is a "Can access DESIGN section" permission, make sure this is set to yes.

Other permissions to check are in the "Control Panel Administration" section, "Can administrate template groups and templates" and "Can administrate design preferences", Test with these set to yes (these should control what is available in menu).

Finally, check the "Template Editing Privileges" section, this shouldn't stop the menu appearing but again might remove links and if a menu has no links it may not show.

If its not Group Permissions, check your "Main Menu Manager" Settings in "My Account" (Click your name in the top right). See if there's anything going on here.

Finally, check you have no extensions or otherwise 'mucking about' wit hthe menu.

Please check the above, and report back if you don't get any results and we'll investigate further. There's no chance of any tom foolary in the database or core files is there?

  • Thank you very much for your super- quick reply. I'm sure I can access to the Control Panel and see the tabs the icon of home, Add-ons, Structure and Help only. And also I found my account is set as 'Content Editors'. Is that why I cannot see the 'Design' tab in the main menu?
    – Naomi
    Jul 7, 2015 at 12:04
  • It is. Either move your account to the Super Admins (easy way), or adjust the "Content Editor" Group priviledges as per the above. (sorry for late response, I'm at work and real stuff came up :( )
    – Blatant
    Jul 7, 2015 at 15:19
  • Thanks a lot, Blatant. I'll ask the admin to update my account. Do your best on your work and have a good day :)
    – Naomi
    Jul 8, 2015 at 12:40
  • Happy to help :) If it's not too much trouble Naomi could you mark this as the answer (tick icon on the left), it helps others know that hte question has an answer and helps other Exchangers out. (And gives me 15 Rep points, gotta get the points!!!)
    – Blatant
    Jul 8, 2015 at 15:58

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