I'm trying to find an easy way to have basic instructions displayed when the client opens the CP (I'm using NSM Publish Hints for detailed instructions on entry windows).

I was using DashEE, which was great, but since EE2.9, it hasn't been functioning properly so that I can't update anything.

How do you all provide basic on-screen instructions to the client so that when they open the Control Panel it's obvious how they should proceed?

Thanks in advance.

2 Answers 2


You could inject JS using this add-on into the area of the Control Panel you want the the help text to appear - then you can expand it to all relevant pages you want help on - not just the CP homepage.


$(document).ready(function($) {
    $(".contentMenu.create").before('<div class="helpText contentMenu"><p>Help Text goes here</p></div>');

Example CSS...

.contentMenu.helpText {
    background-color: honeydew;
    width: auto;
    margin: 0 40px 30px;
    float: none;
    padding: 20px;


Control Panel Grab with Help Panel

Obviously change your JS target for different pages in the Control Panel.

  • Lol upvote for honeydew.
    – jrothafer
    Sep 26, 2015 at 16:49

If these are static instructions (they generally won't be changing), you could craft an EE Accessory to just insert a new element on the CP Home Page with your instruction in them.


Here's a pseudo-ish-code example:

function set_sections()
    // Check to see if you're on the CP Home Page
    // if not, return false

    // use the ee()->cp->add_to_foot() to add jQuery to insert stuff
    // kinda like this:
            $("#mainContent").prepend("<div class=\"contentMenu helptext\" style=\"width: 93.6%;margin-bottom: 1em;\"><div class=\"heading\"><h2>Help Text</h2><ul class=\"homeBlocks item\"><li>Help! I need to tell you all the helping things!</li></ul></div></div>");

And tada!

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Edit Welp, if it's something you need to change constantly, here is one option. Store a snippet with your instructions, and dump that instead of static stuff. Call your snippet cp_help_text or something. Snippet content:

<div class="contentMenu helptext" style="width: 93.6%;margin-bottom: 1em;">    
    <div class="heading">
            Help Text
        <ul class="homeBlocks item">
                Help! I need to tell you all the helping things! Easily changed from the Design -> Template -> Snippets.

And back to the accessory:

$snippet = ee()->db->select()
                   ->where('snippet_name', 'cp_help_text')


Yup, seems convoluted! Perhaps someone can give you a better answer.

  • Thanks for this -- I'm actually looking for something that would be a bit easier to change (in other words, for not-necessarily static instructions), but I will try this out. I'm curious also how other people are dealing with this issue. What do you all do?
    – edward
    Sep 25, 2015 at 17:55
  • I edited my answer to slightly accommodate your question. Lol I know it's not the greatest answer but it would get it done. Hopefully someone else can chime in.
    – jrothafer
    Sep 25, 2015 at 18:29
  • I decided to give your suggestion a spin; I was hesitant because I don't know anything about php. So I copied the first example of your code directly into a file (acc.cp_help_home.php), but when I try to implement it, I get an error saying "Parse error: syntax error, unexpected ')' in line 23" which is the 3rd to the last line, containing }); -- any idea what the problem would be? I would post the entire code I'm using, but not sure how to do that in a comment; do I need to edit the original post? I greatly appreciate your help with this!
    – edward
    Sep 26, 2015 at 3:25
  • Throw it in a pastebin and I will help you out! pastebin.com
    – jrothafer
    Sep 26, 2015 at 16:11
  • Oh and basically an easier method to my answer is contained in Peter Lewis' answer!
    – jrothafer
    Sep 26, 2015 at 16:12

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