Lyris User's Guide
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Main Menu
Table of Contents
Lyris Email Commands
Web Interface for Users
Overview of Web Interface for Users
Main Menu
Topic Screen
Enter Mailing List
Join Mailing List
Menu of Member Choices
Read and Search Messages
Read a specific message
Create a New Message
Edit Membership settings
About This List
Server Administrator
Site Administrator
List Administrator
Other Topics
Add-On Packages
Installing and Upgrading
Frequently Asked Questions

Main Menu

The "Lyris Home page" for your site is the starting point to all Lyris Web Interface functions. This is the page that is displayed when a user goes to the Lyris Web Interface URL for your site. A sample URL might be: (note: this is not a real url, it is only an example)

The first page will say Main Menu, and has the following elements:

Site graphic
The graphic logo of your organization is displayed here. In Lyris terminology, one organization is a "site", and each site can have its own topics and mailing lists. There can be many sites defined on one Lyris server.

If there are multiple sites defined on one server, the site a user sees depends on the URL they go to. A different site can be specified in several ways, with a different CGI program, such as,,, each for a different site, each having a separate CGI configuration file (lyris.plc). Or, each site might be defined as a "virtual domain" on your web server, in which case each domain has its own CGI directory, and hence its own copy of the Lyris Web Interface script, Finally, you can also specify the site to display on the URL itself, by adding site=<sitename> on the URL, as in:

Note: if no graphic is defined for the site, Lyris will instead display the name of the organization for that site as text. The Site Graphic is defined when the Site is created in Lyris.

Page Title
The title of each Lyris Web Interface page is displayed in this location. This will help you understand the purpose of each page, and keep you from getting lost.

Topic Description
This line of text titles the topics that follow. If there are no topics defined, this text will say so. Topics are created by the Site Administrator. See Create Topic Page

Topic listing
Every topic for a site is displayed here. If a topic has a graphic defined, then the graphic is displayed rather than the text of the topic name.

Graphics Off button
If you click this button, the Lyris Home Page will re-display, with no graphics on the page. From that point on, you will be able to navigate the Lyris Web Interface with all the pages using all text, no graphics. This option is useful if you have a slow Internet connection, use browsers which do not display graphics, and if you prefer to use the Lyris Web Interface faster (but less attractive), since the per-page load time is faster with graphics off.

Admin button
The admin button brings you to the Administrator Login screen. Before you can proceed beyond that page, you will need to enter a username and password. Depending on the your existing security level, you will be allowed to proceed to the list admin, site admin or server administrator menus. If you do not have an administrator account on this Lyris Server, you will not be able to access the administrator menus. (Note: Administrator privileges are set in the People section of Site Admin or Server Admin.) Lyris has different pages for List Administrators, Site Administrators and Server Administrators.

Other pages which link to this page:
  • Web Interface for Users
  • Lyris Menu Overview
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