What is the Google Apps Control Panel?
If you’re the domain administrator for your organization’s Google Apps account, you’re likely very familiar with the Google Apps control panel. The control panel allows administrators to manage all Google Apps services from one central location, including user accounts and email lists. The control panel also gives you the ability to monitor email activity statistics, customize the look and feel of your Google Apps domain and reset user account passwords.
FlashPanel and Google Apps Control Panel Actions
Although the Google Apps control panel gives domain administrators certain management capabilities, its user interface can be difficult to understand and complicated to use. FlashPanel, provided by BetterCloud, not only presents existing Google Apps domain management capabilities in an easy-to-use dashboard, but the third-party application also provides added management functions not available in the Google Apps control panel. Such features include the ability to delegate and audit email inboxes, bulk remove group memberships, manage shared contacts and create HTML signatures.
How to Install and Use FlashPanel
Once you’ve registered your domain with Google Apps, installing FlashPanel is simple. If you’re the domain administrator, you can install and access FlashPanel below. FlashPanel is based on a freemium model, with all basic features included at no cost and additional charges for added functionality. Once you’ve installed the application, you will be taken through a series of steps to configure FlashPanel. Shortly after, FlashPanel will be automatically populated with your domain’s data and you can begin managing users, groups and org. units.