Omeka Administration

Omeka provides features that administrators can use to get the most from the Omeka features of their Digital Archive site. You can learn how to use most of these features by reading the Omeka Classic Documentation. This page provides some additional guidance.

Add or edit menu items

An administrator can create new menu items and their corresponding pages. To learn how, read these sections from the Omeka Classic user manual:

Set the default Home page

The Home page is the one that appears when a visitor first comes to your site. It is also the page that gets displayed when they click on the banner that appears at the top of every page.

The home page can be an informative page like About or Browse, or it can be search results. To learn how to set the home page, read these sections from the Omeka Classic user manual:

Here are some examples of navigation links you could use for the home page. To use these examples, replace with the domain name for your site.

Add a new user

See the Add a New User page in this documentation.

Work with Omeka elements.

To learn how to add, rename, or reorder Omeka elements, see the Omeka Elements page in this documentation.

Make bulk edits

Occasionally you may need to change the values of a large number of metadata fields, for example to fix a typo or use different wording. When the field is Type, Subject, or Place, you can easily and safely make bulk changes using the Vocabulary Editor. For other fields, you can learn how to use the Omeka Bulk Metadata Editor plugin.

Before using the bulk editor, be aware of the following:

  • Like any kind of "global replace" feature, bulk editing can result in unintended changes.
    There is no undo, so be sure you know what you are doing.
  • There seems to be a bug in the plugin that causes it to make no changes if you take too long to provide all the edit parameters before clicking the Apply Edits Now button. If the changes don't take effect, be a little speedier and try again.
  • For most bulk edits, it's best to uncheck the Background Job at the bottom of the Bulk Metadata Editor page. With the box unchecked, you wait for the changes to be made and will know when they are done.
  • Rebuild your site's Elasticsearch indexes. If you don't, your bulk edit changes will appear on item pages, but search results will still show the old text. If you are not comfortable with reindexing, don't make bulk changes, or consult with your Digital Archive developer.


If you use the Bulk Editor to change the value of a Type, Subject, or Place field, you must use the Vocabulary Editor to first rebuild your Site Terms table before rebuilding Elasticsearch indexes. Instructions for how to rebuild the Site Terms table are in the documentation for rebuilding indexes.