Here's a quick and easy enhancement you can make to the MuraCMS admin, adding links in the top-level navigation for quick and easy shortcuts to commonly-used sections of Site Manager.

Like so many things in Mura, the hooks already exist for this functionality, you just need to know what to put where. In this case, it is quite simple.

1. First, open up [siteid]/includes/eventhandler.cfc

2. Find the opening line <cfcomponent extends="mura.cfobject">, and paste these lines below it:

<cffunction name="onAdminModuleNav"> <cfargument name="event" /> <cfset var newLinks = ''> <cfsavecontent variable="newLinks"> <li><a href="index.cfm?fuseaction=cArch.list&siteid=... [shortened]">Blog Entries</a></li> <li><a href="index.cfm?fuseaction=cArch.list&siteid=... [shortened]">Photo Gallery</a></li> </cfsavecontent> <cfreturn newLinks /> </cffunction>

3. Change the <li><a> markup as needed, to insert the new links you want to create.
(In my examples above, I just copied the full URL from the admin view I wanted to link to.
There is probably a better way, dynamically generating the admin link by filename, but this works just fine, if your contentIDs stay intact.)

4. Save and upload the eventhandler.cfc, and reload the Mura application from within the admin - you should see the new links appear in your menu.

 

Some official Mura resources: 
http://docs.getmura.com/index.cfm/developer-guides/back-end-development/mapping-events-in-mura/

http://docs.getmura.com/developer-guides/back-end-development/plugins-event