Kentico CMS 6.0 Developer's Guide



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The content can be managed through a browser-based, WYSIWYG user interface. You need to sign in to Kentico CMS Desk using your user name and password and you need to have appropriate permissions.


Links for access to the user interface


Kentico CMS user interface, i.e. CMS Desk and Site Manager, can be accessed via the following links, where the first part of the link is dependent on the installation and domain name. If the default URL of your website is http://localhost/KenticoCMS, then:


The default URL of CMS Desk is http://localhost/KenticoCMS/CMSDesk.

The default URL of Site Manager is http://localhost/KenticoCMS/CMSSiteManager.


Please note: The beginning of the addresses may be different depending on your installation and domain name, but the highlighted end of the URL is always in this format.


Default user name and password


To log on to a Kentico CMS website for the first time, use the default logon credentials:


The default user name is administrator.

The default password is blank (no password).


It's highly recommended that you change the password after you finish the installation.


User interface overview


The following figure shows the CMS Desk user interface.




The user interface consists of the following main sections and features:


Main menu with Content, My Desk, Tools and Administration tabs.

Content tree that represents the site map of the website and allows you to organize the structure of documents and choose document that appears on the right side of the screen.

Document actions toolbar with buttons for creating new documents, deleting, copying, moving and sorting documents.

View mode selection - allows you to choose between editing, preview, live site view and list view.

Editing mode selection - you can choose to edit page content, design the page template, edit the document fields, product properties or document properties.

Live Site - this action redirects you to the title page of the currently edited website, logged under the same user account that you used to log into the user interface. This is a more convenient way than using the Sign out button and logging in on the live site afterwards.

Site Manager - redirects you to Site Manager, the other part of the system's user interface. This option is only available to global administrators.

Site selection - this drop-down list is used to select the currently edited website. Only those websites that the current user can edit are available in the drop-down list.

Current user - user name of the current user.

Current version - version of Kentico CMS.

Sign Out button - clicking this button log you off the user interface and redirects you to the title page of the live site. This button is only displayed if Forms authentication is used. When using Windows authentication, the link is not displayed.

WYSIWYG editor - allows you to edit text stored in Editable regions, change text formatting or insert graphics into the text.

Page in editing mode - this is where you can view and edit the document selected in the content tree, in the mode selected in the view mode and editing mode toolbar.


See also: Kentico CMS overview -> Where is the content stored?, Kentico CMS overview -> How do I edit content?