How to Log In to Sitecore CMS

August 5, 2014

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How to Log In to Sitecore CMS

This is the first in a series of posts about learning how to use and develop for Sitecore CMS.

Before working in Sitecore CMS it’s necessary to log in. One of the common questions from new Sitecore developers is “Where do I go to log in?”

After installing any version of Sitecore, navigate to /sitecore/login or /sitecore/shell. You will be brought to the Sitecore login page.

Sitecore 8

If you’re using Sitecore 8 you’ll be presented with a standard login page.

Sitecore 8 login page

The default username is admin and its default password is b.

Clicking the “Log in” button will bring you to the Sitecore 8 Launchpad by default.

Sitecore 8 launchpad

Sitecore 6 & 7

If you’re using Sitecore 6 & 7, you’ll be presented with a login page.

Sitecore 6 login page

The default username is admin and default password is b.

Clicking the “Login” button will bring you to the Sitecore Content Editor.

Sitecore 6 content editor

Options

Underneath the login fields on the login page is a link titled “Options” that expands to show additional interface options while logging in.

Sitecore 6 login page with options expanded

Selecting different options for “User Interface” will open different editor interfaces.

The default option will bring you to the Content Editor interface.

Sitecore 6 content editor

The content editor interface is useful for directly managing Sitecore items to make changes to a website’s content.


Selecting the Desktop interface will bring you to Sitecore’s desktop mode.

Sitecore 6 desktop

It includes a taskbar and “Sitecore” button reminiscent of Windows XP.


Selecting the Page Editor interface will bring you to the homepage of the site in page editor mode.

Sitecore 6 page editor

It includes a page editor ribbon that provides many of the features necessary to manage the content directly from the page.

Oops I’ve logged in to the wrong interface!

If you forget to change the User Interface option, you can quickly get to the desktop mode by navigating to /sitecore/shell.


Up next: “How to Log Out of Sitecore CMS”

Tim Leverett

Senior Developer
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