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How to Access EPiServer CMS Edit Mode with the URL

Often times I find myself accessing CMS Edit mode (or Admin mode) directly via the URL.  It seems pretty basic when you’ve worked with the system for a while but maybe we take that knowledge for granted based on our experience.  I’ve had a few partners ask about his recently so I thought I’d write a short and simple blog post about it.

CMS 6 Edit Mode (based on CMS 6 RC1):

http://<computername>:<port>/<yoursitename>/<ui>/cms/edit

Where…

o <computername> is your computer name

o <port> is the port you configured for the site during install. Default is 17000 for the first site install

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o <yoursitename> is the name you configured for the site during install. Default for the site is “MyEPiServerSite”

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o <ui> is the relative path you configured for the site during install

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Example:

http://mywindowsysevenmachine:17000/myepiserversite/ui/cms/edit

 

CMS 5 Edit Mode (based on CMS 5 R2 SP2):

http://<computername>:<port>/<yoursitename>/<ui>/edit

o Essentially this is the same as above for CMS 6 however by default CMS 6 uses ../ui/cms/edit and CMS 5 uses ../ui/edit.

 

Notes:

o If you aren’t certain what path you set for your site on install:

o Open the episerver.config file for the site typically located at C:\EPiServer\Site\<yoursitename> (CMS 6 stores this in episerver.config. CMS 5 stores this in web.config)

o Search for “uiUrl”. You will find something similar to the following: ~/MyEPiServerSite/UI/. This is the relative UI path. Adding “edit” to the tail of this path will give you the relative Edit mode path.

o If you aren’t certain what your sites URL or port for your site is:

o Open the episerver.config file for the site typically located at C:\EPiServer\Site\<yoursitename> (CMS 6 stores this in episerver.config. CMS 5 stores this in web.config)

o Search for “siteUrl”. Here you should find the site URL as well as the port.

o How do you access Admin mode via URL?

o Typically the same as the above steps for Edit mode but swap in “admin” in place of “edit” in the URL.

Example:

http://mywindowsysevenmachine:17000/myepiserversite/ui/cms/admin

Mar 24, 2010

( 10/9/2010 1:40:39 PM)

Haha, I've been reading about the edit mode and trying to access it for hours. Surely this should be more prominent in the getting started section. Anyhow, thanks for posting it.

( 2/6/2014 10:20:45 AM)

I know this might be old, but had a similar problem when installing v7.5.

If this is the error:
This configuration section cannot be used at this path. This happens when the section is locked at a parent level. Locking is either by default (overrideModeDefault="Deny"), or set explicitly by a location tag with overrideMode="Deny" or the legacy allowOverride="false".

Make sure you have enabled the proper settings under Windows features:
Goto "Turn windows features on or off" in the Control Panel / Programs menu
in the features window, Click: "Internet Information Services"
Click: "World Wide Web Services"
Click: "Application Development Features"
Check/enable the features. I checked all.

This worked for me at least.

Ashraf Al-Safoo
( By Ashraf Al-Safoo, 10/27/2014 8:02:26 PM)

This is very useful. I even bookmarked it. Thanks Jeff

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