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Control Panel

Craft refers to the admin area of the CMS as the 'control panel'. Log in by appending /admin to your project URL.

1. Set your account preferences

To tailor your user experience and enhance your workflow within the platform, adjust your account settings by following these steps:

  1. Access your account settings by clicking on your avatar located at the top right corner of the interface.
  2. Change the 'Language' setting to English for uniformity in the documentation.
  3. Scroll to the bottom section. Here, you have the option to enable additional development tools:
    • Check the 'Show the debug toolbar on the front end' to activate the debugging toolbar, which will assist you in monitoring performance and troubleshooting during development.
    • Check the 'Show field handles in edit forms' to display the field handles within the entry editing forms, making it easier to identify and use them in your templates and code.

Making these adjustments will streamline your development process and ensure consistency when referencing the documentation.

2. Add sites/locale (if necessary)

To add a language to a site, click the 'NEW SITE' button.

  • Enter, for example, 'English' in the 'Name' field.
  • The handle should be 'siteEnglish'.
  • Use 'en-CA' if the site is in Canada.
  • Ensure that 'This site has its own base URL' is checked.

In the 'Base URL' field, input the variable from your .env file corresponding to this language. For example, for an additional English language site: $SITE_URL_EN