Call and structure of the backend

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Calling the backend

You can access the backend of your Contao installation by appending /contao the URL of your website. The complete address looks like this:

https://www.example.com/contao/

Enter your Benutzernamen and yours Passwort. The default language of the internet browser is also used for the backend. Confirm your entries by clicking the button Weiter.

Registration in the Contao backend

The backend login is protected against brute force attacks with a time delay mechanism. If you enter an incorrect password more than three times in a row, your account will automatically be locked for 5 minutes. This prevents a hacker from trying a large number of passwords in succession until he finds the right one.

Structure of the backend

The back end is divided into three areas. At the top is the info area, on the left is the navigation and on the right is the work area.

Distribution of the Contao backend

The information area

The info area shows some important links that are needed when working with Contao.

Home page: A click on the Contao logo takes you back to the home page of the backend.

Notes: Clicking on this link opens a modal and displays possible hints (e.g. maintenance mode).

Debug Mode: Clicking on this link will switch the debug mode on or off.

This feature is only available in Contao 4.8 and later.

Preview: This link opens the frontend, i.e. the actual website, in a new window. If you edit a specific page or article in the backend, you will be automatically forwarded to the corresponding page in the frontend.

User: When you click on User, the following links are displayed:

Profile: This link leads to the personal settings of your user account. There you can change your password or change the language.

Log out: With this link you can log out of the backend.

Security: With this link you can activate the two-factor authentication for your backend.

This feature is only available in Contao 4.6 and later.

The navigation area

The navigation area contains links to the different backend modules, each of which fulfills a specific task. For a better overview, the modules are organized in groups that you can expand and collapse as needed.

Contents: This group contains all modules that manage any kind of content. In Contao, content includes not only articles, but also e.g. news items, events, comments or forms.

layout: This group contains all design-relevant modules that you can use to define the look and structure of your website.

User management: This group contains all modules that are related to the management of users and user groups. In Contao, we distinguish between “users” (backend users) and “members” (frontend users).

System: This group contains different modules for the configuration and maintenance of your Contao installation and the file management.

The workspace

In the workspace, you do all your work within Contao. Depending on the module, different functions are available.

Immediately after logging in, the backend homepage will show you the date of your last login, an overview of the backend keyboard shortcuts and the versions of the last edited content.