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Emergency Page

Sites can get in states that can make editing difficult or impossible. Some of these are as follows:

  • If the public pages of the site to not have a login screen then nobody can ever have edit rights,.
  • If the UI switcher is block is not enabled on a public page, then structure edit mode cannot be entered and no blocks can be added, including adding the missing UI switcher.
  • If the configuration is changed to use a template that is without a built in menu, then there might be no menu at all  because one was never added outside of the one previously supplied by the template.
  • If the configuration is changed to use a template that is broken, it is possible that all pages might fail to display leaving no way to change the configuration.
  • The configuration uses a template and style where the font colors are indistinquisable (such as black on black) or where a background image drowns out all text.

Emergency Login

To recover from such problems, every site has an emergency page which provides

  • A login so you can get edit privileges
  • A full hierarchy menu, so you can get to any page in your site
  • Ability to change the look.

It is important that the emergency page does not fail for the same reasons site pages might fail. To make it robust, it completely ignores the site look, configuration, backgrounds, and styles.

The presence of the emergency page does not make the site any less safe becuase you still need a proper login to get edit priviledges. For example, here is a link to this user guide's emergency page. If you visit it you will see that it gives you no access that you did not already have.


Browsing to the Emergency Page

To visit a site's emergency page, take the site.s base URL and add "/login.php". 

Examples:

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