When we create a development version of your website, we’ll assign a project-specific web address ending with taotidev.com.
All of our development sites have password protection so that Google and other search crawlers don’t read the development version of your website and compete with the SEO ratings you’ve worked hard to achieve.
This does mean that there’s an extra step involved in accessing your project site, though.
When we send you links to review and approve, they’ll typically require one or two levels of username and password credentials.
- The username and password required to load the initial website. The URL will often look like ‘yourcompany.taotidev.com’.
- Your personal username and password that you use to login to your Drupal interface. The URL will often look like ‘yourcompany.taotidev.com/user’.
Getting Past Password Protection
In this example, when I load taoti17.taotidev.com, I’m prompted for the first set of credentials.
Taoti’s project managers will provide you with a username and password when we first ask you to review a site page.
Enter those credentials here.
If you get the following error message, it likely means you’ve typed the incorrect username and/or password. Return to the previous screen and try again.
Logging Into the Content Management System (CMS)
If you’ve made it this far, that’s great! You can navigate all around the development website as if it were the real thing. Sometimes though, we’re making changes that require clients log-into the CMS so that they can interact with a new module or review unpublished features.
In that case, you’ll need to log-into the development site one more time to check this work.
Unless your project manager has told you otherwise, typically, we want clients to log-in using your personal administrative credentials so that we are testing against real roles and permissions. That means going to the equivalent of the log-in page on your live website such as ‘yourcompany.com/user’.
On the Drupal log-in page, enter your personal username and password, or the combination your project manager provided to you.
Voila! That’s it. Now you’re logged into the development version of your website. Things should look familiar now. If you do run into additional questions though, just give us a call!