Branding & Basic Information

Last Updated: May 29, 2024
documentation for the dotCMS Content Management System

The Basic Information tab allows you to specify basic company information and how users sign in to the dotCMS back end. To access the Basic Information tab, select System -> Configuration from the back-end navigation panel and select the Basic Information tab.

There are three sections of the Basic Information tab, and the information in each section can be modified and saved separately.

The Basic Information section

Basic Information

Portal URLLocal reference URL on dotCMS server; default = localhost
Mail DomainThe main domain of the server.
Email AddressThe email address that will be used on all emails sent from the dotCMS portal (including registration emails, emails used to recover a user password, etc).
Cluster IDThe identifier of the server cluster to which this instance belongs. (One will be assigned randomly if no cluster exists.)
Primary ColorThe default primary color for the dotCMS back end.
Secondary ColorThe default secondary color for the dotCMS back end.
Background ImageThe default background image for the dotCMS back end (displayed on the login page).


LanguageChanging this language translates the back-end UI to the given language by default.
  • Individual back-end users may still choose to translate the back-end interface into a different available language.
  • The current available back-end languages are: English, Chinese (Simplified), Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish.
  • If you would like to provide a translation of the dotCMS back end to a new language, please contact us.
Time ZoneThe server time zone.
  • Times for all back-end users will be displayed using this time zone setting (regardless of the users' local time zone).


Authentication TypeSpecifies what types of IDs users use to sign in to the dotCMS back end: Email Address or UserId.
SHA-3 Key DigestAllows viewing or regeneration of the Secure Hash Algorithm key for the instance. This affects how system secrets are stored; regenerating this key will invalidate all existing App integration secrets.

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