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How do I enable CMS Deeplinking?

Modified on: Thu, 10 Feb, 2022 at 12:36 PM

CMS deeplinking allows you to link, from a page with issues identified in our platform, to the editing environment for that same page in your CMS.

Screenshot showing what the button "Request CMS Deeplinking" looks like.

To enable CMS deeplinking

To get up and running with CMS Deeplinking follow the following steps:

  1. Go to, Integration > CMS Deeplinks, from the main menu in the Siteimprove platform.
  2. Click on the button "Request CMS Deeplinking".
    Screenshot showing the steps mentioned in the list on the platform.
  3. Enter your CMS name and version in the fields provided.
  4. Give two examples of live page URLs from your website and the corresponding CMS editing URLs (see further explanation below).
  5. Click "Confirm" to send your request to our support team.

Our Siteimprove support team will get back to you once they have worked on your request.

CMS Deeplinking can be enabled on most accounts but is dependent on you CMS environment. Only one CMS deeplink configuration can be set up on each site.

How to determine the CMS editing URL

The CMS editing URL is the location URL shown in your browser when editing a page on your website. Here is an example from a WordPress CMS. 

To find the CMS editing URL for the webpage "", we log into WordPress and click on "Edit Page" for that page.

The URL shown in the browser location bar is the CMS editing URL for that page.

In the example below this is:

Screenshot showing the previously mentioned URL on the page.

Based on this, we can now provide the following information to the Siteimprove Support team through the CMS Deeplinking form:

Live URL:

CMS Editing URL:

Once you have found two examples of the Live URL and its corresponding CMS Editing URL along with filling out all the necessary information, you can submit the information on our support request form.

Note: Please do not choose your homepage as one of the examples provided. The examples of the CMS Editing URLs should not be identical. If they are then you are not providing the correct edit URL. In this case please ask your CMS provider for details on how to find the correct CMS Editing URLs for each page.

Once the CMS Deeplink has been implemented, a CMS Deeplinking button can be found in various locations through the Siteimprove Intelligence Platform. Typically, they are found right next to the page URL or at the top of your Page Reports:

Screenshot showing the CMS button on the platform. The button  has the text 'CMS' on it.
CMS Deeplink button next to the page URL

Screenshot showing another CMS deeplink button on a Page Report. There is a pencil followed by the text "Edit in CMS".

CMS Deeplink button at the top of the Page Report

How meta tags can help

Once you provide us with examples of the editing URLs, we will evaluate them to determine what pattern your CMS editing URL follows. In our example above we can see that the editing URL contains parameter “post=54". This tells us that in order to link to your CMS editing URLs, we will need to be able to find the "post=" value for each page.

We will determine if we can find these values within the live pages HTML source code. If we find a consistent location to get this value we can use that to populate the editing URL pattern. A common method of providing the ID is using meta tags like the following:

<meta name="pageID" content="54"/> 

If we cannot find the values in the source code we may need help from your web developers. For example, your web developer could implement a meta tag that points us directly to the CMS page location on each page as shown:

<meta name="editingPage" content=""/>

If you are asked to create meta tags, please add the name attribute before the content attribute. This allows for easier implementation. 

Please contact Siteimprove Support if you have any questions regarding deeplinking.

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