Tendenci's Global Site Settings control a number of different site-wide functions and it is important that you fill out all the relevant fields on your Tendenci website's site settings for your organization.  This Help File will define more clearly what each of the site settings does on your site to help you understand which fields you need to fill out and how to fill them out correctly. 

To find your site's Global Site Settings page, you can simply go to https://yourwebsite.com/settings/site/global/ or from your website's Superuser Navigation Menu, dropdown the menu for "Quick Links" and click on "Site Settings": 

On newer versions of Tendenci you can access the site settings logged in a superuser here:


On versions of Tendenci in the past it was accessed via the "Quick Links" menu as shown below:


Set-Up Your Global Site Settings

Below are the Site Settings you'll see when you go to set-up or update your website's Global Site Settings.  We've included brief descriptions with any special instructions for filling out the field or selecting a setting plus an explanation of how each setting is used throughout your website.  

Your physical (primary) address of your organization.  This is the address that will appear on the footer of your pages and automatically be generated on notifications like membership approvals, payment reminders, and invoices.  Include your Street, Suite or PO Box number, City, State, and Zip or country code.  

ill out the email address of your primary website superuser.  This is the default email your website will send notices like membership applications and renewals, registrations for events etc. 

This is the name of the your site Administrator.  You can leave it as the default "Administrator" or edit it to have a first name, first and last name, or other custom text.  

A list of email addresses that receive ALL superuser notices from the site. You can enter multiple email addresses, separated by a comma, to send to more than one person/email address, ie: siteadmin1@example.com, siteadmin2@example.com. 

his is the email address that appears in the signature of the contact form submission email sent when a visitor completes your contact form.

Select the name of the form that will be used at /contact/.  You can dropdown the menu to select from the custom forms you've created.  To create a new custom form on your site, you would go to https://yourwebsite.com/forms/

Add the name of the person that will appear in the signature of the contact form submission email.

Currency the site is using.  The default setting is USD and you can change this to reflect your local currency.  

This setting allows you to customize the currency symbol displayed any where on the site that is displaying a price or monetary value.  Simply enter the symbol used for your preferred currency.  The default is the $ symbol. 

his setting allows you to customize your date format displayed to superusers and site visitors any place a date is displayed.  Below the setting is a dropdown menu that shows you all of your possible date format options.  This dropdown looks like this:


This setting allows you to customize a long date format displayed to admins and site visitors on content in your site.  Below the setting is a dropdown menu that shows you all of your possible date format options. 

The common name of your site such as "XYZ Association for the Arts"

Main geographical location of your site. This is used for SEO (Search Engine Optimization).

The Google API key is used to integrate with Google tools (e.g. GeoCoding) You can continue to benefit from Google tools with 1 API key per domain.  

Google Tag Manager: install various types of code (tags) to your website - Great for SEO! Google Tag Manager Global Site Settings is a New T11 Software Feature!

MUST BE FALSE. Hide Tabs is a legacy site setting that currently is unused by Tendenci software.

Merchant Authorize Only is a true/false variable indicating whether to just authorize payment or authorize and process payment. If true, then merchant only authorizes the order, but holds off on processing until a later time.

Merchant CC Accepted displays what credit cards are accepted by the merchant. Here you can enter text names of the cards you accept online, ie Visa, Mastercard, Amex, Discover, etc.

Merchant Provider FAQs:First see this help file on setting up your Tendenci merchant ID and Connection string because it varies by merchant provider and is done in the "conf/local_settings.py" file (and in the .env hidden file on older versions of Tenenci). If you host with us submit a support ticket at https://helpdesk.tendenci.com. Open source users may post on the forums at https://www.tendenci.com/forums/ for more assistance from the community. 

Enter a NAICS (North American Industry Classification System) number for the organization. There is a full list and lookup is available on the US Census website.

When the system sends out emails this address will be shown as the sender.  

The phone number of your site or business.  This will be displayed on certain regions of your site automatically and included on invoices.

Link to your Site Policy page if you have one. Something like /privacy/ or /policy/ is typical

The URL of your site INCLUDING THE PROTOCOL! It must begin with either https:// or https:// (e.g. https://www.example.org). You MUST use the Protocol in the full URL or your merchant provider and newsletters will fail.

Two or three words MAX. Keywords show up in the keywords meta tag, Page titles and other locations on many modules.  Need help figuring out the keywords to use? Generally this should be two words like "Association Management". This must be human readable friendly so keep it short, no sets of phrases like Secondary Keywords (below) allows.

A global site setting for a url for users to redirect to when they first login. Site setting to redirect non-admin users to a specific page. For example, you can direct users to /dashboard, /profile, or a custom instruction page.

Keywords that show up in the keywords meta tag, Page titles and other locations on many modules. This can be a series of phrases, typically no more than two commas (e.g. we do this, and this, and this)

his is the URL specific profile ID for your Google Analytics.  If you don't have a Google Analytics account, it is free and easy to set-up.  Check out these tips on setting up and using Google Analytics: The SEM Blog Google Analytics Articles.

The name of your site. Shows up in majority of the title tags and is used for SEO (Search Engine Optimization).  For Tendenci Community Template sites, this is also where your template pulls in your Site Name for the Header of all pages.

Your Tax ID Number for your organization - Tendenci can add this to your invoices and donations forms automatically as an additional option for customization.

Time Zone you want the website to default to for events, time stamps, etc.  Default is CST (central standard time).

Default setting is false, (don't use a Captcha) and when set to true, contact forms, event registrations, job and resume postings, and other content on the site that users and visitors are submitting to your organization will include a Captcha code that they need to enter before the form will submit.  This helps prevent spam and bots from sending you email submissions through your site.  Here is an example of a Captcha:


This setting determines whether or not the site will use a global search index. The search index is used to search content in individual apps and to search across apps.  If you want to disable Global Search, you would set this to false.

E-Mail address of the webmaster for the site.  Tendenci sends a copy of event notices sent to attendees to this email address.

Name of the webmaster.  This can be a generic title such as Webmaster or a name.

All Done! What's Next to Set-Up?

After you've set up your Global Site Settings, you will want to go to your Theme settings and complete those as well.  You can check out our Tendenci Theme Settings Defined help file for information on how to get started if you have any questions.  

Did this Help File answer your question?  If not - email your question to our support team for more help!

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