Configuring Drupa

N ow that you have Drupal installed and have posted some content, it's time to configure your site. This chapter will guide you through the many configuration settings that you have available as a Drupal administrator.

Here, you will learn how to configure general settings, such as your site's name, whether to cache content, and how the site's URLs should look. You will see what choices you have for controlling whether other users can acquire accounts to use your site, and how to enable and disable modules so that you can tailor your site's functionality to fit your needs. A discussion of Drupal's publishing workflow for content will show you the various publishing options that are available, and the section on comments will help you decide which guidelines your site will have for governing comments to postings. A brief discussion of themes will allow you to select the initial look and feel for your site (themes are covered in more detail in Chapter 5). The final section introduces categories, one of Drupal's most useful and flexible features.

This chapter addresses many common questions that people have when looking at a fresh Drupal installation for the first time. It covers issues such as what content appears on the front page, how to make sure that your site can accept uploaded files, and how to turn on the many modules that come with Drupal. These are the essential skills that you will need to ensure that your site is fully functional and ready to build your online community.

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