This chapter covered the basic configuration possibilities for a new Drupal installation. You have seen how to enable modules, control the placement of blocks, administer user permissions, and set up categories. You have been introduced to Drupal themes and some of the configuration options you have for customizing them. Many of these tasks will be revisited as more modules and content types are enabled. Modules can define their own blocks, user permissions, and settings, so every module that you enable will usually require some adjustment to some or all of these areas.

Here's a review of how to access each of the areas described in this chapter:



Site settings

User registration and e-mail settings User creation Account rules

Enabling and disabling modules Block administration Comment configuration Input formats Content overview Theme selection Category configuration admin/settings admin/settings/user admin/user/create admin/access/rules admin/modules admin/block admin/comment/configure admin/filters admin/node admin/themes admin/taxonomy

The next chapter presents the core Drupal modules. It shows you what modules can do and how you can use them together to further customize your site. This will include various content types like stories, polls, and blogs, as well as modules that add general functionality to your site like uploading files or doing full text searches. You will see how your Drupal site can get itself listed in the directory of Drupal sites and how you can define forms to collect profile information from your user base.

Contributed modules offer some of the most interesting and significant ways to extend Drupal's capabilities, and they are discussed in Chapter 4.


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