Configuring Your Drupal Site - dummies

By Lynn Beighley, Seamus Bellamy

To configure your Drupal site, begin by looking at all the options under the Dashboard’s Configuration menu. To get there, log in with an administrator account and click Configuration on the menu bar.

Here are the configuration options you are most likely to use at some point:

  • Actions: Suppose you wanted Drupal to send you an e-mail whenever someone comments on your article. Sending that e-mail to you is a type of action. Clicking this link allows you to create new actions.

  • Clean URLs: Many Drupal URLs look like this: Enabling the Clean URLs option makes them look like this:

  • Date and Time: Here’s where you can change the default time zone for your site.

    You can also control how dates appear on the site. For example, if you look at the article you created earlier in this chapter, it has a byline with your username followed by a time and date. This form lets you change the appearance of that information.

  • File System: These settings control where files uploaded by users are kept and how Drupal handles those uploads.

  • Image Toolkit: You can control the quality of images and how they are handled if you add an image gallery or similar feature on your site.

  • Site Information: Here you can find a number of text boxes in which you can enter information that will, if you wish, appear on every page of your site. (We explain this feature in more depth in the following section.)

  • Maintenance Mode: If you want to work on your site but don’t want anyone to see the changes — or log in while you’re making them — you can take your site offline here. In this mode, visitors see a message about the site being unavailable. You can still see the site when you log in with your administrator username and password.

There are quite a few settings in the Site information form you should fill out. This is where you can put your own name on the site, as well as additional information that appears on every page of your site. Where the information appears on your site may vary, depending on the theme you have chosen to use.

To customize your site information, follow these steps:

  1. Log in with your administrator username and password, and click Configuration on the Dashboard menu bar.

    You see the form shown.


    If your administration overlay looks different from the one we use for this book, don’t panic. If you’re using a different theme (for example), your screen won’t look like ours. Don’t let that throw you; all the same form fields are on all versions.

  2. Enter your site’s name in the Site Name text box.

  3. Enter a slogan for your site in the Slogan text box.

  4. If you don’t have an e-mail address in the E-mail Address text box, enter one now.

  5. Scroll to the bottom of the screen and click Save Configuration.

    Look at the top of your page. Instead of the word “Drupal,” the name you entered is displayed. In our case, our site now has a title.