Editing Your Drupal Account - dummies

By Lynn Beighley, Seamus Bellamy

After installing Drupal you can browse to your new website. On this screen you can also edit your Drupal account. The menu bar contains a Hello Youraccountname link, which in the case of this example, reads Hello admin.

Here, admin is the name of the Drupal site administration account strictly for illustrative purposes. In reality, this is a horrible security practice. When choosing a username and password for your site administration account, be sure to pick something that’s both original and complex — but not too complex: There’s nothing more embarrassing than getting locked out of your own site!

Click the Hello Youraccountname link and it takes you to your personal settings. When you click on it, you see your basic account information. Locate the Edit link in the middle of the screen and click on it to edit your personal settings.


Even though you are logged in as the administrator, the account settings shown on this page are the same ones any registered user will be able to control. When a user clicks the My Account link and then the Edit tab, he will be able to make changes to his personal account.

The settings are:

  • Username: You can change your current username here.

  • E-mail Address: This is the e-mail address for the current user.

  • Password: If you want to change the password for this account, enter it here.

  • Password Strength: If you decide to change the password for the account, this meter gauges how strong the password is. A red rating means that your password protection is so lax that your dog could hack into your account. A green rating means that it’d take a crack squad of ninjas to break through your account’s security.

  • Confirm Password: Type the new password again to confirm.

  • Status: You can change the status here from Active, which allows you to post on the site, to Blocked, where you can’t. There isn’t any reason to change this setting in this drop-down list. Another section of the site that we talk about later allows you, as an administrator, to manage the setting for any user on the site.

  • Roles: You have two choices here: Authenticated User (which is anyone who holds a site account), and Administrator. It you have an administrator account, you’re an authenticated user by default.

  • Picture: With this option, a user can upload a photo to associate with her account.

  • Administrative Overlay: This option is turned on by default. Deselecting it will force administrative pages such as those accessed via the administrative menu bar to open as regular web pages.

  • Locale Settings: If you did a manual install of Drupal, you set the time zone. No matter what the site time zone is set to, when you are logged in, you see the time zone selected here. If you’ve picked up house and home to move across the country, you can also elect to change your current time zone with this feature as well.