The Drupal Configuration Menu - dummies

By Lynn Beighley, Seamus Bellamy

Part of Drupal For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Drupal allows you to configure basic site settings through the Configuration menu, which is a very large set of menus. Basic Drupal site configuration settings, such as date formats, image preferences, and your Drupal site name and e-mail address are accessible from this menu. Log in as administrator and click Configuration. The options are

  • Account Settings: Manage user settings such as requirements for Drupal site registration and ability to upload images.

  • IP Address Blocking: Manage which IP addresses can or can’t access your site.

  • Text Formats: Controls which HTML or other code is permitted in posted content.

  • File System: Set the directory location for uploaded files.

  • Image Styles: Drupal lets you resize and adjust uploaded images.

  • Image Toolkit: Choose which image toolkit to use if you have installed optional toolkits.

  • Search Settings: Control how your site is indexed and how search results are ranked on the results page.

  • URL Aliases: Create alternative URLs for specific pages on your website.

  • Clean URLs: Create simpler URLs for pages on your website.

  • Regional Settings: Settings for your website’s time zone.

  • Date and Time: Controls how the date and time are displayed.

  • Site Information: Basic site information, such as your website’s name and administrator e-mail address, are set here.

  • Actions: View actions available on your site and create advanced actions.

  • Cron: Specifies how often your site checks for updates or performs other time-sensitive periodic tasks.

  • Shortcuts: Controls which set of shortcuts appear on the Shortcuts tab of the admin account page.

  • Performance: Manages page-caching for anonymous users and provides settings for CSS and JavaScript optimization.

  • Logging and Errors: Manages how errors are handled and reported.

  • Maintenance Mode: If you need to work on the Drupal site, you can use this option to take the site offline and prevent users from logging in until you finish.

  • RSS Publishing: Settings that control how the RSS feed from your site is displayed.

  • Feed Aggregator: This form lets you add and categorize third-party feeds for display on your site.