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Configure the Contact module

April 29, 2010 by Steve

The Contact module is an optional core module. It allows you to set up contact pages for users and a site wide set of contact forms. I am not using the per-user forms, but I want a contact form for the site so that people can let me know of broken links, point out errors in my content, and send me messages saying how great the site is.

Site Functions (more modules)

April 29, 2010 by Steve

Now the fun really begins. We're going to go turn on a whole bunch of modules all at once. Because many of these modules set up the default behavior of the site, these are things I want active before I start putting up any content on the site.

Go to the Site Building > Modules page. Don't turn off any of the stuff that is already on. Make sure that all of these modules are also selected:

Taxonomy

April 29, 2010 by Steve

There is an ongoing and vigorous discussion at the Drupal.org about the term Taxonomy. People focused on making Drupal more understandable to first time users often argue that the word "taxonomy" is too formal and should be changed to something more common like "categories". People who are strict about definitions point out that the word "categories" does not mean exactly the same thing as "taxonomy", and that taxonomy is correct. Don't expect the name to change any time soon.

Site Information

April 29, 2010 by Steve

Site Information includes things like the name of your site, your slogan (appears below the name in many themes), the site mission (appears on the front page in many themes), your footer information, and so on.

Go to the Site Configuration > Site Information page. Some of this should already be set up from when you went through the installation wizard.

First Modules: Admin Toolbar and Vertical Tabs

April 29, 2010 by Steve

The first modules we're going to turn on are the ones that help us do the rest of the configuration faster. Go to Administer > Site Building > Modules and turn on these modules. (Check the boxes next to their names, then scroll all the way to the bottom and click save.)

Site Setup

April 28, 2010 by Steve

Drupal setup often involves running back and forth between menus, enabling one thing here so that you can configure it over there, so that you can use it in a third place. I'm not sure I've gotten it perfect, but I've tried to organize these steps to minimize backtracking.

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