Chapter 3. Essential Administration

In This Chapter

  • Deciding where to begin

  • Understanding modules

  • Figuring out tasks

  • Becoming comfortable with Drupal terminology

  • Configuring Drupal

You just finished the hardest part of Drupal — getting the software installed correctly. It wasn't easy. You had to decide where to install it; integrate your Drupal application with an Apache Web server, PHP, and a MySQL database server; and configure various settings. This is quite a bit of work. Now I move on to more interesting Drupal administration details.

In this chapter, I show you some easier but essential tasks to get your site into shape. This chapter is fun. You get to dive in and start shaping your Web site. You make changes and immediately get to see the results of those changes.

I cover some of the nitty gritty Drupal configuration settings that you need to know. And I introduce Drupalese — that is, I go over some of the language that Drupal uses and explain what it means in nontechnical terms. This is especially important because these terms are used frequently in the rest of the chapters. Understand them here, and you won't be in the dark later.

Setting a Strategy for Your Drupal Site

It's never too early to think about the purpose of your site. The site I use to illustrate concepts in this chapter is In my case, this site exists to support this book and give readers a place to discuss information in the book and Drupal in general. It helps create a sense of community.

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