Posted on: 2007/2/20 5:23
Re: Starting a new Xoops site
Day 6 - Your First Login
Once you login with your administrator username and password, you'll be able to see the User Menu and the various options in it. Since you have administrative rights, you will see a link to the Administration Menu
. Go ahead and click on it. The next screen you'll see will let you know this is the first time you have accessed the administration area and a button to proceed. Most people move on and end up in the Admin area. Some get stuck in a loop and never seem to get to the Admin area. There is a FAQ
that addresses the Endless Admin Login Loop
, and also a forum topic
Some of the resources mentioned previously are also excellent sources of information for beginning to administer your site. I'll go through in the order that makes the most sense to me.
Start by hovering over the System Admin
icon on the right side of the page. You should notice there is a popup menu available that presents several options. You will also get an index of those options by clicking on the icon. Either click on Preferences
in the popup menu, or click on the System icon, then Preferences. Make note of the other options, but leave them until later.
There are several additional options available under Preferences - click on General Settings
first. What you will see next is a list of all the options you can set for your site. Most are pretty self-explanatory and others have additional information about themselves.
Here are a few important settings to look more closely at -
Your Site Name and Slogan
get used in many themes to set the titles of pages and info at the top of every page. It will also get included in search engine results once you go online and the search engines start to 'crawl' your pages.
The server timezone and default timezone settings control how times get registered on your posts (articles, forums, calendar entries). You'll need to know where your actual server is located to get this right. Nothing major to worry about at the moment.
You don't have any modules installed, yet, so the option for your start page will be set to none.
Your default theme will determine what style your site will have when people first visit. XOOPS comes with 3 themes to choose from and you can download hundreds of others or create your own.
Going farther down the page, you will find the setting for Debug mode
. When you are experiencing trouble, you will be urged to turn debug mode on and report the information displayed.
You can also turn your site off while you are changing some functionality or debugging a problem, and while it is off only the specified groups will be able to log in and access it pages. The others will see a page displaying the message you provide.
After you have set the General Options, click on the Go! button at the bottom of the page to save your options. If you have changed your site name and slogan, you can click on the Home link in the upper right corner and go back to the user side of your site and see those changes.
Back in the Administration area, go to Preferences - Meta Tags and Footer
. Here you will find the settings for some non-visible portions of your site. These are visible to search engines and they are of some value. The option most people try to change is what displays at the bottom of every page, which is the Footer option at the very bottom of the page. Some themes do not use this information and you will not see any changes on your site until you change to another theme. The default theme with XOOPS 2.0.16 has a set footer and will not display this.
My next stop in the list of preferences is the Word Censoring Options
. XOOPS will replace any words in the list you provide here with the text you place in the last option. There are some default settings here you can just accept, or create your own list and substitution value, or turn it off completely. It is up to you.
The last option we will look at is the Search options - it is pretty simple: do you want it activated and what is the minimum number of characters to use for searching?
The last 2 options - User Info Settings and Mail Setup require some additional attention, so we'll cover those in another entry.--- More Information ---Xoops for Dummies Xoops Operations Guide