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Setting site information

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Video: Setting site information

By now you are probably itching to put your own fingerprints on this website to make it truly and unmistakably yours. You can make two basic changes that will quickly move you away from this generic default Drupal site. First, you will change some text that appear throughout the site to give it its identity. We will show you how to do that now. In another video we will also show you the second way to personalize the site by changing its visual theme. We will give you a little taste of that now as well, but first things first. We will change the basic text that appears on your site by going over to Administer and then scrolling down to Site information. You may recognize some of this text because we entered it when we first installed Drupal. Some of it however has been left blank; we will fill that out now. You may remember that our site is about living underwater. So we are going to make our slogan, 'Where damp basements are a feature, not a bug." Our mission statement is 'to give real estate parity with stock options,' not sock options, but stock options. 'underwater.' Yeah, it's a little bit of investment joke there and for our footer we will just say, Copyright 2008, Underwater Reality. Finally, there's a little bit of other information that you can enter at the bottom here. We generally don't need to touch that unless for some reason you wanted to change the name of an anonymous user to something else like anonymous fish or something. The Default front page- I would strongly recommend that you not play with it. It is somewhat of an advanced Drupal topic.

Setting site information

By now you are probably itching to put your own fingerprints on this website to make it truly and unmistakably yours. You can make two basic changes that will quickly move you away from this generic default Drupal site. First, you will change some text that appear throughout the site to give it its identity. We will show you how to do that now. In another video we will also show you the second way to personalize the site by changing its visual theme. We will give you a little taste of that now as well, but first things first. We will change the basic text that appears on your site by going over to Administer and then scrolling down to Site information. You may recognize some of this text because we entered it when we first installed Drupal. Some of it however has been left blank; we will fill that out now. You may remember that our site is about living underwater. So we are going to make our slogan, 'Where damp basements are a feature, not a bug." Our mission statement is 'to give real estate parity with stock options,' not sock options, but stock options. 'underwater.' Yeah, it's a little bit of investment joke there and for our footer we will just say, Copyright 2008, Underwater Reality. Finally, there's a little bit of other information that you can enter at the bottom here. We generally don't need to touch that unless for some reason you wanted to change the name of an anonymous user to something else like anonymous fish or something. The Default front page- I would strongly recommend that you not play with it. It is somewhat of an advanced Drupal topic.

We will Save Configuration here. Noting is changed on our front page except for adding this mission statement here - To give real estate parity with stock options. So how can we make the other information show up? Well we can do that in the theme. We will go back to Administer and down to Themes. Here we see a list of all of the different themes, which are available by default when you install Drupal 6.3. Right now we are on Garland, so we are going to configure that by clicking on Configure. On the Theme's page you see quite a bit of information of things that you can change to make your site look different. One thing you can change is the Color scheme and we will show you how to do that in the Themes video, but the information that we want is down towards the bottom.

You can toggle display of various things and here we see the mission statement, which we entered before is checked. That's why we had that slogan there - to give real estate parity. The one that isn't checked is Site Slogan, right here. "Where damp basements are a feature, not a bug." So we will go down to the bottom and say Save Configuration. Go back to our front page and there it is. It's been added on to the end of our site name right there. Let's go back to Administer and Themes to take a look at few other options that are there for changing basic site information. We will scroll down to Garland and click on configure again. These settings are specific to only one Theme. If you have several Themes installed and enabled in the Themes Menu then you can change the behavior of all of them by clicking on Global Settings. Once again, we will discuss these more in another video on Themes.

There is one other settings we can change to change the way that our site looks. Although, this will only change the way the site looks when it's off-line. If, for example, you have taken it off-line for administrative reasons. We go Administer, scroll down to the bottom, and Site Maintenance. Should you decide to take it off-line, it will just show a very simple screen with this text; we could say, Underwater Reality's offices have just been flooded. We should be back shortly. I am actually going take it off-line and show you how to put it back Online, just so that you can see that message. It goes off-line. Save Configuration. Now let's go back to our homepage and log out.

This is the way that people will see the site, if it has been taken off-line. We can Log in again by going to ?Q=user and then Log in as our admin; and there we have it. We go back to Administer, click Site Maintenance, put the site back online, Save Configuration, and we are back in business with all of the new information that we had.

As mentioned earlier, several other videos in this series go into much greater detail on how to customize your site, particularly, with Themes and CSS, but for the small amount of time it takes to craft a few descriptive phrases few actions that has much affect in Drupal as taking those steps that you saw here.

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Drupal 6 Essential Training

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  1. 4m 38s
    1. Welcome
      50s
    2. Using the example files
      3m 48s
  2. 28m 55s
    1. Drupal is a CMS
      7m 43s
    2. Choosing Drupal
      5m 32s
    3. Checking Drupal's requirements
      4m 26s
    4. Understanding the inner workings of Drupal
      4m 35s
    5. Meeting the Drupal community
      6m 39s
  3. 11m 28s
    1. Learning key terms in Drupal
      5m 20s
    2. Touring Drupal's interface
      6m 8s
  4. 34m 35s
    1. Installing WAMP and Drupal on Windows
      9m 41s
    2. Installing MAMP
      4m 34s
    3. Setting up the database on a Mac
      2m 2s
    4. Downloading and installing Drupal on a Mac
      6m 37s
    5. Troubleshooting installation problems
      3m 49s
    6. Automating updates with cron
      7m 52s
  5. 25m 37s
    1. Setting up clean URLs
      5m 52s
    2. Backing up your Drupal site
      3m 31s
    3. Restoring your Drupal site from backup
      4m 19s
    4. Wiping your Drupal installation clean
      2m 7s
    5. Updating Drupal
      9m 48s
  6. 15m 37s
    1. Using the Administration menu
      6m 21s
    2. Setting site information
      4m 50s
    3. Setting the theme
      4m 26s
  7. 35m 8s
    1. Understanding security and permissions
      7m 2s
    2. Controlling site access with user management
      3m 39s
    3. Creating users
      7m 58s
    4. Setting user profiles
      9m 40s
    5. Creating contact forms
      6m 49s
  8. 19m 19s
    1. Creating your site's basic info pages
      7m 13s
    2. Understanding page layout
      5m 40s
    3. Creating a flexible layout with blocks
      6m 26s
  9. 15m 35s
    1. Monitoring performance
      4m 52s
    2. Recovering from disasters
      7m 37s
    3. Improving administration skills
      3m 6s
  10. 41m 3s
    1. Understanding nodes
      6m 50s
    2. Creating basic content: Stories and pages
      7m 9s
    3. Enabling other content types
      9m 22s
    4. Adding blogs
      3m 49s
    5. Adding forums
      6m 56s
    6. Adding polls
      6m 57s
  11. 34m 50s
    1. Exploring content categories
      7m 45s
    2. Exchanging content via RSS
      9m 47s
    3. Using input filters
      7m 41s
    4. Managing comments
      9m 37s
  12. 38m 5s
    1. Configuring your theme
      11m 27s
    2. Changing your theme's graphics
      4m 59s
    3. Finding and installing a new theme
      8m 56s
    4. Understanding Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
      5m 56s
    5. Deciphering CSS files
      6m 47s
  13. 22m 41s
    1. Finding modules
      6m 53s
    2. Unpacking and installing modules
      6m 30s
    3. Configuring modules
      3m 50s
    4. Implementing complex modules
      5m 28s
  14. 32m 12s
    1. Ensuring automated updates with poormanscron
      3m 11s
    2. Defining custom content types with CCK
      12m 54s
    3. Stopping spam using a CAPTCHA
      10m 43s
    4. Using a WYSIWYG text editor
      5m 24s
  15. 22m 18s
    1. Getting around with multilevel menus
      7m 26s
    2. Building custom menus
      5m 42s
    3. Creating easy-to-navigate books
      9m 10s
  16. 20m 19s
    1. Changing page templates with PHP
      8m 15s
    2. Using PHP in content
      5m 20s
    3. Implementing PHP snippets
      6m 44s
  17. 10m 15s
    1. Launching your site
      5m 52s
    2. Joining the Drupal community
      4m 23s
  18. 14s
    1. Goodbye
      14s

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