Join George Papazian for an in-depth discussion in this video Setting up the initial administration, part of Moodle Administration Essential Training.
- Let's complete our installation by setting up the site administration. I'm now at the copyright and legalities page. I've read and understood the terms and conditions, and I'm ready to click Continue to move on. Now we get to the Server checks page, and as you can see I have mostly green statuses. What I like about this page is that each check includes a link to the documentation, so that if you're getting red statuses, you can read up on what you need to do to fix the problem. For example, one red status you might see is for client URL request library, or curl. In the past some local server packages didn't include it by default, but nowadays most do.
If you see a red status for curl, you would click on this information icon, holding down the control key to launch a new window. That launches this page, with steps to fix the problem for all operating systems. Take a moment now and see if you're getting any red statuses for your installation. Yellow statuses are just warnings and don't require immediate attention. If you're seeing some, like me, I just take note of their information page for now, and then troubleshoot them later if you want. Red statuses, however, need immediate attention, so you have to deal with them now before you can move on. On my installation, I'll scroll down to the bottom and we can see that I meet the minimum requirements.
I'm just gonna click on Continue to move on. The next page might take a few minutes to load. You'll probably notice that loading icon on the top tab there. Don't get impatient and browse away. It should load. You should eventually see various components installing successfully. When it's all done, and assuming everything is a green success like on my page here, you can continue and move on. If not, you'll have to consult the Moodle documentation for troubleshooting. If I scroll to the bottom of the page, here's the Continue button. The page after this one takes us to an area to set up our first administrative user.
I'm gonna leave my username as admin. Now I need to create a password, and as you can see, the password needs to be a complex one. I recommend having a naming convention that you use for passwords so that you can remember them. In this case, though, I'm just gonna copy and paste a complex one from a password generating site, like strongpasswordgenerator.com. I'll just click Generate password, and here's my password. Now I'm gonna name my user. Let's call him John Smith. One thing to note on the Moodle admin pages is that most settings have a little tool tip question mark that helps you along with the settings.
In this case, here's one on Description. If I just click that, it gives me more information about what this field does. The Preferences section underneath has some options to fill out about your new user. They mostly correspond to how the user communicates to the students and staff, as well as how his or her communication looks to them. Most of the options here are self-explanatory, but I'm just gonna leave them as default here. Under Preferences, we have Additional names, which, as the title suggests, let's you add more names and personas to your admin user. Under that we have the Optional section, which allows us to connect any contact info or social media to our admin user.
We're gonna cover users shortly, so let's click Update profile for now and move on. We're almost there. Now we're at the page that sets up the site name. I'll fill these in here. For Full site name, I'll just add General Online Language School. And for the short name, I'll use the acronym, GOLS. Now I fill out the summary. And now I'll move down... and here we have the Manage authentication section at the bottom, which includes a Self registration setting.
We'll leave this as disabled, but essentially it's possible to have users self-register through email by use of a plugin. Let's save our changes now and move on. And now we're in the Moodle dashboard as an administrator. At the top, your see the name of our mock school with a shorthand name at the very top and the description of the site over to the right. CMS installations can seem daunting at first, and Moodle is no exception. Don't worry, though. You get used to doing it after a few runs.
- Configuring your local server with XAMPP or LAMP
- Installing Moodle
- Connecting to the database
- Installing cron and automating cron jobs
- Creating views
- Changing primary settings
- Adding and managing users and cohorts
- Setting roles and permissions
- Creating and managing courses
- Applying themes
- Working with plugins
- Keeping your Moodle site secure