Changing the Front Page

Now let's look at the site's front page again. Click the Drupal icon or the Home link to return to the front page. Instead of the default message introducing you to your new site, you see a view of the story you just created. If you entered longer text for the body of the story, it will have been shortened on the front page. The shortened view of a post in Drupal is called a teaser.

The front page is a listing of recent content that has been added to your site. If you add several more stories or pages, they will all be listed on the front page in reverse chronological order, from newest to oldest.

With Drupal, you can control what content should be used as the front page. While the default system of showing a list of recent content will work for some sites, others will want to have a "Welcome" type front page. You can make a page like this by clicking create content and creating a page that you intend to be used as the front page. Alternatively, click the link to one of the stories that you've already created if you would like it to be the front page. Once you have completed the page and are looking at the final product, note the URL for the page. It will look something like this:

http://www.yoursite.com/?q=node/7

You might have noticed already that all the individual postings have URLs that are similar to this. The first one you made is node/1, the second is node/2, and so forth. Determine which node number you just created—the one you intend to be the new front page. Perhaps it is node/7, as in the example here. If so, Drupal considers the path to that page to be node/7. This is the part that you will need to know, so make a note of it.

Home

Test story view edit

Your story was created.

Submitted by admin on Mon, 10/03/2005 - 16:56.

Hello World, this Is a story. » add new comment

Figure 1-5. Viewing a new story

Now navigate to administer> settings. This is the site settings page (covered in depth in Chapter 2). Here, you can tell Drupal which path to use as the front page. In the General Settings group, find the Default Front Page field. It has the value node, which to Drupal means a list of recent content. Change that to whatever posting number you created to be the front page (node/7 in the previous example), and then click the Submit button at the bottom of the site settings page. If you visit the front page now, it will show the page that you made.

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