Configuring Site Settings

To begin configuring Drupal, make sure that you are logged in as the administrator (the account that you created in Chapter 1), and then select administer> settings in the navigation block to get to the site settings page (the URL to the page is http://localhost/?q=admin/settings).

When you access the site settings page, Drupal takes the opportunity to check some aspects of your installation in order to help you avoid problems. Because of this, you may be confronted with one or more messages when you access this page for the first time.

One thing that Drupal checks is whether a directory exists for uploaded files. If you followed the instructions in Chapter 1, that directory should exist and be ready for action. If it isn't there yet, Drupal will try to create it. If Drupal succeeds in creating the files directory, you will see this message:

The directory files has been created.

If Drupal tells you that it was unable to create the files directory, the most likely problem is that the web server doesn't have permission to write to the files directory. For Linux servers, you can solve this problem by changing the group ownership of the folder to the same user that runs the web server, often apache or www.

Another message that you may see, especially if you are running Drupal on Windows, is this:

The built-in GD image toolkit requires that the GD module for PHP be installed and configured properly. For more information see http://php.net/image.

If you see this message, you are encouraged to follow the link to http://php.net/image and follow the instructions there.

The rest of the page is divided into eight main sections: General Settings, Error Handling, Cache Settings, File System Settings, Image Handling Settings, RSS Feed Settings, Date Settings, and String Handling. You can expand or collapse each section by clicking the section heading.

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