Module Administration Page

The module administration page, available from AdministersSite buildings-Modules (admin/build/modules) and depicted in Figure 2-20, is where Drupal provides configuration options for your website's functionality. Related modules are grouped together within fieldsets, and each module entry contains a description and an indication of which version is currently running on the site. This version information can be extremely useful when troubleshooting problems.

Enabled

Name Version

Aggregator 6.4

Blog

Blog API Book

Comment 6.4

Aggregates syndicated content (R55, RDF, and Atom feeds). Enables keeping easily and regularly updated user web pages or blogs. Allows users to post content using applications that support XML-RPC blog APIs.

Allows users to structure site pages in a hierarchy or outline.

Required by: Book Access (disabled}

Allows the user to change the color scheme of certain themes.

Allows users to comment on and discuss published content, Required by: Forum (disabled), Tracker (disabled)

Enables the use of both personal and sitft-wiHfi mofart forms.

Figure 2-20. Module administration page

Modules may be switched on and off by toggling their Enabled checkboxes, which allows you to custom-tailor the functionality of any Drupal site to its unique needs, without bogging it down with needless overhead.

A module might also have dependencies. That is, it might require one or more other modules in order to work properly. For example, the Forum module requires both the Comment and Taxonomy modules to be enabled before it can be enabled. If you forget to do this, a confirmation screen will appear asking you whether to enable the required modules in order to proceed.

Nearly all modules also have one or more administration pages associated with them for configuring various settings. Most often, these are found under Administer^ Site configuration (admin/settings) or Administer^Site building (admin/build). Because modules can easily add additional administration pages, we recommend navigating to the Administration (admin) main page and clicking the "By module" tab (admin/ by-module), as pictured in Figure 2-21, to view all administrative options broken down module by module. This is a best practice to follow after installing a new module.

Figure 2-21. Viewing administrative tasks by module

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