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• Last Updated: 02/19/2020
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How to configure your Site Information in Drupal


Now that you are already familiar with the interface of the Drupal Admin Dashboard, it is time to start with the configuration of your website. We most certainly believe you would want to customize your general Site Information and personalize the main details of your website. This will be the topic of today's tutorial, you will learn how to configure your site name, slogan, e-mail address, default front page path, and error pages.


Accessing the Basic Site Settings page

In order to begin, we will need you to access your Drupal Admin Dashboard and navigate through the Administration toolbar to Manage Configuration.


Accessing the Configuration page


Once you are there, you will see a number of blocks containing different configuration settings. What we are looking for is the "System" block, and more specifically the "Basic site settings" subsection located within it.


Accessing Drupal basic site settings page


Upon clicking on it, you will be taken to the intended page and will be ready to start with the configuration of your site details.


Configuring Basic Site Settings

As you have now located at the right place we are ready to get to the main point of our guide. You have probably already noticed that the "Basic Site Settings" page is divided into three main sections. We will in-depth explain the purpose of each of the settings held in here.

Keeping the same order they are displayed, we will naturally start with the first "Site Details" section. Within it, you will see the following three text fields:

  • Site name - Represents the main title of your website and the text which will be displayed in the browser title bar. That might be your business name, label, trademark, initials - basically, anything that will help your visitors easily recognize your brand.
  • Slogan - The slogan is the subtitle that is typically displayed right beneath the Site name in a smaller font size. Please bear in mind that this may vary depending on the theme you are using for your website.
  • Email address - The email address specified here will be displayed in the "From" address field for all email messages automatically generated by Drupal, such as successful user registrations, password reset requests, etc.

Following is the "Front Page" section which contains only one filed:

  • Default front page - Drupal provides the option to configure a custom page that will be used as a default front page. In case this is your purpose, after creating and uploading the desired page into the Drupal installation directory, you will need to simply input the relative URL to it. Please do not forget the string should include forward-slash (/) in the beginning.


Configuring Site Details and Front Page


Right below you will see the last "Error Pages" section where you will be able to configure initially created custom error pages. Similarly to the default front page, you will need to specify the relative URLs of the desired pages in the corresponding fields.

  • Default 403 (access denied) page - This error page is displayed when content is requested by a visitor who does not own the required privileges to access it.
  • Default 404 (not found) page - This error page is displayed whenever an access attempt to a non-existing page is made.


Configuring Error Pages


Whenever you are ready, please do not forget to click on the "Save configuration" button to record the changes you have made.

Well done! At this point, you have managed to configure your basic site information and default front and error pages. We hope you have found the topic discussed in this guide useful and our instructions clear and easy to catch up with. In case you have any additional questions, you are always welcome to address them to our Support Team.



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