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Drupal is a free and “very” open-source content management system (CMSs). I hope you noticed the emphasis: very. Its core (default release) has a lot of features common to other CMSs, but there is almost no limit to what you can build with Drupal when combined with contributed modules from several developers and maintainers – mainly because of some of its very unique features.
From personal experience, Drupal’s learning curve is very very steep. It took me far less time to learn my way around Joomla installation / administration and even move on to templating than learning Drupal’s long ropes. It was worth the effort though.
I hereby commence a series of DRUPAL TUTORIALS. I'll be making use of Drupal-7 on a live dummy-site at: http://www.nairabytes.info/dr1. I assume that you have Drupal installed, so lets get on with the first couple of things to do.
Fig-0: default Drupal Installation:
1) DISABLE USER REGISTRATION:
At least, until the site is ready for the public / if you would be the only user on the site, its safe to disable user registration.
LOGIN as administrator, and from the Admin dashboard, click CONFIGURATION >> ACCOUNT SETTINGS and then under the REGISTRATION and CANCELLATION section, make sure that “ADMINISTRATORS ONLY” is the only option checked.
scroll down and SAVE CONFIGURATION.
2) CHECK YOUR DRUPAL VERSION:
Right beside the CONFIGURATION button(refer to Fig-1) above is REPORTS. Click on REPORTS. The reports window contain all kinds of useful reports for the installation: status, available update, log messages, errors and even most searched phrases on your site.
Click on REPORTS >> STATUS REPORTS to see your site’s installation parameters:
Fig-5: My installation is v7.14
that’s all folks.
Your comments are welcome.