Last updated July 4, 2012. Created on April 25, 2008.
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Go to Site Configuration (Administer > Site Configuration). Most options here are pretty self explanatory, but a few important ones to consider are:

  • Error reporting
    By default all errors are output to the log and screen. When your site is ready for production you should change this to just write errors to the log only.
  • Input formats
    Input formats are incredibly powerful and often missed configuration step early on. The default for most user accounts is Filtered HTML. This is a list of tags allowed by normal users to use on your site. There is a very minimal default selection which you can change.
    <a> <em> <strong> <cite> <code> <ul> <ol> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd>
  • Performance
    During development, caching should be disabled (default). Once the site is ready for production you should set caching to normal. Experiment with these settings to find what works best for your site.
  • Site information
    In addition to Site name, which was set during install, you can also add a slogan, mission, and footer. Other options include setting a name for anonymous users and changing the default front page setting.
  • Site maintenance
    If you need to take your site offline for any reason, here you can do this and set a message as well. It is useful to know how to log in once you have turned your site off-line for maintenance.

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