Chapter 7: Administration Settings

After the tables have been created, the Administrator account settings are entered.

Figure 13: This is the form where you create your site's webmaster.

In the field called [Admin Login] the login name for the site SuperUser or Administrator should be entered. A common choice is, of course, webmaster, but any name can be used.

The Admin e-mail field should be filled with the address where mail sent to the site administrator or webmaster should be delivered. The final step is to enter and confirm a password for the webmaster.

The Password Generator will create a very strong password and its use is highly recommended. To use it, click on “Generate”, and then on “Copy” to copy it automatically to the appropriate password field.

It is important that the password be saved for future reference. “KeyPass” is a good tool that can be used to store it in a database (see Appendix 4)

Figure 14: Copying the generated password to Administrator fields

The Installation Wizard will confirm that the passwords match. Clicking [Next] will move the process forward to step 10/14 (Figure 15).

Figure 15: Saving settings to the database tables and creating System Key

At this point of the installation, XOOPS created a unique System Key for your installation.


XOOPS 2.5.x includes a License System Key that is stored in /include/license.php This file has to be writeable by the Installation Wizard, the same way as “mainfile.php”. On most system the Installer is able to write files, but if it isn't, you will have to chmod /include/license.php to 777. Just like the mainfile.php, you have to be careful with this file in later upgrades. The file is chmod'd back to 444 when it is finalized. Do not write over this file, you can generate it again if you do by running the upgrade.

Also, 19 of 32 tables have received data. The following list provides an outline of the data added to the tables:

The next step is to configure the website, including the site name, Meta Tags, Meta Description, Author, and Copyright information.

Figure 16: Site configuration data entry

The information entered in step 11/14 will have an impact on the site’s SEO score. Information can be found here: It is not necessary to make all decisions at this step as the information can be edited later via the site administration area.

Figure 17: Theme Selection screen

The next step is to select the website theme. The Installation Wizard provides three themes that can be changed later. Hundreds themes are available for XOOPS – see the XOOPS Theme Gallery: . We select the Zetagenesis theme. The next step is to install the modules provided with XOOPS:

Figure 18: Module selection screen

Installation of the three modules included with the core package is recommended. They provide both useful functionality and security.

Figure 19: All modules are selected to install

Tip Experienced XOOPS users may choose to add additional modules. Additional modules can be added to the /modules directory before activating the Installation Wizard. The Installation Wizard will install all modules at one time and can save considerable time vs. installing each of them one at a time later on.

Once the modules are selected, click on [Next] to install them. Each module will provide feedback to confirm proper installation (Figure 20).

Figure 20: Module Installation feedback

Scroll down the list to confirm the modules installed successfully and click on [Next].

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