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Drupal® For Dummies®, 2nd Edition by Lynn Beighley

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Chapter 4

Tackling User Management

In This Chapter

  • Securing your administrator account
  • Controlling site registrations
  • Keeping tabs on your users
  • Understanding roles

When the business of installing and configuring Drupal is complete, people can visit your site. You need to consider how these visitors to your site will be treated. Part of this consideration involves the decision of whether to allow users to register on your site and, if so, the privileges they get as registered users. Will you be a giving and permissive site administrator, or rule your domain with an iron fist? The choice is yours.

This chapter is about making your own administrator account a bit more secure, managing whether your visitors can register and log in, how that process takes place, and the privileges both unregistered and registered users get on your site.

Managing Your Administrator Account

The administrator account is the username and password you set up when you installed Drupal. This account is your key to the kingdom: The administrator account allows you complete control over everything on your site.

Editing administrator settings

To change settings for your administrator account, log in and click the My Account link, found on the right side of your site's home page. You will see basic information about how long your account has existed under the View tab (see Figure 4-1).

Figure 4-1: The View tab under the My Account page.

You can't configure anything on this page; it simply states your history. ...

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