How to manage global settings in Joomla

This tutorial assumes you are already logged in to your Joomla admin panel

Make sure that your configuration.php file, which is located in your Joomla root directory, is writable. Otherwise some changes will not be saved

1) Click Site

 

2) Then Global Configuration

 

The first set of options you will see are your site options, which will allow you to set the site to offline mode and change the offline message or site name


 

Setting the site to offline allows only administrators to access it. This is useful for editing the site when you don't want other people to see it

 

Let's change the site to offline now

 

3) Click Yes next to Site Offline

 

 

Scroll right

 

4) Click Apply

 

 

Now that the site is offline, let's preview it

 

5) Click Preview

 

 

Let's return to the admin panel


Once you are finished making your changes, simply change the Site Offline option back to Off

 

The SEO Settings allow you to optimize URLs for search engines, rewrite URLs, or add suffixes to them


 

Metadata Settings allow you to edit your meta description and keywords. The more descriptive your keywords are, the easier it will be for people to find your site through the search engines


6) Go to System

 

 

Here you can change settings related to the system, such as debugging, cache and session


 

The User Settings allow you to turn user registration off, set the group users are added to by default, and require new users to activate their account through email before they can log in

 

Scroll down

 

The Media Settings let you choose what file extensions are able to be uploaded by users, set the maximum file size, change the folder paths, restrict uploads, etc


 

For a short description about what each option does, hover the mouse over the name

 

Scroll up

 

7) Click Server

 

 

This is where you can change your Server, Locale and FTP settings


 

You can change your Database and Mail settings here


 

This is the end of the tutorial. You now know how to manage your global settings in Joomla

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