Administration Features 
Administration Features 
This section of the manual assumes you  have   Administrator          
account permissions within Moodle (see page 6). If you have these 
permissions, the Administration block (Fig. 68) will appear on the site 
front page after login.  
There are two types of administrators; a primary admin who installs/
upgrades Moodle, and site admins designated by the primary admin. 
Site admins have the same permissions as a primary admin, except 
Fig. 68 
they cannot designate other site admins.  
There can be only one primary admin, but many site admins (not a good idea) 
The following is an explanation of features available from the Administration block on the site 
front page, after login. All of these features are available from a single screen (Fig. 69) when 
you click the Admin link at the bottom of the block.  
Variables: Moodle's main configuration           
properties set by the primary admin during 
installation are stored in this area. These 
properties include the site language default 
and behaviors of certain features. 
Site settings: Properties that allow you to 
add a description on your site front page, set 
display features and define what teachers 
and learners are called. 
Themes: Moodle comes with over a dozen 
stock themes, including the default orange 
theme. Additionally, there are a number of 
themes that developers have contributed at This property window allows 
you to select a theme your entire site will 
Language: If you know what you are doing 
and want to change Moodle's default          
language strings, use this setting. You can 
also check to see if the language pack you 
are using (e.g. English, Spanish etc.) is up  
to date (Fig. 70). To change the wording  
that appears in a language string file (e.g. 
moodle.php), click the  Compare and edit 
current language  button. You can now  
Fig. 69 
select and edit language files directly in       
the browser, if the file you wish to change        
is set with write permissions on the server. 
Modules: Modules are used within Moodle 
when creating learning objects (e.g., Forums, 
Assignments, Quizzes etc.). This setting 
allows you to hide a module from a course 
creator, delete a module or change setting 
behaviors for a specific module. 
Fig. 70 
Blocks: Side blocks within Moodle can also 
be hidden, deleted and with a few blocks you 
can change settings.  
There are a number of custom modules and blocks that developers have created to add functionality  
to Moodle. Check for the latest additions. Installing a new module or block is simple, 
usually the developer will include instructions. After installing a custom module or block the  
admin must visit the Administration area (Fig. 69) to complete installation. This is done 
automatically (screen notifications) and often involves adding database tables. 



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