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
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
moodle.org. 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
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.
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 Moodle.org 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.