Installing Moodle 
Step 4: Go to Admin Page And Continue Configuration 
Once config.php has been correctly created in the previous step, access the front page 
of your site where Moodle is located (e.g. http://yoursite.com/moodle) This will take you to 
the "admin" page for the rest of the configuration. The first time you access this admin 
page you will be presented with a GPL "shrinkwrap" agreement, which you must agree 
with before you can continue with the setup. 
Now Moodle will start setting up your database and creating tables to store data. Firstly, 
the main database tables are created.  You  should  see  a  number  of  SQL  statements           
followed by status messages (in green or red) that look like this: 
CREATE TABLE course ( id int(10) unsigned NOT NULL auto_increment, category int(10) 
unsigned NOT NULL default  0 , password varchar(50) NOT NULL default   , fullname varchar
(254) NOT NULL default   , shortname varchar(15) NOT NULL default   , summary text NOT 
NULL, format tinyint(4) NOT NULL default  1 , teacher varchar(100) NOT NULL default 
 Teacher , startdate int(10) unsigned NOT NULL default  0 , enddate int(10) unsigned NOT 
NULL default  0 , timemodified int(10) unsigned NOT NULL default  0 , PRIMARY KEY (id)) 
TYPE=MyISAM 
SUCCESS 
...and so on, followed by: Main databases set up successfully.  
If you don t see these, then there must have been some problem with the database or the 
configuration settings you defined in config.php. Check that  PHP  isn t  in  a  restricted           
"Safe Mode" (commercial web hosts sometimes have safe mode turned on). You can 
check PHP variables by creating a little file containing  and looking at it 
through a browser. Check all these and try this page again. 
Scroll down the very bottom of the page and 
press the "Continue" link on each screen that 
Fig. 87 
successfully populates the database, as 
shown above. You should now see a form 
where  you  can  define  more  configuration          
variables (Fig. 87) for your installation, such as 
the default language, SMTP hosts and so on. 
Don t worry too much about getting everything 
right just now   you can always come back and 
edit these later on using the admin interface. 
The defaults are designed to be useful and 
secure  for  most  sites.  Scroll  down  to  the           
bottom  of  the  Variables  page  and  click             
"Save changes". 
If (and only if) you find yourself getting stuck 
on this page, unable to continue, then your 
server  probably  has  what  is  called  the          
"buggy referrer" problem. This is easy to fix: 
just turn off the "secureforms" setting, then try 
to continue again. 
Next you will see more pages that print lots of 
status messages as they set up all the tables 
required 
by 
various 
Moodle 
modules.                 
As before, they should all be green. 
Scroll down to the very bottom of the page and press the "Continue" link. 
http://moodle.org 
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