Installing Moodle 
The next page is a form (Fig. 88) where 
you can define parameters for your 
Moodle site and the front page, such as 
the name, format, description and so on. 
Fill this out (you can always come back 
and change these later) and then press 
"Save changes". 
Finally, you will be asked to create a top 
level or primary administration user for 
future access to the admin pages. Fill out 
the details (Fig. 89) with your own name, 
email etc and then click "Save changes". 
Not all the fields are  required, but if you 
miss  any  important  fields  you ll  be         
re prompted for them.  
Fig. 88 
If for any reason your install is interrupted, or there is 
a system error of some kind that prevents you from 
logging in using the admin account, you can usually 
log in using the default username of "admin", with 
password "admin".  
Once successful, you will be returned to the home 
page of your new site (Fig. 90). From this point on you 
will administer Moodle as described on pages 44 48. 
Make sure you remember the username and  
password you chose for the administration  
Fig. 89 
user account, as they will be necessary to  
access the administration page in future. 
Step 5: Set up Cron 
Some of Moodle s modules require 
continual checks to perform tasks. 
For example, Moodle needs to 
check the discussion forums so it 
can mail out copies of posts to  
people who have subscribed. 
The  script  that  does  all  this  is           
located in the admin directory, and 
is called cron.php. However, it can 
not run itself, so you need to set up 
Fig. 90 
a mechanism where this script is 
run regularly (e.g. every five or ten 
minutes). This provides a "heartbeat" so that the script can perform functions at periods 
defined by each module. This kind of regular mechanism is known as a cron service.  
Note that the machine performing the cron does not need to be the same machine that is 
running Moodle. For example, if you have a limited web hosting service that does not 
have a cron service, then you can might choose to run cron on another server or on your 
home computer. All that matters is that the cron.php file is called regularly.  
The load of this script is not very high, so 5 minutes is usually reasonable, but if you re 
worried about it you can reduce the time period to something like 15 minutes or even 30 
minutes. It s best not to make the time period too long, as delaying mail outs can slow 
down activity within the course. 



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