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
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.
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
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
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
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.