Admin quick guide

Managing a Moodle site


Setting up the front (home) page

  1. For a Boost theme, click the gear menu top right of the front page and then click 'Edit settings'. Alternatively, click 'Edit settings' from the Administration block on your front page.

  2. Change the full name and short name if needed. (The short name shows in the navigation bar.)

  3. Decide what should be shown on the front page - news items, courses, course categories or none of these things? The same or different for logged in and non-logged in users? As for other settings, they can always be changed later.

For more information, see Front page settings.

To add text and/or images to the central area of the front page

  1. Click 'Turn editing on' either from the gear menu (Boost theme) or the Administration block for other themes.

  2. Click the configuration icon (cogwheel) near the top of the screen. (If you don't see this, check in Site administration > Front page > Front page settings that 'Include a topic section' is ticked.)
  3. Add text and/or images to the summary box.

Note: If you don't want to use your front page for displaying courses or information about your organisation, we can display the log in page only by checking "force login" in Site administration > Security > Site policies.


Changing the look of your site

A new Moodle site comes with a default Boost theme and two other standard themes, 'Clean' and 'More'. All work well on mobile devices as well as desktops, and the 'Boost' and 'More' themes are designed to be easily customisable from the Themes area of Site administration.


Add courses

See Courses for an overview of the various aspects of courses and see courses in action with user data on the Mount Orange School demo site.


Add users

This is a two-step process, although it can be streamlined.


Step 1: Authentication

Everyone using your site must have an account. We can allow people to create their own account using Email-based self-registration, or add new users individually or bulk create accounts via CSV file or choose from a number of other authentication methods.

For more information, see Managing accounts and Authentication.

Note: We do not yet decide who will be a teacher, student or other type of participant. See Assigning roles.


Step 2: Enrolment

Once users have an account, they need to be enrolled in courses. (Now is the time to give them their student, teacher or other role.) We can allow them to self enrol, or we can enrol them manually yourself or choose from a number of other enrolment methods.

For more information, see Enrolments.

Note: We can create accounts and enrol users in courses at the same time if you wish by uploading users or we can explore Cohorts, site or category wide groups.


File management


Important default site settings

  1. Set your default language in Site administration > Language > Language settings. Moodle defaults to common English; if you need US English or another language, add that in Language > Language pack first then we can set it as the default.
  2. Set your default timezone and country in Site administration > Location > Location settings.
  3. Turn off public Guest access (unless we are sure you know how to use it) in Site administration > Plugins > Enrolments > Manage enrol plugins and Hide its button in Site administration > Plugins > Authentication > Manage authentication > Guest login button.
  4. Adjust your minimum password if you need to in Security > Site policies > Password policy.
  5. Verify that cron is running when you set that up during install. Your site will not work properly without it. If the message "The cli/cron.php maintenance script has not been run for at least 24 hours." shows up in Site administration > Notifications then it is not running properly.


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