How to manage global settings in Joomla

The purpose of this tutorial is to show you how to manage the Global Setting in Joomla. We will assume that you are logged into your administrative panel of your Joomla site.

Note: Before you begin, make sure that your configuration.php file which is located in your Joomla root directory is writable, otherwise some changes will not be saved.

Start by clicking on Site in the top menu and from the drop down menu, select Global Configuration.

The first set of options you will see are your site options. These will allow you to set the site to offline mode, change the offline message, or change the site name. When you set the site to offline, it allows only administrators to access it. This is useful for editing the site when you don't want other people to see it.

To activate offline mode, change the radio button to yes then scroll right and click on the green check or the Apply button (you may preview the site by clicking on the preview icon in the upper right corner).

The SEO settings allow you to optimize URLs for search engines, rewrite URLs or add suffixes to them. Scroll down and to the left you will see Metadata Settings where you can edit your meta descriptions and keywords. The more descriptive your keywords are, the easier it will be for people to find your site through the search engines.

The next set of options is System. Here you can change settings related to the system, such as cache, session and debugging. The User Settings here allow you to turn user registration off, set the group users are added to by default and require new users to activate their account through email before they can log in.

Scroll down and you will see Media Settings. This lets you choose what file extensions can be uploaded by users, set the maximum file size, change the folder paths, restrict uploads etc. You get a short description about what each option does by hovering over the name with your mouse.

The last section is Server. This is where you can change your server Locale, FTP, Database and Mail settings.

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