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Moodle 4 Administration - Fourth Edition

By : Alex Büchner
Book Image

Moodle 4 Administration - Fourth Edition

By: Alex Büchner

Overview of this book

This updated fourth edition of the classic Moodle Administration guide has been written from the ground up and covers all the new Moodle features in great breadth and depth. The topics have also been augmented with professional diagrams, illustrations, and checklists. The book starts by covering basic tasks such as how to set up and configure Moodle and perform day-to-day administration activities. You’ll then progress to more advanced topics that show you how to customize and extend Moodle, manage authentication and enrolments, and work with roles and capabilities. Next, you'll learn how to configure pedagogical and technical Moodle plugins and ensure your LMS complies with data protection regulations. Then, you will learn how to tighten Moodle’s security, improve its performance, and configure backup and restore procedures. Finally, you'll gain insights on how to compile custom reports, configure learning analytics, enable mobile learning, integrate Moodle via web services, and support different types of multi-tenancy. By the end of this book, you’ll be able to set up an efficient, fully fledged, and secure Moodle system.
Table of Contents (24 chapters)

Configuration reference – administration settings

Each parameter in the Site administration menus can be configured via config.php. If a value has been set via this method, it is effectively hardcoded and cannot be changed via the Moodle interface, not even by the administrator.

For example, you might want to ensure that an administrator does not turn on HTTPS for logins on an internal site, even by accident. Activating this would lock everybody out of the site if no SSL certificate is installed. To do this, enter the following line in config.php:


How do you know what the parameter is called? Go to the respective setting in Moodle (in this case, Site administration | Security | HTTP security), and you will see the parameter’s name underneath the label.


You can search for any parameter in the search box of the administration menu.

If the value is specified in config.php, Moodle will display Defined in config.php beside the...