In my blog entry about the difference between the Page and Story content types I mentioned that one of the differences between the default Page and Story content types is that the Story content type is promoted to the front page. In this entry I will go into more detail about modifying your site's settings.
You get to the settings screen by navigating to admin/settings/site-information.
- The first field allows you to enter your site name. You can enter whatever you want, and change it as often as you want.
- Next you enter a contact email address that Drupal uses to notify you of various things.
- The third and fourth items are the Slogan and Mission. These two pieces of information will (or won't) appear depending on how you set certain theme settings and which theme you are using. (The default file that determines where, exactly, and when these appear is page.tpl.php.)
- In the "Footer message:" field you enter information that will generally appear in the footer. Individual themes could choose to be perverse and display it someplace else, though. Note that you can enter HTML tags into the text area.
- The next field allows you to assign a name to those visitors to your site who have not signed in.
- And now, we finally get to the field that determines what your default front page is. If you leave it set at the default setting of "node" then any items that are marked as "Promoted to front page" in the "Publishing options" field set will automatically appear in a list on the "home" page of your website. All my blog entries on this site are set to be promoted to the front page and my front page is Drupal's default listing of those items. Alternatively, you could specify something like "node/1". Then your home page will display whatever the first node you created is. You might create something like a "Welcome" page.
When you first install Drupal, the front page shows a set of instructions on how to begin setting up your site. Are you wondering where that information comes from? You can find the answer in this blog entry.