System Administrator's Guide/Next Steps
After you've installed your Mahara, you might be wondering what you can do next. Here are some suggestions that may give you some ideas. Though feel free to dive in and play if you like!
Register on mahara.org
When you visit the administration section for the first time, you'll be presented with the option of registering on mahara.org. You certainly don't have to, but registering helps us gather a picture of how Mahara usage is growing around the world :). No information that would personally identify any of your users will be sent to us, and it doesn't cost any money to register.
To register, simply click the "Register" button you see on the administration homepage.
Install a Language Pack
Mahara ships only with an English language pack, but you can download and install support for other languages. You install language packs in a subdirectory of your dataroot directory, called "langpacks".
To install a language pack:
- Make sure you have a "langpacks" directory inside your dataroot directory - one should have already been created for you.
- Download the language pack you want to install from the language packs page.
- Decompress the downloaded TGZ archive.
- Copy the obtained directory to the 'langpacks' directory inside your dataroot.
- If the directory you put inside the dataroot 'langpacks' directory has a name like 'mahara-lang-xy', rename it to 'xy.utf8'.
Now you will be able to visit the Site Administration of your Mahara and choose the appropriate default language. Users will also be able to choose what language they see in their settings.
Translations of month and weekday names come from the system, not from the Mahara language pack. To get these to display correctly in your language, you must also have the appropriate locale for your language installed on your server. In Debian/Ubuntu, you can run the "dpkg-reconfigure locales" command to install new locales.
Install a Theme
Mahara 1.2 ships with six themes, and you can download more.
To install, download a theme, then extract it in Mahara's 'theme' directory. You will then be able to go to the Site Options page and choose a default theme for the site.
Browse the Plugins
Mahara has a growing list of plugins. Have a look through them, and see if any would be suitable for your installation.
To install, download a plugin, then decompress it in the appropriate plugin type directory. For example, if you download an artefact plugin, decompress it in the 'artefact' subdirectory.
Fill out your Profile
If you're going to be using the admin account for day-to-day use, fill out your profile, as an example for other users. You should also edit your Profile Page, and change its layout to suit you using the drag & drop system. Also, you could upload a profile icon so others will easily recognise your content throughout the system.
Set up Moodle Integration
Do you have a Moodle installation that you want to link with your new Mahara? Check out the instructions for integrating Mahara and Moodle.
Start Building your Portfolio
With all that "admin" stuff out the way, it's time to play! Start a blog, fill out your resume, upload some files and start creating your portfolio!