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I installed Drupal 6..2 on my shared godaddy host account.  I've logged in to the admin area and created a page, then went to site information to save the url+node to front page.  nothing works.  also, i look up on the file server and there are no files.  I want to create a page called aboutus.  where do I even place the link?  I'm totally new to Drupal.  Love it but want to know more.  Can someone please direct me.  Thx.
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The basic idea of Drupal and other CMS is you don't really create the page and provide a URL.  Instead you use the CMS to make the page and its content.  Drupal will then make the actual file, etc.

Do you see the Admin page still?  If you go to the "home" URL do you see the default Drupal page?

You can make a page by going to Create Content and selecting Page.  You will probably need to be logged in to see the options but don't need to be on the Admin page.  The options should appear (maybe on the left side of the page) in a tree type menu.  I have posted an image below to illustrate this but keep in mind Drupal makes it so you can customize the look quite a bit so yours may be different.

If you did make the page but now want it to be the "home" page then let me know.  That is something done in configuration as Admin.  Also you have to make sure the page is "published" to see it.  That may be something you need to do as Admin.  I can provide details if that is what you need help on.  Depending on what you do when you make the page you can usually have it published automatically.

Let me know how this helps or if you have a question.

bol
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Sorry.  Forgot the image.

bol
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Hi and thanks for the reply.  I'm new to Drupal and am trying it out on a shared windows hosted site on godaddy.  I don't see your image.

I logged into admin, then created a Page.  I'm just trying to make that page the home page.  any steps on how to do that would be great!  I tried to follow the instructions up on drupal.org but obviously I didn't get far.
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Duh, I see your image now :)
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Ok, yes, I want to create a Page and assign that to be the home page.  what are the steps?  I'd like to set this up for my clients so I hope it is intuative enough for them.  what's also important to me is creating clean urls too.  I believe however, my host has disabled that feature (godaddy).  don't know why though.
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Administer -> Content Management -> Content.  In the middle of the page you should see some content.  Yours should be one of them with a title and Page under the Type column.  Click on the title which should be a link.  The click the Edit tab at the top.  Look for Publishing Options and click it to expand.  Published should already be checked but you need to check "Promoted to front page" for it to show as your home page.  Click Save and that should do it.

Let me know if you have a question or don't see what I describe.  Enjoy Drupal. :)

bol
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I think I did all of that but still I don't see the home page.  I still see the default Welcome page.  Will it automatically create the index.php page on the file server?  I don't see it.
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Are you sure the type is Page and it is published?  What other pages do you have (i.e. under content other items with Page as the type)?

An "index.php" page isn't really made.  The URL doesn't actually have a page.  Drupal just shows the page you made in the center.  The menu on the left and content on the right are basically the same in all page, including the main page.

bol
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Ok, let me take a look at it again..
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busy couple of days. Let me try it now..
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Ok, I understand now.  Ok, so I created my home page.  Now I created another page called About Us.  I don't see the link in the menu tab.  How do I set up where this link goes on the site?
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Ok, I see where you create links but i put the path to the page in inaccurately.  How do I figure out the correct path to the page?
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If you want your page to show on the Menu then you need to go edit the page.  You can bring up the page and should see the Edit tab.  You could also go to Recent Posts, click on the page and should see the tab.  The option we will change is available as you create the content too so don't think this can only be done after the page is made.

When you are on the Edit page for the page then click Menu Settings to expand that option.  You should see options like those in the image below.  Filling in the "Menu link title" will cause the page to be listed in the Menu.  The title you enter will be what is seen.  You can use the Parent Item pull down to choose where the page's title appears in the Menu.  The weight is used to determine how high in the list it appears.

No URL or manually made link is needed to put an item in the Menu.  Let me know if you have a question or need more info.  If you refer to some other menu (besides the main one that contains "My account", "Create content", "Recent posts", etc then provide a link or specifics so I can help.

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By the way ... the page I used for the screenshot will not show in the menu.  The title is blank.  Just wanted to make sure that image didn't cause some confusion.  It is only to show the settings, not a page that is set up to appear in the menu.

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ok, thx.  Iremoved the htaccess page to see if the site would break.  It did!  However, when I put the file back, my pages don't show.  I get these wierd symbols in the browser..9.  any ideas?
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Did you post this in the right question?  I am afraid I don't see how this relates to the main question you asked here.  Hopefully it was just meant for another question. :)

Let me know if you have any questions or need more help on the issue you asked here.  It sounded like the page is now your home page but I will be happy to help more with that if you need it.

If you do have other questions and would like my help then feel free to open a new question and then post the new question's URL here in a comment.

bol
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oops, sorry yes.  Thanks bol for your help.
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Your welcome!  I'm glad I could help.  I thought I was going crazy when I saw the last post. :)

Thanks for the fun question, the grade and the points.

bol
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