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Front Page settings

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Location: Administration > Front Page > Front Page settings

The site's Front Page is similar to a course page, however the settings are located in the site administration block. Some of the Front Page settings impact the entire site.

In Moodle 2.0 this is located in the Settings block >Frontpage > Front Page settings.


Full site name

This name appears at the top of every page above the navigation bar.

Short name for site

The short name appears at the beginning of the navigation bar as a link back to your site front page.

Front page description

An optional setting enabling you to add short message to your users in a block on the front page.

Front page and front page items when logged in

The centre of the front page can display any combination of the following: news items, a list of courses, a list of course categories, a list of categories and courses or none. The order is determined by a combination box.

It is possible to create one setting for anyone who gets to the front page without logging in to the Moodle site, and another look for only those who have logged into the Moodle site. There are two combination boxes

Combination boxes

frontpage showing pulldown
frontpage for login user box
An alternative option for logged-in users is My Moodle.

Maximum Category Depth

Determines how many sub categories will be displayed on the front page for each category.

Include a topic section

This adds a topic section to the centre-top of the front page. When editing is turned on, resources and/or activities can be added to the topic section using the dropdown menus, in the same way as on a course page.

Note: The label resource can be used to add text and/or an image to the centre-top of the front page.

News items to show

This setting only applies if the front page is set to display news items or if you are using the Latest News block.

Courses per page

Limits the number of courses which will display on a page.

Allow visible courses in hidden categories

Do you want to display courses which are not hidden but placed in a category that is hidden?

Default front page role


To enable logged-in users to participate in front page activities, a default front page role, such as student, can be set.

Note: The default front page role should never be set to Guest.

In versions of Moodle prior to 1.9, you can enable logged-in users to participate in front page activities by setting an authenticated user role override or by assigning users a front page role.

Moodle 2.0 settings

These settings are added to Front Page in Moodle 2.0:

  • Comments displayed per page commentsperpage

See also