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Here you can modify the general site settings.


The general site settings category consists of three blocks:

  • Site Installation

The values available in this section were entered during the software installation, but you can change them anytime.

Site Name - enter the name of the site to the field. This value will be used in the {$site_name} variable.

Site Email - enter the email address which will be used by the software to send the emails (verification, mass mailing, welcome emails etc.) from the site. This value will be used in the {$site_email} variable.

Tagline - add the taglne for the site.

Description - enter a short description of your site.

  • Captcha Settings

Enable on Join form - check this box to add a captcha image to the registration page.

  • Time Settings

Date format - select the date format that will be displayed on the site.

TimeZone - choose an appropriate time zone. This time zone will be used for all time references on your site.

Use relative date/time - check this box if the time should be shown like this: “Yesterday, 5:31” instead of “June 1 '09, 5:31”

Use military time - check the box to use the 24 hour clock. If this option is active, the time on the site will be displayed like this: 02:01. Uncheck it to use the 12 hour clock (am/pm). If this option is inactive, the time on the site will be displayed like this: 02:01am

  • Finance

Currency - choose the currency that will be used on your site.

User Settings

Here you can manage the settings related to users.

  • Display Settings

Show profile name as: - choose if the profile name should be shown as username or real name.

  • Email Settings

Confirm email - check this box if all users should verify their email in order to access the site.

  • Avatar Settings

Avatar image crop size - set the size for the avatars. This value will apply to all user listings on the site.

Big avatar image crop size - set the size of the avatar shown on the Profile page.

Avatar file size limit - set the limit for the avatar file size.

Default avatar image - click the Change button below the default avatar image to replace it.

  • Profile questions

View sections as tabs - check the box to show the sections as tabs.

  • Registration

Avatar upload - this field allows you to configure the settings for the User photo field on the Join page.

Choose display and set required value to make the User photo field mandatory 1).

Choose display value to show the User photo field and make it optional 2).

Choose hide value to delete the User photo field from the registration 3).

Enable 'Terms of use' checkbox - check this box to add the I agree with terms of use box to the Join page to make the users agree with the site terms of use.

  • Privacy

Mandatory user approve - if this feature is active, site admin will have to approve all users before they access the site.

The non-approved user won't be able to use the site and will see the following message:

All non-approved users will be listed in Admin area > Users > Browse users > Unapproved section.

To approve a user, click their username, review the user information. Then go back to Admin area > Users > Browse users > Unapproved section, check the box next to the user and click the Approve button.

Who can join: - this config allows you to choose how users can register on the site.

Choose Anyone value to allow all users register on the site.

If you choose the By my invitation only value, users will be able to register by your invitation only.

If they click the Join link on the site, they will see the message below:

You can invite the users by following the steps here

Guests can view the site - choose the way the non-logged users will access your site.

If you choose Yes, all site pages will be available to guests.

If you choose No, guests will access the Sign in page only.

If user clicks Search, Main, Photo or other links, they will be redirected to the Sign in page.

Choose the With password: value and set a password to access the site with password.

Your site will display the following message to visitors:

You can easily modify the text for this notification in the Languages section.

If you forgot the password and can't access the site, click here

Content settings

This section allows you to manage the content settings on the site.

  • Text content

Disable custom HTML - check this box to disallow users to add the HTML code to the blogs and forum posts and remove the Insert HTML icon.

Disable rich media - check this box to disallow users to add the photo, video to the blogs and forum posts and remove the Insert image, Insert video icons.

  • Content comments

Disable rich media - check the box to disallow users to add the photo, video to the comments.

  • Rich media settings

Maximum upload file size - set the limit for the files (photo, video) uploaded to the blogs, forum posts, comments.

Allowed resources list - add the sites the video can be embedded from.

  • File attachments

Maximum upload file size - set the limit for the attachments (photo, video) uploaded to the blogs, forum posts.

Allowed extensions - list the file types users can upload.

Page settings

This section allows you to add the meta information or code and upload a favicon for your site.

The Custom head code, Custom tail code sections allow you to add any kind of code (e.g. meta keywords, Google Adsense, Google Analytics, or any other one) within the admin area instead of modifying the source code.

Overall whenever you are asked to enter some code before the closing </head> tag - you will need to enter it within Custom Tail Code section.

If you are asked to enter some code before the closing </body> tag, you can use Custom Tail Code section.

Click here to learn more about the meta data.

To upload a favicon 4), click the Browse button, upload the file from your device and click Save

The favicon image should be in the .ico format and should be 16x16px. You can use site to create your favicon.


In this section you can edit or delete the existing languages, language keys and add new ones.

Click here for more information on how to manage the languages.


If the native Email server is configured on the server, you shouldn't activate SMTP on your site. This feature should be used on the servers without mail server. If you enable SMTP in Admin area, emails from the site will be sent by Cron and it must be configured 5).

Your server should not have limits on the number of outgoing emails. If your server provides the mail server, SMTP should be disabled and don't add your server details to the SMTP fields - it may cause the loop.

For example, if you are using Gmail mail server, you should enter the following settings:

Gmail SMTP server address:

Gmail SMTP user name: Your full Gmail address (e.g.

Gmail SMTP password: Your Gmail password

Gmail SMTP port: 465

Gmail SMTP TLS/SSL required: yes

Contact your hosting provider if you are not using Gmail mail server; some hosting providers do not allow SMTP connections to the local mail servers.


This area allows to manage all SEO settings.

SEO Page

The SEO page allows you to manage the meta information for the base, users and photo pages.

Title - enter the title of the page or leave the default title.

Meta description - enter the page meta description.

Meta keywords - enter the page meta keywords.

Allow for indexing - check this box if the page should be indexed.


Sitemap is is a list of pages of a web site accessible to crawlers or users.

By default the Oxwall software package includes the sitemap.xml and robots.txt files. You will be able to access these files on your server in the public_html/directory or other directory the software is installed in.

To get the sitemap working add the following code to the end of the robots.txt file:


Note: Replace [your_site_URL] with your site name.

The robots.txt file content for the Oxwall demo site looks like this:

# This file contains rules to prevent the crawling and indexing of certain parts 
# of your web site by spiders of a major search engines likes Google and Yahoo. 
# By managing these rules you can allow or disallow access to specific folders
# and files for such spyders. 
# The good way to hide private data or save a lot of bandwidth. 
# For more information about the robots.txt standard, see:
# For syntax checking, see:

User-agent: *


The Sitemap settings section allows you to manage the sitemap settings.

Schedule updates - set the interval the sitemap should be updated within.

The recommendable value is weekly; this is the average frequency the pages' content is changed in.

Page types -choose the pages that should be included in the sitemap.

Base Pages like Join, Sign in custom pages like Terms of use etc., Users or Photos pages.

Since the sitemap generation process depends on Cron Jobs, make sure it is working on your server.

If the site is populated and consists of many pages, the sitemap generation may take up to several days.

Social Meta

The system grabs all content from the SEO Page Settings and adds it to the Open Graph Tags.

All you need is upload your site logo or image that should show when users share link to your site in the social media. It should be a .jpg image 1000px width.

1) users won't be able to register until they upload a photo
2) user can upload a photo or complete the registration without adding a photo
3) all users will register without a photo
4) a small icon shown in the browser next to your sitename
5) check the guide on the Cron configuration here
overview/admin_area_manual/settings.txt · Last modified: 2016/09/06 06:05 by Den