In this rambling video I fumble through installation and configuration of some of my “first thing” modules. This is what I install: “backup_migrate fpa devel webform views ctools globalredirect pathauto features entity token module_filter admin_menu coffee” (You can paste this directly into a #drush dl command … you will have to have Drush installed on your server, which is a very good idea)
To find these modules go to https://drupal.org/project/<module_name> (from my list above)
I configure: Backup & migrate, show you where to set up cron, change the administration menu and turn off the overlay. I prematurely set up a path alias in Pathauto.
Sorry about the length of the video, when I trip it takes longer.