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Drupal Installation

Before you start you will need your domain name, a web hosting account for your domain, access to your control panel and an FTP client. All the software with the modules described in this video eBook can be downloaded from the link mentioned in the "Resources" section at the end of the page.

Using your control panel from your web host you will first need to create a MySQL database for your installation. There are four pieces of information required to start the installation.

Database User Name : __________________
Database Password : ___________________
Database Name : ______________________
Database Host Name : __________________

If you have selected a virtual or dedicated hosting solution, your database may reside on your localhost (same server as your web host). However, if you have a shared hosting setup, your database is likely to be hosted elsewhere. You will need this information. Write this down on a piece of paper (or you can print this sheet) before you proceed.

To follow along with this tutorial you need Drupal with many modules. I have grouped these modules for simplicity into one simple download. You can download this entire package from the "Resources" link section. Once you have download this file to your desktop, you will need to unzip this file using your built in Win Unzip tool (Right click unzip, similar to unzipping this video eBook). It has features like the ability to create polls, surveys, blogs, sitemaps, web forms, image galleries, e-commerce and much more. You can decide which of these functionality you would like to have. Additionally, in this package you will find over 30 themes to choose for your site. As an owner of this video eBook you will have access to the latest updates, modules and information to keep your Drupal CMS up to date.

The installation process described here is a bit time consuming, i.e. – you will be waiting on a file transfer process for anywhere from 10-30 minutes depending on your connection speed. The alternate way is to transfer the zip file directly to the server and unzip it on the server. However, this method is a bit more complex. I have made every effort possible to keep the entire installation process simple. If you are aware of the quicker methods, you are welcome to do it that way.

Unzip the files and copy all the source files from your local computer folder to the root folder of your web host. This is important, otherwise your installation may appear in a directory like www.youdomainname.com/directory_name.

Once the installation is complete, create your first account immediately. It is a super privileged account. Be sure to use an accessible email account for your first account (like Gmail). If you use your own corporate email, ensure that your email service is functional first. If you forget your password a new password is emailed to this account.

Resources:

  • Download Drupal 5.2 with all the modules here (Please use official Drupal.org version with modules instead)

Video:

In this video you will see how to create run your Drupal installation and create the first super privileged account.