Here is the fundamental and a step by step guide for installing Drupal on your hosting service. However, before you begin you must make sure that the web hosts you use meet all the requirements listed by the Drupal Development Company for installing Drupal. Though almost every web host meets such requirements, but there are still some which stand out.
1) Download Drupal
Navigate to the major Drupal website using the web browser. Next, based on the Drupal version which you want to download, click on the relevant “zip” or “tar.gz” file link. This further allows you to save the selected file to your computer. Such a form of file is usually in a compressed format and further contains several other folders and files. Take note of the file name and the location in your computer where you have saved it.
2) Uploading the Drupal Files on your Web Hosting Account
Login to the address provided by your hosting company to you through the control panel. Next, start navigating the HTML directory. In case you have hosted several sites, do not forget to organize the folders in which you upload all the Drupal files. Always check before uploading the files if you’re ISP offers and option for uploading the unzipped, unarchived or the compressed file. If not, compress the files before uploading them. The former case is however preferred than the latter one as it generally ensures a quick and easy upload while in the latter case, first compressing of the files and then its uploading both are bound to take much more time and efforts. Once the compressed files have been uploaded successfully, then compress all these files on the server itself.
3) Rename the folder to a desired name
Rename the folder containing all your Drupal files on the hosting service from the current “Drupal-X.X” name to the one which you desire. However, you should always try to name this folder after the name which you have finalized or wish to pick for the name of your web site.
4) Set up the Domain
To configure and set up the domain name which directly points to the new directory which you have just created using the Drupal files, you would be required to refer to your specified Internet Service Provider. This process or step can be achieved through a variety of different ways. Also, remember that such a process always remain sensitive to the different tools which have been provided by your concerned ISP. As a general rule of thumb, simple register for a domain name first, then configure your related hosting account with the registered domain name and finally point this domain name to your hosting directory that further consists of the uncompressed or the extracted Drupal files.
5) Generate a configuration file
For setting up a new web site, you must be able to change or modify the settings.php file with the help of your browser. However, when you unarchived such files, then by default only the default.settings.php file seems to exist and the related permissions for accessing these files had been set to the read only option. In order to access these files or bring changes to them, you would be required to copy the file name and change its setting in a way that allows the server to both write and read the file via web browser.
6) Create the database and run the installation script
Create an empty as well as a new database for Drupal Development Company to use. Also, do not forget to add a user who will be allowed a complete access to this latest database. Once this is done, use your web browser for running the Drupal Installation script.
Guest article written by: Raze Steven is a web developer who has worked for a Drupal Development Company for ten consecutive years. He has designed several mobile apps for some leading businesses.
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