How to install Drupal

In this guide I will show you how you can install Drupal on your localhost.

First, you need to download Drupal from their site:

http://drupal.org/

Extract the tar.gz file to your web accessible folder. Make sure you have the index.php on the root of the drupal folder.

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Second, you need to make sure that Drupal is really compatible to run on your current web server. In this case, the apache Webserver which came with the installer of wampserver. Which you can download for free at:

http://www.wampserver.com/en/download.php

At the time of writing of this guide, I have:

    • php –version 5.3.0
    • mysql –version 5.1.36
    • apache –version 2.2.11

Be sure that your wampserver installation complies with the requirements of the Drupal Content Management System. Because it won’t really work properly if it doesn’t meet the requirements.

http://drupal.org/requirements

As a summary for the requirements:

    • MySQL 3.23.17 or higher. MySQL
    • PHP version 4.4.0 or higher for Drupal 5 and Drupal 6, PHP 5.2.5 or higher for Drupal 7
    • Apache 1.3 or Apache 2.x hosted on UNIX/Linux, OS X, or Windows.

The wampserver installer will do, so you won’t have to install other versions of php, mysql and apache to make this work.

Next thing that you need to do is to open it up on your browser by typing:

http://localhost/drupal 

or whatever name you gave to the folder. Just choose Standard and click on Save and continue

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Select the default English. Then click save and continue.

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Enter your database server credentials. The defaults would be:

username: root

password:

Before you put in a database name. You first need to create one. To do that, launch MySql Console from the Wampserver tray icon found at the bottom right corner of the screen.

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Input these commands on the mysql console:

create database drupal_db

You can change the drupal_db to whatever you want, it doesn’t  really matter if you use another name.

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You’re now ready to input the database name you have just created. This is where the installer is going to put the tables.

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After you click on the save and continue, this is what it will look like. Just wait for it to finish. It won’t take long.

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All you have to do now is to configure the site name and other settings

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Scroll down a bit, and then set the options applicable to you. Then click save and continue.

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After that, just click on visit your new site and the installer will bring you to the newly created drupal site of yours. Installed on localhost.

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So you won’t really see this on google search results or on any search engine if you try to search it.

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Conclusion

That’s how you install drupal. A nice and free content management system just like Joomla. I might make another tutorial like this on how to use Drupal so stay tuned. Thanks for readingSmile

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