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Using exported sites outside of Drupal Gardens

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Video: Using exported sites outside of Drupal Gardens

When you create an online property, whether it's a web site or an account on a social network, it's easy to get caught up in the excitement of starting something new. Too often lost in the excitement is what you're going to do in 3 or 6 or 12 months later. What happens if you want to move that property to another host? Will you be able to? Well, you can with Drupal Gardens, and in fact, the process is quite easy. At least, it's easy to get the site out of Drupal Gardens. Moving it into another environment is a different challenge, but first things first.

Using exported sites outside of Drupal Gardens

When you create an online property, whether it's a web site or an account on a social network, it's easy to get caught up in the excitement of starting something new. Too often lost in the excitement is what you're going to do in 3 or 6 or 12 months later. What happens if you want to move that property to another host? Will you be able to? Well, you can with Drupal Gardens, and in fact, the process is quite easy. At least, it's easy to get the site out of Drupal Gardens. Moving it into another environment is a different challenge, but first things first.

We are here on our site, and we want to move this to our own host. The first thing to do is click My Sites. Once there, click More next to your domain name, and go to Export Site. So far pretty easy, huh? On this page, you see quite a bit of information about what happens to your site when it gets exported. I am going to just summarize it, although of course you should read through this thing entirely from beginning to end. Essentially when you do the export, you will get a notification by e-mail.

Then some things will happen with the users. First of all, user number 1, which is Drupal Gardens--that's the entire site owner, the supper user, so to speak of the site--will get a random username and password, and that gets put into a text file, which I will show you. The site owner also gets a random password, although does keep the same username. Finally, other authenticated users-- that is, people who signed up for your site-- will need to reset their passwords when they log in to your site. Again, for complete instructions on what happens, go to the documentation on Drupal Gardens, but that will give you an overview.

Back to the process. You go through this and you click Export. Drupal Gardens takes a while to package up this site. You might remember when you exported a theme it also took a little while for it to put everything together into a package and then download it. Well in that case, you were just downloading the design; here, you are downloading the design and all the content and the software to run it. So, it actually takes a fair amount longer. I'll save that to my Desktop. Then once it's done, you are going to have to uncompress the file, and in fact, it goes through two levels of un- compression, you open up folders and so forth.

I have already done that on my computer. If you need any help doing that yourself, watch the courses on computer literacy on lynda.com. When you are all done with all the uncompressing and pulling things out of folders, you will end up with a folder called docroot. Go ahead and name that whatever you want your site to be called. I am going to call it "ExpCalExport." Let's take a look at what's in there. If you use Drupal in a self-hosted environment, you will notice a couple of things that are different about this, but for the most part it's just ordinary Drupal.

The first different part is this credentials file. Double-click the file to open it. This credentials file tells you all of the usernames and passwords for your site. I mentioned that user 1, which is the super user, gets a random username and random password. And then here is what was formally my username, and it gave me a new password as well. I will just close out that file. The other thing that's unusual in this folder is this .SQL file. Now, this is actually all of the content and all of the settings on your site.

I will open that up, and you see that it's all SQL instructions. It's not important that you understand all of this, but you need to hold on to this file, because that's what you are going to import when you create your site in its new location. That wasn't too hard, was it? The next step though--importing it into a self-hosted environment--it's a little harder. But to tell you the truth, it's still not that bad, and I will show you how to do it in the video about hosting exported Drupal Gardens sites.

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  1. 29m 56s
    1. Welcome
      1m 39s
    2. Previewing the finished project
      1m 29s
    3. What's new in the late 2011 update?
      5m 28s
    4. What is Drupal?
      5m 8s
    5. What is Drupal Gardens?
      5m 57s
    6. Getting started with Drupal Gardens
      5m 35s
    7. Getting help
      4m 1s
    8. Using the exercise files
      39s
  2. 17m 40s
    1. Using the administrative overlay
      2m 54s
    2. Using the dashboard, toolbar, and shortcut bar
      5m 36s
    3. Touring the newly created site
      3m 55s
    4. Configuring the site
      5m 15s
  3. 59m 47s
    1. Creating and managing content
      11m 11s
    2. Creating and managing content types
      10m 35s
    3. Embedding YouTube videos and other media
      4m 5s
    4. Subscribing to RSS feeds
      4m 49s
    5. Categorizing RSS feeds
      5m 1s
    6. Managing tags and taxonomies
      5m 50s
    7. Creating dynamic pages with simple views
      4m 29s
    8. Creating complex information collections with Views
      8m 59s
    9. Creating image galleries
      4m 48s
  4. 37m 50s
    1. Working with blocks
      10m 26s
    2. Setting up rotating banners
      7m 45s
    3. Understanding menus
      7m 27s
    4. Setting up contact forms
      7m 7s
    5. Adding and removing functionality
      5m 5s
  5. 54m 54s
    1. Managing users
      6m 28s
    2. Adjusting user permissions
      6m 35s
    3. Managing comments
      7m 7s
    4. Slowing spam
      5m 20s
    5. Starting discussion forums
      9m 3s
    6. Creating blogs
      4m 41s
    7. Setting up mailing lists
      4m 50s
    8. Allowing users to rate content
      4m 21s
    9. Using best practices for online clubs
      6m 29s
  6. 44m 35s
    1. Getting feedback with webforms
      6m 14s
    2. Publishing RSS feeds
      6m 40s
    3. Taking advantage of social media
      9m 33s
    4. Emphasizing external links
      2m 44s
    5. Improving search engine optimization (SEO)
      7m 30s
    6. Internationalizing sites
      8m 6s
    7. Tracking site usage with Google Analytics
      3m 48s
  7. 34m 40s
    1. Understanding Drupal themes
      5m 44s
    2. Understanding the Theme Builder
      5m 25s
    3. Switching, saving, and copying themes
      7m 13s
    4. Introducing custom CSS
      6m 51s
    5. Refining selections in the Theme Builder
      5m 48s
    6. Exporting themes
      3m 39s
  8. 48m 31s
    1. Changing the site's color palette
      2m 32s
    2. Changing the site's main logo and favicon
      5m 22s
    3. Changing the column number and arrangement
      5m 7s
    4. Adding background colors and images
      6m 29s
    5. Changing element spacing and borders
      6m 11s
    6. Adjusting typography
      4m 24s
    7. Using fonts from outside sources
      5m 7s
    8. Inserting raw CSS code into themes
      6m 57s
    9. Adding visual effects with JavaScript libraries
      6m 22s
  9. 14m 18s
    1. Finessing theme design
      7m 51s
    2. Eight ideas for modifying themes
      6m 27s
  10. 23m 38s
    1. Monitoring sites
      4m 11s
    2. Duplicating and deleting sites
      4m 23s
    3. Adding custom domains
      3m 48s
    4. Using exported sites outside of Drupal Gardens
      3m 46s
    5. Hosting exported Drupal Gardens sites
      7m 30s
  11. 51s
    1. Goodbye
      51s

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