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In Drupal 7 New Features, author Tom Geller demonstrates changes to the Drupal 7 administrative interface and other enhancements that have come out of its three-year development period. This course covers its simplified installation process, new themes that will help kick-start design projects, the customizable shortcut bar that puts often-used commands in easy reach, update procedures that leverage its browser-based interface, and a new way of defining fields to create complex content types without additional modules.
The Acquia Drupal stack installer is a real improvement over both MAMP and WAMP, which is what I recommended as the AMP stacks for Drupal 6. But it does have one peculiarity. Instead of installing Core Drupal, which is what you download from the drupal.org website, it installs Acquia's own version of Drupal. Now personally I like Acquia Drupal a lot and actually I usually use that as the base for the sites that I build personally, but it is less common than Core Drupal. It has a lot of extra pieces and some complications that are outside the purview of this course.
If you're asked to work on a Drupal site that someone else has set up, chances are it was created in Core Drupal, not Acquia Drupal. So unless that changes, the Drupal courses I do for lynda.com will deal with Core Drupal. So, let's get Core Drupal into Acquia's AMP Stac. Here's how you do it. The first thing that you need to do is download Core Drupal, and the place to do that is at drupal.org. I'll go up to this tab that we had open for Acquia and enter the URL. It is drupal.org/project/drupal.
You can actually download Core Drupal from the front page of drupal.org. I usually go to this, page/project/ drupal, because then I can download any version, and as I'm doing this course before 7 comes out I can actually grab the advanced versions, the 7.x-development snapshots. To download it, you just click on Download and save it as you normally would any other file that you're going to install. Once we've downloaded the file, we just go to its download location and uncompress it. For me that's the Downloads folder. On Windows you might have to install an additional program in order to uncompress it.
I've done so already. So I'll just double-click. It'll take a little while for the file to uncompress, but when it's finished it'll end up with a folder similar to this one that starts with the word drupal. Once it's uncompressed, drag it to a place where you know you can find it. I'm going to put it on the desktop and then go to the desktop so that I can see it and there is. If we open it we see all of the files that make up Core Drupal. The next step is to import it into the Acquia DAMP. So we go to it and then click on the pop-up menu here and go down to More.
This is where you can import additional versions of Drupal. I click on Import, look for the files that I just downloaded by clicking on Browse, and you'll remember I put that on the desktop, so there it is. I just click on the enclosing folder and say OK. So that's the files. Now Drupal is made up of both files and databases. Since we're going to be creating a completely new site, we create a new database and we give it a name. I'm going to call this database d7nf for Drupal 7 New Features, and the site itself I'll call d7nf.
Now you can't leave this as localhost because the default version of Drupal that the DAMP installs, that is Acquia Drupal, has the name localhost and if you try to do this it'll just complain and say, "No, you can't do that." So I'm going to call this d7nf and Import. It takes a few moments, and then once it's done it launches your new site. Now you don't actually have to get rid of the old Acquia Drupal; it's living there alongside Core Drupal in the Acquia Drupal Stack Installer, and as I go back to it you'll see we have both the original acquia_drupal and our Core Drupal here, d7nf.
So we now have a new AMP stack that works a lot better than WAMP or MAMP. We have Core Drupal completely installed, but our installation isn't quite complete. We still have to go through Drupal's own installation process. You might remember when we first installed the AMP stack that was already done for us because it installed Acquia Drupal and went through the whole installation process by asking us the username and password first, and then just finished with a complete site. We still have to do this with Core Drupal however. Don't worry though. It's a quick and easy process and there are some real improvements over how things were done in Drupal 6.
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