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Installing Drupal 6 using Acquia

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Video: Installing Drupal 6 using Acquia

Before we can do any work today, we need to install Drupal. Installing Drupal is already covered in depth in the Drupal Essential Training course, which is also available on Lynda.com. In Essential Training, Drupal was set up using WAMP or MAMP, which works just fine, but I will be installing Drupal using the new Acquia Drupal Control Panel for Windows, which is actually a very new exciting thing, because now you don't have to do any configurations to your machine to get Drupal running locally.

Installing Drupal 6 using Acquia

Before we can do any work today, we need to install Drupal. Installing Drupal is already covered in depth in the Drupal Essential Training course, which is also available on Lynda.com. In Essential Training, Drupal was set up using WAMP or MAMP, which works just fine, but I will be installing Drupal using the new Acquia Drupal Control Panel for Windows, which is actually a very new exciting thing, because now you don't have to do any configurations to your machine to get Drupal running locally.

You should know that using either method will work just fine to follow along in this course. So two things will be needed to be downloaded. The first is Drupal 6, and you can find that at drupal.org. You can just click Download Drupal, and then you will want to open that zip file. The second item to download is the Acquia Drupal Stack Installer. This is the Control Panel I was mentioning, and that's available at acquia.com, in their Downloads section. So when you visit Downloads, there would be the Acquia Drupal Stack Installer for Windows and Mac.

Choose your appropriate platform, click Download Now, and then install that application. I have already installed mine on Windows, and here is what the Control Panel looks like. Everything seems to running fine, because we get the green lights for both Apache and MySQL. Essentially, Acquia Drupal's Control Panel allows Drupal to be installed easily, and includes all the necessary pieces that are required to run Drupal. So that's Apache, MySQL, and PHP, all encompassed in this one application.

So to get Drupal 6 installed, I can actually just click on the localhost, which will list any of my multiple sites that I install locally. I want to click More, and by clicking More I am brought to this list of sites. I am going to click Import, because I will be creating a new Drupal 6 site, not using the Acquia version of Drupal. So you can click Import if you already have a Drupal site ready, or if you want to install something that you have been working on.

So I am actually going to Browse for my files. Now, I have already put my drupal-6 folder inside my Sites folder, so I click My Folder> drupal-6, and I will actually create a new database. If you already have a database, you can import it now. So this one I will call lynda_drupal_ themes, and I will actually place it at a lynda-drupal-themes folder. And as you can see, we get a preview at the bottom of where that's actually going to live on our local machine.

Notice I didn't add a .com or .net. This is not necessary as it's only going to run locally. Click Import. It's now restarting the appropriate services. Your browser's automatically open, and we are now brought to the Installation screen for Drupal 6. So I am going to click Install Drupal. So I am entering a site address that is not going to really be used since it's going to run only locally. And I have to put in a Username and an E- mail, plus a Password for my first user.

So I am just going to use password as my Password. Make sure that the Default time zone settings are set, and we also want to make sure that we Enable Clean URLs. If you are not able to set these settings, then you are missing an important file called Htaccess. So make sure that you have actually copied that over. We will click Save and Continue. Now, Drupal has finished the installation, we can visit the site. Now, since Drupal is installed, we are logged in, we can now start getting Drupal Themed.

Even though we use the Acquia Drupal Stack Installer here, your MAMP or WAMP setup would be just fine. All we need is a Drupal 6, fresh installed, so we can actually theme it.

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Drupal 6: Creating and Editing Custom Themes

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  1. 8m 19s
    1. Welcome
      1m 3s
    2. Using the exercise files
      7m 16s
  2. 5m 17s
    1. Learning about Drupal themes
      2m 0s
    2. Building sites today with Drupal
      1m 7s
    3. Required knowledge and software
      2m 10s
  3. 22m 38s
    1. Installing Drupal 6 using Acquia
      4m 4s
    2. Configuring the appropriate modules for a Drupal site
      1m 59s
    3. Creating pages with standard node content types
      4m 48s
    4. Creating custom node content types
      6m 19s
    5. Adding RSS secondary content
      3m 11s
    6. Finalizing site navigation
      2m 17s
  4. 22m 0s
    1. Installing the Theme Developer module (aka Devel)
      6m 27s
    2. Ensuring cross-browser compatibility with conditional style sheets
      5m 16s
    3. Using Firefox extensions for site development
      6m 57s
    4. Working with Dreamweaver
      3m 20s
  5. 35m 13s
    1. Choosing a default theme
      2m 5s
    2. Touring the core themes
      5m 25s
    3. Configuring global theme features and post settings
      4m 46s
    4. Adding a logo and shortcut icon (favicon)
      4m 7s
    5. Setting the administration theme
      4m 0s
    6. Installing a new theme
      3m 47s
    7. Positioning blocks in theme regions
      5m 56s
    8. Setting user theme permissions
      5m 7s
  6. 40m 36s
    1. Using the Color module to change color schemes
      5m 0s
    2. Preparing to build a sub-theme
      7m 13s
    3. Building a sub-theme: Creating the .info file
      8m 51s
    4. Building a sub-theme: Adding custom styles (CSS)
      7m 25s
    5. Building a sub-theme: Adding custom theme regions
      12m 7s
  7. 35m 0s
    1. Exploring a theme folder
      3m 19s
    2. Setting up a theme .info file
      4m 7s
    3. Adding styles (CSS) to a theme
      7m 9s
    4. Including a style sheet for right to left readers
      1m 43s
    5. Creating a print style sheet
      3m 30s
    6. Adding JavaScript to a theme
      5m 49s
    7. Adding graphics and images to a theme
      3m 7s
    8. Understanding theme templates (tpl.php)
      3m 19s
    9. Understanding template variables
      2m 57s
  8. 30m 33s
    1. Understanding page templates
      8m 2s
    2. Creating a template to theme every page (page.tpl.php)
      6m 54s
    3. Creating a template to theme just the front page (page-front.tpl.php)
      4m 33s
    4. Creating a template to theme individual pages (page-node-nid.tpl.php)
      3m 43s
    5. Creating a template for "site offline" maintenance pages
      7m 21s
  9. 13m 20s
    1. Understanding node templates
      4m 24s
    2. Creating a template to theme every node (node.tpl.php)
      2m 16s
    3. Creating a template to theme custom node types (node-type.tpl.php)
      5m 10s
    4. Discovering node templates using the theme developer module
      1m 30s
  10. 21m 32s
    1. Understanding block templates
      3m 32s
    2. Creating a template to theme every block (block.tpl.php)
      2m 37s
    3. Creating a template to theme an individual block (block-module-delta.tpl.php)
      8m 26s
    4. Creating a template to theme all blocks from a single module (block-module.tpl.php)
      3m 41s
    5. Creating a template to theme all blocks in a certain region (block-region.tpl.php)
      3m 16s
  11. 7m 33s
    1. Exploring the comments template (comment.tpl.php)
      5m 20s
    2. Exploring other core modules and their templates (other tpl.php files)
      2m 13s
  12. 10m 5s
    1. Removing unnecessary modules
      1m 43s
    2. Optimizing site performance
      2m 17s
    3. Streamlining site files for launch
      1m 26s
    4. Troubleshooting when a white screen appears instead of Drupal
      3m 15s
    5. Touring Drupal community groups
      1m 24s
  13. 11s
    1. Goodbye
      11s

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