Join Tom Geller for an in-depth discussion in this video Getting a Drupal site up fast, part of Drupal 7 Essential Training.
You've probably looked at the dozens of videos in this course and said, "Whoa, wait a second. I just want to get my site up." This video gives you only the most bare instructions to get a Drupal site running, and then tells you which videos to watch for more help. There are basically three steps. First, we will download and install the Acquia Drupal Stack installer, also known as DAMP. Second, we will download and import core Drupal-- that's the Drupal you get from Drupal.org--into that DAMP. Third, we'll run Drupal's browser-based installer. And that's it. Then we'll be ready to add content and administer our site.
Now, along the way I'm going to do this very, very quickly--and in fact, I've already downloaded some of these files and uncompressed them. If you have any problems with these steps, see the Computer Literacy courses by Garrick Chow, also on lynda.com. But let's get started. Our first stop is at acquia.com/downloads. Here we grab the DAMP by looking over here for the platform we're on. In our case, we're on Windows, so I just click Download Now, and save it. That will take a few moments. We then go to our download location, which in my case is the Desktop, and double-click the file that's been downloaded there.
Your computer may throw up a window that warns you about installing a program from the Internet. In this case, I know we want to do it, so I'll click Yes. That launches the Drupal Stack installer. I'm just going to click through this. You really don't have to change any of the defaults. I'll explain what they are in a later video about installing the Drupal Stack installer. Finally, we come to what we want to name our site. We're actually going to be replacing the version of Drupal that's installed by the Stack installer, so it doesn't really matter what we put here.
Still, for consistency, I'll say username is "admin" and password, as it is throughout this course, is "Drupal". You of course will use whatever password you prefer. And an e-mail address, and then click Next. We get a confirmation screen. Click Next again, and then one more time to install the Stack installer. This process will take a few minutes. And we're done. When we click Finish, that launches the control panel for Acquia Drupal. So that's our first step completed.
Now we want to grab core Drupal and import it into this stack. To do that, we go back to our web browser and go to drupal.org/project/drupal. Scroll down on this page until you get down to the Downloads area. Now, I'm making this video before the official release of 7.0, so I'm going to download this one. However, by the time you see it, you'll probably see a 7.0 version or 7.something version up here in the green area, and that's the one that you should download. I click here to download. I've already done it, and my download is on the Desktop.
So I'll go back there, and I'll start the import process. So there is our drupal folder after it has been uncompressed. If you have any problems with that step, watch Garrick Chow's videos on Computer Literacy, also on lynda.com. I'm going to rename that folder to 2trees. That goes along with the site that we're going be building throughout the course, which is about a fictional olive oil company called Two Trees Olive oil. Once we've renamed the folder, I go back into my control panel, go to Settings and Sites and Import.
I find that folder and click OK. Create a new database. I'll call that 2trees as well, and call the server 2trees, and click Import. Doing so launches our browser and starts the third step of our process, where we go through Druple's own installer. Click Save and continue, and continue on. Again, I'll go through all of these steps individually in a later video. Finally, we add a little bit of information about the site, including the primary, what's called the super-user.
I'll call this Two Trees Olive Oil. Put in a little bit of other information. Finally, click Save and continue, and that takes us to our completely installed Drupal site. Click on Visit your new site, and we are done. Now you can start adding content to your site, changing the design, managing users--basically doing everything it takes to make this site your own.
If you're just seeking a quick and dirty way to get started, see the video "Learning Drupal's Basic Workflow." Then once your site is ready on your laptop or desktop computer, you can move that installation to a server, which you'll learn about from several videos in the section on Installing Drupal on a Server.
- Comparing Drupal with other content management systems
- Understanding nodes
- Creating basic content
- Adding blogs, discussions groups, and polls
- Subscribing to RSS feeds
- Creating new content types
- Managing users, roles, and permissions
- Creating and modifying block regions
- Adding menus
- Extending site capabilities with modules
Skill Level Beginner
Q: In the "Getting Drupal up and running fast" movie, the author downloads and install the Acquia Drupal stack installer, but I can't find it on the Acquia downloads page (acquia.com/downloads).
A: After the course was released, Acquia changed their branding. What used to be called the "stack installer" is now "Acquia Dev Desktop" -- that's the one you want. It includes Acquia Drupal, Apache, MySQL and PHP.
Q: This course was updated on 11/10/2011. What changed in this release?
A: This update was a change to the movie "Installing the Acquia Drupal stack installer (DAMP)". The movie is now called "Installing the Acquia Dev Desktop".
After the course was released, Acquia changed their branding. What used to be called the "stack installer" is now "Acquia Dev Desktop". Please review this movie to learn about changes to the installation process.