How_to_Install_and_Configure_Drupal_CMS by zhucezhao

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									How to Install and Configure Drupal CMS

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Summary:
Drupal is a feature rich Content Management System (CMS) which allows
webmasters to run dynamic website without PHP knowledge. Publishers can
add website content through admin interface.


Keywords:
install, drupal


Article Body:
Drupal is a feature rich Content Management System (CMS) which allows
webmasters to run dynamic website without PHP knowledge. Publishers can
add website content through admin interface. Thanks many modules it is
possible to install a lot of additional features like spell check,
displaying banners or AdSense ads, chat, mailing list, e-commerce modules
etc. Drupal CMS was written in PHP and can be downloaded free of charge.
In this article I will explain how to install this script and describe
the configuration basics.

Web hosting requirements for Drupal CMS

Before you start the installation process, ensure that your web host
offers PHP support, cron jobs and MySQL database. Drupal requires PHP
version 4.3.3 or higher (Drupal 4.5 and earlier versions will not run on
PHP 5), PHP XML extension and MySQL v3.23.17 or higher. If you are not
sure which version of PHP and MySQL your web hosting provider currently
uses, contact their help desk and ask them first.

How to install Drupal CMS

First download the latest Drupal release from developers website. Use
software such as WinZip or Total Commander to extract downloaded archive
to your hard disk. Edit the file called settings.php located in
sites/default folder. Set up your website url and basic MySQL database
variables like username, password and database server. Use any ftp
program to upload extracted files to your web host. In case you have
never set up MySQL database, login to the web hosting control panel and
create a new one. Now login to your phpMyAdmin and create MySQL tables
using the database.mysql file located in "database" folder. Now open your
browser and point it to your website. Create a new account -- the first
account you will create will automatically become the admin account with
full admin rights.

Another and easier solution how to install this PHP script is to sign up
for a quality web hosting service which offers pre-installed PHP scripts.
Then easily go to your control panel, find the section with pre-installed
scripts and select Drupal. The installer will do all the job for you. All
you need to do is to choose the script you want to install.

How to configure Drupal CMS

The script was successfully installed and now is the time to do some
additional settings. Optionally, you can create in your Drupal
installation directory folder where will be stored files such as custom
logos and user avatars. Create this subdirectory and set up "read and
write" permission. Many Drupal modules have periodic tasks. From this
reason you will need to setup cron jobs. Call the cron page by visiting
cron.php file in your root directory.

Now browse the admin control panel. Consider to enable some new modules
and edit menus. Open "theme manager" to change the theme. Set up welcome
message for your users. Modify meta tags for higher search engine
placement. Check settings and make sure that everything fits your needs.
And if you will need to help with some specific problem visit support
forum where you will find thousands of interesting threads. Good luck!

								
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