How to Install Drupal
What is Drupal?
Drupal is a full
Content Management System in which you can use to build an interactive
web site. You can have registered users as well. You can control content, photos,
create a personal home page, blog and more.
To use Drupal, you need to be sure your CGI account is set up. Please
see How To Request A CGI Account
for more information. You may also need to have a MySQL account set up if the
script accesses a MySQL database. Most PHP-based scripts require this. Please
see How To Request A MySQL Database.
You will also need to download a copy of
Drupal. The version used in this tutorial was 6.12.
IMPORTANT SECURITY NOTE!|
Always be sure you have
installed the latest updates and/or patches for the script as well as for any
additional add-ons. Updates are very important to the security and proper
functioning of the script! Our instructions may be for earlier versions of
scripts due to the fact that we are not able to keep up with updates to every
script at all times. It is still up to the domain owner to install and use the
latest version of these scripts.
Remember that only your main account can access CGI scripts on your server. Any
hosting or extra FTP accounts that access these scripts may cause your account
to be deactivated and you'll have to contact
For Drupal to work correctly, please do not put it or it's
directories inside your cgi-bin directory. If you do, the script may not work.
It's best to use a separate directory and leave the cgi-bin directory for your
After downloading Drupal, you must extract the files from the archive. Windows
users will need a program such as WinZip
or PowerArchiver. Be
sure to extract the files onto a separate directory on your hard drive.
copy sites/default/default.settings.php to sites/default/settings.php
on your own computer where you extracted the files to.
Edit the bolded areas in sites/default/settings.php file as follows:
$db_url = 'mysql://yourdomaincom:your_database_password@localhost/yourdomaincom';
$db_prefix = 'drupal_';
Change yourdomaincom to that of your full domain name, leaving out the dot. Change your_database_password
to that of your MySQL datbase password. Be sure to set the $db_prefix to something, like drupal_
Upload all drupal files to the CGI server via FTP. We suggest you first create a drupal directory and upload
all the files to that directory.
chmod (or set file permissions in your FTP program) for /sites/default/settings.php to 666.
Make a files directory in the /sites/default directory and set the file permissions for the directory
Point your browser to your drupal installation, for example, http://cgi.yourdomain.com/drupal/install.php.
Follow the setup instructions. When done, it will show a page with a pink-red box at the top saying you can now remove
the write permissions from the settings file.
Go into your FTP and change the file permissions for /sites/default/settings.php back to 644. You can now log off
your FTP server and continue with working with your Drupal installation in your web browser.
If you have any problems or questions about Drupal, please consult the
Drupal web site.
Active Web Hosting may not be able to provide support for this program or it's
Below you'll find a list of alternative software that you may also want to try.
Click on the program name to go to the author's site. Click on the 'Tutorial'
link to view our installation tutorial.