Drupal Site Setup

I set up a Drupal site before I converted this to Wordpress. I will outline what was used for the setup of the Drupal 6 site (Ubuntu).

I set up a Drupal site before I converted this to WordPress. I will outline what was used for the setup of the Drupal 6 site (Ubuntu).

  1. To start, unpack the Drupal files to your web directory.
  2. You should create your Apache site configuration, setup your MySQL database and setup a local email MTA to relay email locally.
  3. You will be able to run the Drupal configuration/setup tool at: http://localhost/install.php (or wherever you placed the Drupal files).
  4. Setup or make sure you have a Drupal cron job (on Linux, other environments may use a different scheduler) that is running successfully to index the site and perform other tasks.
  5. Make some directories (you may need to run as sudo) to store themes and modules (contrib is other’s code, custom is your own):
    user@computer:$ mkdir -p /usr/share/drupal6/sites/all/modules/
    user@computer:$ mkdir -p /usr/share/drupal6/sites/all/themes/contrib/
    user@computer:$ mkdir -p /usr/share/drupal6/sites/all/themes/custom/
  6. Find a nice theme and unpack it in the sites/all/themes/contrib directory. The theme should be available immediately.
  7. Download and install modules by unpacking to the site/all/modules/ directory. Once installed they will show up immediately in the site administration tool and you will need to enable them. Below are the following modules that I’ve currently enabled and found to be helpful in getting this site set up:
    • Blog
    • Menu
    • OpenID
    • Ping
    • Search
    • Tracker
    • Blog reactions
    • Pathauto
    • Service links
    • Watcher
    • Tagadelic
    • Views
  8. Once all of the modules are configured, add a Tags taxonomy and configure your site settings as desired. You should have a fully-functioning site setup in just a short amount of time.

About ipaul

My name is Paul Hassinger, the founder of ipaul.com. I have been an avid user of computers since a child. I started when I was about 10 years old working on an Atari computer. Since then, I grew and have had exposure to all types of technologies. I started using FIDONet on a BBS as a child and grew to the Internet. My first graphical world wide web experience was in 1993 using Mosaic. Over time I've worked with both small and large computing systems even maintaining systems serving millions of users on some of the largest social networking sites. I hope to use this blog to capture what I've learned over the years and what I do in my daily life so that others and myself may find the information useful.