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Getting Started with Drupal


By steve - Posted on 08 September 2006

Drupal has pretty good install documents, but there are some things that one should remember to do that aren't included in the basic documentation or that are specific to how I typically do things.

  1. install apache2
  2. setup virtual hosting, if necessary, making changes to httpd.conf or related setup files:
    • add:

      <VirtualHost *:80>
           ServerAdmin your@email.com
           DocumentRoot /var/www/drupal
           ServerName drupal.mydomain.com
      <VirtualHost>
      
    • and:

      <Directory /var/www/drupal>
           Options FollowSymLinks
           AllowOverride All
      </Directory>
      
    • allow virtuals:

      NameVirtualHost *:80
  3. restart apache2
  4. install postgresql 8.x
  5. change pg_hba.conf to allow password auth:

    host    all         all         127.0.0.1/32          password
    host    all         all         10.10.15.0/32         password
    
  6. change postgresql.conf to optimize database
  7. start postgresql
  8. follow directions to unpack drupal
  9. follow directions to setup database
  10. create a files dir: /var/www/drupal/files
  11. create admin user (first user has all the power)
  12. set content, adminster, and settings menus to show expanded
  13. enable built-in modules you will be using. Almost always includes: comment, help, menu, page, path, profile, search, statistics, story, taxonomy, upload
  14. download and enable modules you will require--common ones are: porter-stemmer, image, print
  15. turn on address rewriting
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