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Drupal 6.14, Introduction and Installation

Dec 01, 2009, 17:02 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Scott Clark)

"Drupal is open-source software that is distributed under the GPL ("GNU General Public License") and has a developer community comprised of thousands of users and developers.

"Drupal provides developers with a database-driven CMS that comes "out-of-the-box" with many often-requested features. The community provides thousands of modules, which can be installed to provide additional functionality, along with thousands of free themes to make your site stand out. Third party paid themes are also available, as well as custom themes designed specifically for your site. With all this in mind, I decided to use Drupal for a site I am building for one of my clients. This article will walk you through the installation process and showcase some of the out-of-the-box features that make Drupal so popular.

"The Drupal Pre-Installation Process

"To begin the installation procedure, you will need to set up a MySQL database on your web host or development server. This is usually accomplished through the CPanel of your web host. It's a point-and-click process that only takes a couple minutes, and once it's set up, you will be provided with the information you'll need to install Drupal, including:

* Database name
* Host name
* Port (usually 3306)
* User name
* Database password"

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