Drupal CMS is nothing but a Content Management System through which you can manage your content on various social media sites, informational websites, web applications, intranet and other member sites. Drupal cannot be considered as a Content Management System in detail. In fact, Drupal is a platform that is designed to integrate with various modules and plugins to act like a CMS at large. Drupal is free to use as it is an open source content management system. Drupal falls under the category of second generation Content Management Systems.
Installation of Drupal CMS
A step-by-step instruction for the process of installing the Drupal Content Management System is detailed below:
- Download the latest Drupal CMS version from the official website www.drupal.org and upload the same to the public folder of your system after extracting the zipped files.
- Create a database by following the method recommended by your web host. You can now connect to your site straight from your browser by typing the domain name. The domain name would differ on the basis of the folder or sub-folder created.
- Fill in the details of the various fields displayed on the screen such as type, name, username and password of the database along with the selection of the advanced options.
- Click the “Save Configuration” option after making the necessary settings.
- Click the link displayed on the “Drupal Installation Complete” page to open your new site.
- Create your Administrator account by clicking the link provided for the “create your first account” after opening your site. Enter all the necessary fields such as the username, email id, password and confirm password. Click “Submit”.
- Click the “Administer” menu available on the left side of the page to go ahead with the configuration of Drupal.
- Find a red box being displayed on the top of the screen notifying about some errors. Click the “Status Report” link in it.
- Click the “File system settings page” displayed in a red box on the status report page. On reaching the file system page, leave everything to default settings unless you have certain specifications and then click the “Save Configuration” option.
- Now repeat the steps from clicking the “Administer” to opening the “status report” page. On the status report page, click the “run cron manually’ link. A green colored status report would be displayed.
- Finally, you can log out as your Drupal installation and configuration process is successfully completed.
With GreenGeeks, you can use the 1-click installer found within the control panel for an easy method of Installing Drupal.
Drupal CMS Versions
Just like any other software application Drupal has also come up with various versions over a period with a new and improved set of features. Currently the team of developers at Drupal are working on the final brushings of Drupal 8 as it is scheduled to be released in the month of August 2013. As of now both the versions, Drupal 6 and Drupal 7 are continuing to receive support services from the maintenance team of Drupal. The briefings about each of Drupal 7 – the latest version and Drupal 8 – the upcoming version are detailed below:
- Drupal 7: Drupal 7 is the current version of Drupal available with more than sufficient number of features to handle the content of your system in a professional way. Before you actually install the Drupal 7, see to it that you meet the basic system requirement criteria. The dashboard menus available are very self explanatory for you to start working with your content by developing or creating, editing and formatting it easily.
- Drupal 8: Drupal 8 is the latest and upcoming version of Drupal containing a major set of 6 core initiatives related to areas such as Configuration Management, Web Services Context Core Initiative (WSCCI), Design, Multilingual Initiative, HTML 5 and Mobile. It is advised for the users of Drupal using versions 7 and below to upgrade now at the latest to be able to access Drupal 8 at a later point.
Drupal CMS offers various modules that integrate with its CMS to enhance the existing features and also to add on additional menus to perform advanced tasks and take your current Drupal CMS to a higher level. Some of those modules are listed below:
- Drupal Ecommerce
- Drupal Buddylist Chat
- Drupal Pathauto
- Drupal Guestbook
- Drupal Event
- Drupal Themes
- Drupal Views
Drupal Content Management System is definitely one of the most popular systems to handle the content the best way possible. Drupal offers something for every need of yours with its vast number of features and modules available open source. It is simple to handle and needs less of manual effort.