How To Install Drupal Manually a Technician Guide

How To Install Drupal Manually a Technician's Guide

This article explains how to install Drupal manually in our environment.

There are four parts to this that need to be followed in the order below.

Locating the client in PBA

  1. Login to PBA.
  2. Locate the domain/customer and login to the customer's Control Panel.
  3. From the drop down menu, choose the desired subscription.
  4. In the My Subscriptions section, click on Create own subscription.
  6. Supply the username  (recommendation is their domain name less the "."). This is their FTP login. Make a note of it for the Welcome Email.
  7. Supply the password specified in the signup ticket and repeat it, again making a note for the Welcome Email.
  8. Click on OK to finish the subscription and move on to the next step Creating Domain Alias.

Creating Domain Alias

  1. On the Customizing Subscription page, click on OK.
  2. Click on the [domain].
  3. Click on the Websites & Domains tab.
  4. In the Websites & Domains tab click on Add a New Domain Alias.
  5. Type [domain] and check the Synchronize DNS zone with the primary domain and Web service check boxes.
  6. Once this is completed you can move on to the steps for Activating PHP.

Activate PHP

  1. Login to your control panel.
  2. Select Domains tab.
  3. Click on the Websites & Domains tab.
  4. Click on Show Advanced Operations.
  5. Click Website Scripting and Security.
  6. Uncheck ASP.NET. Choose the latest version (5.3.x) of PHP and Fast CGI application. Check CGI support. Click on OK.

Create a MySQL database

  1. In the Websites & Domains tab, select Databases.
  2. Select the Add New Database button.
  3. Fill out the Database name.
  4. Change the type from Microsoft SQL Server to MySQL. Click OK.
  5. Select Add New Database User.
  6. Enter the Database user name and Password. Click OK.
    Please Note: You will need to have the database name, database user, and database password to complete the Drupal installation.

Installing and configuring Drupal 7.x.x

  1. Go to and download the latest release. You will want to download the zipped format version.
  2. Extract the ZIP file to your desktop.
  3. Connect to your site via FTP. If you are unsure how to connect to your site via FTP you can follow the KB article below:
    How to Use FTP to Upload, Download and Modify Files.
  4. Go to C:\Inetpub\vhosts\yourdomain. Remove the existing files in your httpdocs folder.
  5. Upload the files that you extracted to your httpdocs folder.
  6. Once you have completed the upload of the files you need to reapply the user permissions to the httpdocs folder.
  7. Next, access the site by visiting the URL (hosts file needs to be modified if viewing site on the server).
  8. After you have accessed the site you can now finish up the configuration of the site.
    Please note: This is where you are going to need your database name, database user, and database password to complete the Drupal installation.
  9. On the first page you will select Standard Install. This will install all the core modules by default. Click Save and continue.
  10. Choose your language then click Save and continue.
  11. If you incur any errors at the Verify requirements step you will need to create a folder under sites/default named files. Then you will need to run a Reapply Permissions in Control Suite.
  12. On the next screen you will then need to provide your database name, database user, and database password to connect to the database.
  13. Now you will create you default administrator account and password.
  14. Once you have completed the configuration you will automatically be signed in as your administrator account.

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