How to Install Drupal

As an php application, to setup a Drupal site is relatively simple than the others - no matter you do it manually or use scripts installation tools like Fantastics or Simple Scripts.

Setup Drupal Manually

We do recommend to install Drupal manually. Below are what you could follow:

  1. Download Drupal source code (zip file) from Drupal Project
  2. Upload the file to web folder of your Drupal hosting server then uncompress it. (If you don’t have shell access, you might need to unzip it in local, and then upload the files).
  3. Copy {drupal}/sites/default/default.settings.php to {drupal}/sites/default/settings.php
  4. You can use either MySQL or PostgreSQL for your Drupal site. Create a database and the relevant user. You need to grant “All” privilege to the Drupal user. And these information will be used in the following step.
  5. Start drupal installer. The following steps are really straight forward. You can just follow  the instruction to finish the process. You will be asked to input database name, user and password during it, those information will be update to settings.php file automatically, which also means if you want to use another database, you can change the value in settings.php as well.
  6. It’s now, you should be able to see your Drupal site now..

Install Drupal with 1-Click Installer

Considering most of web hosts offer 1-click Drupal installer in the control panel, in below we will use Bluehost as an example to see how to install Drupal automatically.

Bluehost cPanel come with SimpleScripts, a tool you can use to install almost all the popular CMS, which include Drupal, WordPress, Joomla  and more. Below, we will show how easily you could setup a Drupal site.

  • Choose Drupal in SimpleScript control panel, you will see a screen as below.


  • Click “Installation” button, you can then choose which version of Drupal to install, and the foloder as well. You are also allowed to choose the site admin passowrd and mysql configuration if you want to customize them.


  • Click “Complete”, and you will see the site is up.
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