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How I installed Drupal on Frihost

OK, time for me to explore a bit further the wonderful world of Content Management Systems.
Today during a boring phone call I decided to get a Drupal instance up and running here on Frihost.
Here are the major instructions how to do this on Frihost, besides the official installation instructions here:

  1. Create "Drupal" folder as child of public_html folder
  2. Download drupal from here
  3. Use CPanel File Manager to upload to "Drupal" folder
  4. Use CPanel File Manager to unpack (extract)
  5. Use CPanel MySQL Management to create a database for Drupal
  6. Use CPanel File Manager to make a copy of default.settings.php in your Drupal/drupal-7.32/sites/default directory, name it settings.php, make it writable for all ( these permissions will be changed after successful installation )
  7. Invoke install script:
    In the third panel specify database you created and basically use your cpanel userid and password.

Here is the link to my shiny new Drupal site:

6 blog comments below

Great Website Amagard!

Just thought I had to mention this as a cautionary. As yesterday picked up on a HUGE Drupal emergency security release. Looks as though all Version 7 and above Drupal Websites had been implicated:

Obviously your Website must be OK as you must have downloaded the latest release that is hopefully less vulnerable.

Any way, sorry, that was what went through my mind when I saw "Drupal" as someone at another Forum I'm at had his Webmail taken over with 1000s of spam e-mails sent through his account over two to three days, bumping the size of his Website by 800 plus megabytes. He was almost maxed out by the time he reported it. Looks as though a hacker had taken over his Webmail, and who knows what else. He had a really lovely Website though. Looks as though he has to rebuild it from scratch as the above security advisory said if he hadn't patched it immediately after 15 October when the first Drupal security advisory appeared, it would be almost impossible to find all of the backdoors that had to be patched. All of the great features of Drupal comes at a price. One needs to watch all of those security advisories, maybe set it up so one receives the security notices automatically by e-mail:
deanhills on Thu Nov 06, 2014 4:30 am
Thanks deanhills, for the warning.
There is probably no tool in the world, including famous operating systems like Windows, without any vulnerability.
I looked at the last security advisory from Drupal about "SA-CORE-2014-005 - Drupal core - SQL injection". It says: "Versions affected: Drupal core 7.x versions prior to 7.32." Also DRUPAL-PSA-2014-003 should be fixed with version 7.32

Dancing Luckily I installed version 7.32 yesterday.

The security advsiory page of Drupal has a RSS feed, so my first "project" with my shiny new Drupal side will be to add that RSS feed there.

It is certainly a good idea to do at least weekly backups of a Drupal or actually any CMS side. And also before upgrading to a new version. Here is a nice article about Drupal backups. Important to note: this is not just about the database, also core, non-core files and the /sites directory should be considered which for instance contains images you have embedded somewhere in your content.
amagard on Thu Nov 06, 2014 9:35 am
I think your timing was impeccable with your version of Drupal! Laughing

The idea for an RSS Feed sounds brilliant. Much better than e-mails. Cool
deanhills on Thu Nov 06, 2014 7:00 pm
OK, now I have an article on my side showing the latest 5 Drupal Security Adisories within the last 3 month; there are actually one 2 available right now for that filter.
Done by enabling the Aggregator Module and then going to Structure->Blocks and adding "Drupal Security advisories feed" as Content.
Took me a while to figure that out ! Reading lots of articles and postings in the internet only helped to some extent. I guess I don't understand Drupal's bascis yet, like the concept of Blocks.
amagard on Fri Nov 07, 2014 7:52 pm
Really nice. You put a lot of effort in the details. Well done! Cool
deanhills on Fri Nov 07, 2014 8:46 pm
Yes, deanhills, the purpose of installing Drupal here is actually for me to find out what can be done with it and gain some experience.
amagard on Sat Nov 08, 2014 10:23 am

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