The programming field will always leave you with a headache, and there is nothing that you can do about it.
No matter how experienced you are, you will always find yourselves, figuring out how to solve an issue, with your newly developed application, which you weren’t expecting either.
The issues that I speak of here are called bugs, because these programming problems, bug the life out of you.
When you are done solving some of these issues you are left with no life, and you feel miserable.
It is a cruel world out here, in the land of programmers, so you are going to have to grow thick skin, if you want to survive and be successful, in the technology industry.
You have to be ready, to be miserable for days at a time, and think about your programming problems until you are able to solve them.
Your whole life, will revolve around that problem or task that you may have to accomplish, in order for you to be able to develop an excellent application for people to use.
In today’s article we are going to talk about the Drupal Content Management System (CMS), which is being used by many website developers today.
Of course, the system is robust and we are not going to be able to cover every single feature of the CMS, but you can always do more research if you find that this article is not enough for you.
Well I will tell you right now, this article is not going to be enough for you to fully understand, the Drupal CMS.
You will also spend all your life, learning this system, because the system changes, very often and your skills, have to change with the system.
When you don’t allow yourselves to grow within the technology industry, then you are putting yourselves at risk, because you are don’t acquire new skills that way.
In the technology industry, just as technology upgrades every day, you too have to upgrade on a daily basis.
Learning Drupal, is a good way for you to always stay ahead of your competition, and be upgraded every day, because Drupal is a system that is updated all the time.
When you learn Drupal, the first thing you may already want to have under your belt is PHP, because if you don’t, you will have a very hard time understanding how to fully use Drupal.
If you don’t already know PHP or programming in general, you will have a hard time learning Drupal as well.
The reason being is that Drupal is a very complex system, which can either be very easy to learn, if your website doesn’t have too many complexities, or it can be very complex, when your website has to include many modules and be updated regularly.
Also if you need to upgrade your Drupal CMS system, you will find that they knowledge that you have in Drupal, will be able to take you far.
You have to keep in mind also that, most websites are not as simple as you may think anymore, because of all the new technology that is being developed daily.
In today’s website world, most websites require many things which are considered to be basic, to most developers.
However, to a beginner or someone who don’t know a programming language, simple tasks done in Drupal, can become very difficult to accomplish.
The reason being, is that many things done in Drupal, do require that you open up your favorite integrated development environment (IDE) and go into the core files of Drupal, in order for you to be able adjust your website to your liking.
If you are not that good with programming, is okay, but if you don’t know anything about programming, then you will have a hard time using Drupal.
So it is a good idea that you learn PHP or a programming language, so that you are able to grasp Drupal’s complexity.
Drupal will make you cry like a little baby, when you don’t have experience and is learning this CMS for the very first time.
The good thing about Drupal though, is that there is extensive knowledge and information, which you can use to help you solve any problems you may have.
So that you don’t have a hard time, and quit in the middle of all your learning, but do know this, you will have to do a lot work, in order for you to fully grasp Drupal.
Alright, let’s get into Drupal now, if you would like to set up your first Drupal website, you would have to first, know how to install Drupal on your computer.
Before you install it though, you have to also know the requirements that you would need to make, your Drupal installation process a success.
When it comes to Drupal, you will need to have a database management system and server, installed on your computer, and an active server, which will help you serve your Drupal website to the world.
The server will be run on PHP, so you would also have to make sure that you have the latest, PHP version installed on your computer as well.
The platform of the server could either be windows or Linux, whichever one comes the easiest to you.
Linux is always the easiest to work with, but many of you developers out there, are probably working with Windows.
Also you have to make sure that you grab, the latest stable version of Drupal, to be installed on your computer.
In order for you to be able to install Drupal on your machine, so that you are able to build your very first Drupal website, you have to first and for most make sure that your server is up and running.
In order to check if your server is ready, open up a browser, and type in localhost; if your server was set up correctly, then you will see a message that says that your server is up and ready.
If you didn’t install and set up your server correctly, then you won’t see any positive message, instead you will see an error page, to let you know that you server needs to be configured.
Most servers come configured already, so you shouldn’t have to do any type of configuration.
Also if you use an installation kit, you won’t have to worry about downloading the prerequisite software, one by one.
Once you have checked that your server is up and running find, you also need to make sure that you install, the latest version of a database management system, preferably MySQL, but you can install any other one.
You also need to configure your database and set up a user name and a password, for security purposes and to allow your Drupal CMS, to be able to connect with it.
After you have done all of this, now it is time to install Drupal; in order for you to do this, you first have to download it from the Drupal website and unzip it within the folder where your server resides.
Usually you would have your server on a root folder called www, this name may change depending on the Operating System you use, but www is used for most of the operating system, especially Linux Ubuntu.
Go to the Drupal website and you will find more information about where you should deploy your Drupal software.
If you already have a webhosting account, and you are not trying to install a local copy of Drupal on your computer, then your webhost will provide you with a control panel, where you will be to accomplish all of the steps mentioned above without a problem, on their server, what you were trying to accomplish on your computer.
You also won’t have to worry much about installing any PHP, MySQL, or a valid server, because your webhost, will provide you with an already configured server, where all you’ll have to do is to install Drupal.
You don’t even have to download Drupal, when you use a web-host to install Drupal and begin developing your Drupal website.
Once you have all the necessary requirement on your local machine or your web-host, now it’s time that you install Drupal.
In order for you to be able to do this, you’ll have to first go to your web browser and type in the name of your website.
If you are installing Drupal on your localhost, then you’ll have to type in localhost and the port where your Drupal is going to be installed.
Alright, let’s back up for understanding, and let’s instead use an installation kit, used for Windows.
You need to install XAMPP for windows, which would install all of the required software, which you will need to install Drupal locally.
Once you have installed XAMPP you’ll have an easier journey installing Drupal locally and configure everything that you need.
XAMPP give you the ability to configure your server and your database, so that Drupal can be installed on your computer.
Okay once you have installed and configured XAMPP now it’s time to configure your settings.php file, which would be found in the Drupal folder that you downloaded and deployed under your server.
The settings.php file, is found under site>all>default>, if you don’t see one in there, but you see another file called defaultsetting.php, then create a copy that file and rename it to settings.php.
Once you have the settings.php file, go inside the file, where you’ll have to enter the database information that you would be using for your Drupal website installation.
The database information is located within the database management server that you use, this could be phpMyAdmin or Microsoft SQL server (MSSQL).
Once you have configured the settings.php file, now you need to go to a browser and type in the address where your Drupal folder is, as well as install.php.
Usually this address, would be localhost/Drupal/install.php.
Once you are there, you will be prompted with a wizard, which will allow you to install Drupal on your machine.
You will have to choose an installation profiles, choose a language, set up the database information so that Drupal can connect to your database, and let the installation begin.
Once the installation is complete then you’ll have to set up a user’s profile, so that you are able to access the control panel of your website and control what goes up live on your website and what doesn’t go live on your website.
Finally, you’ll see a link at the end of the installation where, you’ll be able to visit your newly installed Drupal site.
I hope you were able to keep up with this conversation, but if you didn’t, remember that there are plenty of resource online, that will help you to understand better, what it is that you want to do with Drupal.
When you look at your newly installed website, you’ll have the option to change the appearance your website.
You will also be able to install modules, change your website’s information and add content to your website, so that people can find your website valuable.
Remember this also, when you create a website online, it has to have purpose and bring real value to people online.
If your website does not bring value to people online, then you won’t be seen too many visitors come to your website.
Alright, we are going to stop our conversation about Drupal right here, for right now, but there is still a lot to cover so don’t forget to come back for more information, so that you are able to create great applications, that would change the lives of many people around the globe.
Drupal can be difficult, when you first start to use it, but eventually Drupal becomes your secret weapon as a developer, and you can find good jobs and make good money building Drupal websites, if you learn to master this great content management system.
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