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Authoring/Development - Tools of the Trade: Drupal


What is Drupal?

Drupal is a content management system (CMS) that allows you to publish, manage, and organize content on a Web site or blog. Drupal can be used with any hosting plan or with a pairLite hosting plan.

Installing Drupal Using the Account Control Center

Drupal can be installed easily using the Software Installation Manager in the ACC. To do so, you must first turn on the Software Instatallation Manager by following the steps below:

  1. Login to the ACC (
  2. Click on Enable Software Installation Manager under Add Services.
  3. Click on the Enable Software Installation Manager button.

Note, access to the Software Installation Manager costs $2.95/month.

Once you have turned on the Software Installation Manager, you can install Drupal within the Software Installation Manager by following these instructions:

  1. Click on Drupal under Software Available for Installation.
  2. Enter the requested information.
  3. Click on the Install Drupal button.

Installing Drupal Manually

First you must create a database via the Account Control Center (

Next, follow the steps below to install Drupal.

  1. Log into your server using SSH (in a terminal window)
  2. Enter the directory where you want to install Drupal using a command such as:
    cd public_html/
  3. Extract the Drupal directory and files with this command if your account was created prior to June 1, 2011:
    tar -xvzf /usr/local/pair/drupal/drupal.tgz
    Run this command if your account was created after June 1, 2011:
    tar -xvzf /usr/local/pair/packages/drupal-7.12.tar.gz
  4. Load the installer via the Web at the URL where you placed the files such as:
  5. Complete the Web-based installation steps
  6. Secure your installation by running the following commands using SSH (in a terminal window):
    chmod 705 drupal/sites/default
    chmod 705 drupal/sites/default/settings.php

For optimal performance, you must activate caching by following these instructions:

  1. Log into the Drupal administrative interface
  2. Click "Performance" (under "Site Configuration")
  3. Change "Caching mode" to "Normal"
  4. Set "Minimum cache lifetime." We recommend setting this to 15 minutes.
  5. Click "Save Configuration" at the bottom of the page

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