Installing Drupal to an OIT Web Hosting Account

Drupal Version

The following steps should guide you in getting a Drupal installation set up in an OIT Web Hosting account.  They have been updated for Drupal 8 – if you are needing to create a new Drupal 7 site, there is a separate page of instructions for installing Drupal 7 to OIT Web Hosting.

Should I Use Drupal 8 on OIT Web Hosting Yet?

Please see the OIT FAQ guide Is Drupal 8 the right choice of CMS for my site?

Before You Begin

If you haven't done so already, you'll need to request a hosting account from OIT.  You will also need to know how to access the Plesk control panel for your account in order to complete the rest of these steps, and you may also wish to set an SSH password so that you can SSH into your web hosting space.

If you decide to set up Drupal somewhere else to build your site, and now want to move that site to OIT Web Hosting, you should see our separate Site Migration Guide.

Installing Drupal 8 Using GitHub and Composer

Please see the following OIT FAQ guides:

Installing Drupal 8 Manually From a Downloaded Archive File

Another way to install Drupal is to download the installer and copy it to your hosting account.

  1. Visit the Drupal.org website and download the latest version of the Drupal 8.x series for any site that needs to have standard Georgia Tech branding.
    • Use the latest stable release of Drupal 8, ideally 8.8.1 or later.
    • If your are comfortable with using SSH to connect to your Web Hosting account, you can select either download format (.tar.gz or .zip).  If you prefer to upload the archive file to your Web Hosting account via the Plesk control panel, you must download the ZIP format file.

  2. Upload the archive file to your OIT Web Hosting Account and unpack it where you want your Drupal installation to live.  From within the Plesk control panel, you can upload the archive file via the File Manager.  Once the file is uploaded, just select it in the File Manager to unpack it.  After the archive file has been unpacked, move it to your hosting account's "/private/" folder.

  3. In the Plesk control panel, go to the Databases manager and create a new database.  Copy down the database name, the database user name, and the password, as you will need them later.

  4. Navigate to your Web Hosting site's URL and you should get an installation screen for Drupal.  Follow the prompts and answer the questions - they should mostly be straightforward.  Refer to the Drupal Installation Guide if you need any help.