installing Drupal

How to Use the Drupal Express Shell Script on your computer with Acquia Dev Desktop

The following instructions are for using the Drupal Express Shell Script on your local computer to test Drupal site settings. These partially-complete instructions use Acquia Dev Desktop (ADD) and have only been tested on a Mac. (The author would be super grateful is someone could test on Windows and share any problems they encounter!)

File or Directory Permissions Errors

General Permissions Errors

Note:  If you are running in a shared hosting environment, like OIT Web Hosting, then you are not likely to get many if any general permission errors, as each website runs under its own hosting account in these environments.  Thus, it is nearly impossible to mess up file and directory ownership in these environments.  However, it is worth checking the file and directory permissions, as they are often changeable, and if the owner-write permission is removed from a file or directory then the web server will not be able to modify that f

How to Install Acquia Dev Desktop as a Local Development Environment

With the Acquia Dev Desktop (ADD) tool, you can easily and quickly set up a local development environment for Drupal on your computer.

Install Acquia Dev Desktop (ADD)

This handy, easy-to-install software is the fastest way to Drupal on your own computer! It includes all the pieces you need to run Drupal on Mac or Windows. With Acquia Dev Desktop, you can develop and test locally, then export to your server(s).

Best Practices for Configuring and Managing Drupal

Before you take a Georgia Tech Drupal site live, it is a good idea to go through the following checklist of best practices to make sure your site is secure and streamlined for production use. This checklist is designed for Drupal 7 sites on OIT's Web Hosting, but will generally apply to other environments and later versions of Drupal as well.


Within the Drupal Application

Helpful Tip: The admin interface can be accessed via the black admin toolbar at the top of any page when logged in with administrator rights.