The following sections describe options for setting up Drupal 7 on OIT Web Hosting. These steps will give you a generic Drupal 7 installation – if you'd rather start with a more turnkey configuration, you may want to look at Drupal Express.
Installing Drupal Using Installatron
The quickest way to get Drupal setup is to use the Installatron Applications Installer, which will download and setup Drupal for you.
Per Kevin Pittman's insight posted on the GTDUG Team:
With Drupal 7.61, be aware that you're now likely to see a bunch of "SimpleXMLElement" errors on the Modules Update screen. This is caused whenever a module's project status data can't be retrieved.
There are two cases that will have to be addressed:
The following table, initially provided by the College of Computing (many thanks!) attempts to summarize the details of a large number of commonly used Drupal 7 modules and any known issues with their latest full (not development) version under PHP 7. In addition, Kevin Pittman of the College of Liberal Arts has added Drupal 8 compatibility details and removal recommendations, to help site administrators decide what to do as they review the modules installed their Drupal 7 sites.
To use the CAS PEM certificate installed on websites hosted on OIT webhosting, please use the following path:
After updating to the 2.9 version of the GT Theme, the formatting is broken for custom content types (such as Super Blocks and Slideshow Carousels), usually those created via the Features module. Often the types show CSS classes as text instead of as visual styling.
Example of broken Super Blocks
Many Georgia Tech websites have been built using Drupal Express (DX), which is a custom version of Drupal 7 that allows you to create a website with little technical or design expertise. The ready-made site comes with built in features and tools like news and events listings, and mobile optimization.
Migration, not Upgrading
Drupal 8, released in November of 2015, is a major rewrite of the Drupal core engine and APIs. Because Drupal 8 has changed so much, there is no direct in-place upgrade path to go from any earlier version of Drupal to Drupal 8. Instead, Drupal 7 and earlier sites must be migrated to Drupal 8, which involves setting up a whole new Drupal 8 website and copying into it (manually or automatically) the content of the older website.
If your Georgia Tech Drupal website has the GT Editor feature package installed, then it also has the Linkit module, which gives you an enhanced interface for creating links to local content.
Accessibility and Usability of Links
To comply with accessibility law, and good sense usability guidelines, always make the visible text of your link something that clearly indicates what the website visitor is going to be taken to when following that link. Some examples of improper link text include: