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Basic Drupal Tutorial

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How to use FTP

FTP - or File Transfer Protocol - is a way for a person to move files over to their website in a quick and efficient manner. Unlike the methods of uploading and downloading that come by default with most hosting sites, FTP will let you upload/download multiple files at a time. This makes normal tasks WAY easier and quicker to complete.

Domains Names & Drupal Hosting

Every website you see on the internet requires at least two services in order to operate: a 'domain name', and 'hosting'. A Drupal website is like any other website, and in order to have a Drupal website, you will need to get a domain name and Drupal-friendly hosting to get started. A domain name and a hosting account are the only real necessary services you'll need to start a Drupal website, everything else can be found free or open source(free and maintained by Drupal-loving volunteers). There are companies that provide free website hosting, but you'll generally get a much lower quality product whenever you encounter free hosting services and therre are often limits to how much traffic your free hosting website would be able to handle. We recommend upgrading freom free hosting and getting a cheap Drupal hosting product that will be able to cover all your needs if your Drupal website starts getting popular and higher amounts of traffic. There's nothing worse than finding out your website is down because you were using too much bandwidth for your free hosting account. 

Installing Drupal Themes

As I write this, there are 800+ free drupal themes available for download at Drupal.org. This site is built on a popular theme known as Marinelli, which you can also get free at that same link.

Drupal 7

Drupal 7 has a new and very easy-to-use system for changing the look of the site. With these steps, the hardest part of changing your Drupal theme is picking which one you want to use!

Installing Drupal Modules

Modules are chunks of code that can be enabled to add specific functionality to your website. There are modules for fighting spam, fixing links, resizing pictures, and user voting on content to name a few.

Updating Drupal

Keeping Drupal up to date is important for functionality, but even more important for security. Updating your Drupal installation will ensure(amongst other things) that you have the 'Drupal core contributors' latest security measures installed.

How to Install Drupal 7: Installation Tutorial

Have you been searching to find an easy tutorial that will show you step-by-step how to install Drupal 7 with Hostgator.com? Drupal 7 was released on January 5, 2011 and contains some exciting new features with the basic stock installation, including Views and CCK (two very powerful modules) Although Drupal 7 still requires a manual installation, it is a piece of cake with Hostgator's control panel and this Drupal 7 installation tutorial! While we personally love Hostgator.com, this Drupal installation tutorial could also be used to guide you through setting up Drupal 7 with another hosting company.

This how-to Drupal 7 install tutorial will show you from beginning to end what you need to do to successfully install Drupal 7 and publish your new website to the internet in less than half an hour.

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