HostMonster Drupal Hosting

HostMonster Drupal Hosting refers to the Drupal content management system (CMS) option you have when hosting your website with HostMonster. This HostMonster Drupal Hosting article offers basic information on the Drupal CMS and HostMonster Drupal hosting via your control panel.

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What Is Drupal?

Drupal is a free, open-source content management system (CMS). A content management system is a software application used to develop websites and to manage content in them. Drupal makes it easy to publish content, manage content, and keep content for a website organized.  

Drupal is used for arts/music sites, like Sony Music, and MTV UK; it is the basis for Community Portal sites, like Fast Company; it is used in education sites, for example, San Jose State University; it has a place in corporate websites, like AOL Corporate, and in publishing sites, like Popular Science.

Like other content management systems (and like other open-source software in general), the basic Drupal platform can be extended and enhanced through the use of modules and themes. Themes are they way of creating the website’s style: its color scheme, font choices, sidebar widths and location, navigation, footers, and more.

Modules are add-ons that extend or customize the fore functionality of a program. The more than 6000 available modules for Drupal increase or extend its functionality in the areas of site administration, advertising, adapting content for mobile platforms, equipping sites for e-commerce, or in the areas of games, file management, search, mail, or the use of media, for example. In the area of e-commerce, there are modules to allow shopping carts to provide an “out of stock” notification, to interact with Amazon.com, to provide discount coupons, to present site visitors with a “Terms of Use” notification that they must acknowledge, etc.

HostMonster Drupal Hosting Basics

The current version of Drupal, and the one offered by HostMonster through its application installer SimpleScripts, is 7.0. It can work with Apache or Microsoft IIS, but it requires MySQL 5.0.15 or higher or PostgreSQL 8.3 or higher and PHP 5.2.5 at minimum, while PHP 5.3 is recommended.

To install Drupal in your HostMonster account, follow these steps:

  • Log-in to the HostMonster cPanel.
  • Navigate to the ‘Software/Services’ category, which is next to last on the page.
  • Click on the icon for ‘Simple Scripts.’
  • Plugins in the SimpleScripts Script list are organized in groups by functionality and arranged alphabetically starting in the left-hand column and going first down, then to the next column. Content Management is found a little further than halfway down the page in the left-hand column. The applications are not organized alphabetically, and Drupal is currently shown as second in the list.
  • Click on Drupal, and an ‘Install Drupal’ window will load. Notice the links to the official Drupal site, documentation, and Themes. You will also see a link to reviews of Drupal. All of these links will continue to be available through SimpleScripts after you install.
  • Click ‘Install.’
  • You’ll see options to choose the version of the software (using the most recent version is advised), and have a choice of entering a username and password for administration or letting Simple Scripts generate it.
  • Simple Scripts will present you with a licensing agreement for the Drupal Script, and you need to read it and agree to the Simple Scripts terms of service, clicking checkboxes to indicate both of these.
  • Click ‘Complete.’

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