To run Drupal on your local computer requires that you install and configure the following four components: Drupal, Apache, MySQL and PHP. These components are collectively referred to as a DAMP stack. Acquia have made it a breeze to get up and running with their “Dev Desktop” DAMP stack which installs and configures all four components in one simple installation. One caveat is that it includes Acquia Drupal as opposed to the more commonly used core Drupal. After installing Acquia Drupal, you can easily import core Drupal as a new site. Here are instructions on how to do this:
- Download and install the latest version of Acquia Drupal Dev Desktop.
- Download and unpack the latest version of core Drupal it to a local directory.
- On the Acquia Dev Desktop Control Panel, select the ‘Localhost’ dropdown menu and choose ‘more’.
- Click the ‘Import’ button and fill in the details as follows:
- Set the ‘site path’ folder to the location where the latest version of core Drupal resides.
- Select the ‘Create new database’ radio button and give the database a name.
- Choose a local server name to run your core Drupal installation from. It is not possible to use ‘localhost’.
- Click the Import button and wait for the import to complete successfully.
- Click on the ‘Go to my site’ button to view your core Drupal installation running on your local server.
- Import a Drupal Website from a Server and run it locally on an Acquia Drupal AMP Stack
- Modify Local Drupal Site on Acquia AMP Stack for Upload to Server
Drupal is a cost effective CMS solution that is built on an open platform. It allows complex websites to be built in a relatively short space of time. Once Drupal is up and running, even non-technical users can easily manage and maintain their online content. If you are a small business in Northern Ireland and would like a Drupal website, please contact us for more information.