It’s time to install Drupal on the site. Actually we’re past that point. My last post was about Site Construction Planning and, while I didn’t elaborate on it, I installed Drupal on the site twice. I did this to ensure that my web hosting site configuration was actually compatible with the Drupal software and how Drupal wanted to interact with the hosting environment. That consisted of two, bare-bones, minimal installations. One to test Drupal operating as the primary content for the architectedfutures.NET site, the second as my development and testing environment, operating as a sub domain on the same web hosting account. My chief concern was that multiple Drupal sites could work from the one account, with each Drupal install using all the critical Drupal features, such as clean URLs, and not interfere with each other. Now it’s time to actually configure the Drupal installs into useful, operational websites.
Having made a decision on the website software (Drupal), and a choice for a web hosting provider (A2Hosting), it’s time to do some detail planning for how to lay down the software on the hosting framework. And, there are a number of options. Since I’m using a shared hosting solution, the first decision is whether or not to have the Drupal software installed and managed using A2Hosting’s auto-installer. That option would give me an easy “one click” installation process; but it also removes detail control of the configuration from my hands, so that isn’t the option I want. I actually want to follow a route that gives me more detail control over how the site will be configured. Of course, that also means I have to take more responsibility for getting the job done. Continue reading