Readying the environment

Physically, Drupal is a collection of folders and files, most often found within a parent folder that is typically referred to as the Drupal root. Drupal also consists of a database, where the site's content and various settings are kept. 

The Drupal root will most often be situated on a computer known as a web server that may contain many websites, though the web server could also exist on a laptop for use in developing websites. The environment in which Drupal exists will consist of the following:

  • An operating system, which is usually Linux, but can be any another, such as Windows, OS X, or Unix
  • A web server, such as Apache or Nginx
  • A database, most often MySQL, which may be on the same server or on a separate ...

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