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Front End Drupal: Designing, Theming, Scripting by Konstantin Käfer, Emma Jane Hogbin

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Appendix A. Installing Drupal

Even though Drupal is a powerful content management system, its requirements are modest: a Web server (preferably Apache, but IIS or other server software will work as well) with at least PHP 4.3 and a database back end (MySQL or PostgreSQL) are needed. In this appendix, the setup of an Apache Web server and MySQL is briefly outlined, as this is by far the most common approach to using Drupal.

Setting Up a Development Server

When developing a theme or tweaking a Drupal Web site, a local Web server is very handy to speed up the process of developing and testing. Several software distributions that come preconfigured with Apache, PHP, and MySQL are available; their use largely simplifies the setup of a Web server. These ...

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