Happy New Year 2011! Drupal 7 is out – and is looking pretty sweet.
Grabbed the latest download and installation was a snap. If you’ve read any of my previous posts then the install routine is pretty much the same:
- Get a database (MySQL), get it installed, get a database created and a user account setup.
- Get apache installed and working
- Get PHP installed (I used the very latest) – make sure you can load up PHP with apache cleanly. Use a php script like this:
<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/strict.dtd"> <html> <head> <title>Beren's Local Hackspace</title> <meta http-equiv="content-type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8"> <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="/styles/reset-fonts.css" > <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="/styles/css.css" > </head> <body> <?php // Show all information, defaults to INFO_ALL phpinfo(); // Show just the module information. // phpinfo(8) yields identical results. phpinfo(INFO_MODULES); ?> </body> </html>
- Download and extract Drupal you your webroot. I like to rename the directory to just “drupal”. Now you can just go to the url – something like localhost/drupal and the install page should pop-up.
- Now you should have a working Drupal instance. Pretty easy – nice job guys!
- Oh – one more thing…there’s no rich text editor installed. There are two choices: TinyMCE or CKEditor. I prefer the latter. Search for the modules on the Drupal site – and very carefully follow the instructions. The key foe CKEditor is to download the actual editor from the CKEditor site – it is not included in the module.
So far I’m very impressed with this new version. Performance is snappy, the new administration tools are a huge improvement, and there are already a ton of D7 modules and themes available. I’ve already got Aptana Studio 2.0 setup and working with Drupal and am playing with a few themes. Troopers or perhaps my Turbo-X theme will result at some point.