Drupal 7 – Long in the Oven – Tastes So Yummy!

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:

  1. Get a database (MySQL), get it installed, get a database created and a user account setup.
  2. Get apache installed and working
  3. 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">
     <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" >
    // Show all information, defaults to INFO_ALL
    // Show just the module information.
    // phpinfo(8) yields identical results.
  4. 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.
  5. Now you should have a working Drupal instance. Pretty easy – nice job guys!
  6. 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.

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