How to Deploy Drupal with Marketplace Apps

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Drupal Marketplace App

Drupal is a content management system (CMS) designed for building custom websites for personal and business use. Built for high performance and scalability, Drupal provides the necessary tools to create rich, interactive “community” websites with forums, user blogs, and private messaging. Drupal also has support for personal publishing projects and can power podcasts, blogs, and knowledge-based systems, all within a single, unified platform.

In addition to the core infrastructure, there are a number of freely available Drupal modules that allow administrators of Drupal sites to provide additional functionality, and a robust API makes it easy to enable these features. Furthermore, Drupal has an advanced theming engine that allows for a great amount of flexibility for displaying content.

Deploy a Drupal Marketplace App

Linode’s App Marketplace allows you to easily deploy software on a Linode using the Linode Cloud Manager. To access Linode’s App Marketplace:

  1. Log in to your Linode Cloud Manager account.

  2. From the Linode dashboard, click on the Marketplace button in the left-hand navigation menu.

  3. The Linode creation page appears, with the Marketplace tab pre-selected.

  4. Under the Select App section, select the app you would like to deploy:

    Select a Marketplace App to deploy

  5. Once you have selected the app, proceed to the app’s Options section and provide values for the required fields.

The Drupal Options section of this guide provides details on all available configuration options for this app.

Drupal Options

You can configure your Drupal App by providing values for the following fields:

Database Root PasswordPassword for your Drupal site’s MariaDB database root user. Required.
Database User PasswordPassword for your Drupal site’s MariaDB database drupal user. Required.

Linode Options

After providing the app specific options, provide configurations for your Linode server:

Select an ImageDebian 10 is currently the only image supported by Drupal Marketplace Apps, and it is pre-selected on the Linode creation page. Required.
RegionThe region where you would like your Linode to reside. In general, it’s best to choose a location that’s closest to you. For more information on choosing a DC, review the How to Choose a Data Center guide. You can also generate MTR reports for a deeper look at the network routes between you and each of our data centers. Required.
Linode PlanYour Linode’s hardware resources. Drupal is an extremely flexible CMS that can be supported on any size Linode, but we suggest you deploy your Drupal app on a Linode plan that reflects how much content you plan on featuring as well as how much traffic you expect for your site. For small websites, a 1GB Linode (Nanode) is sufficient. If you decide that you need more or fewer hardware resources after you deploy your app, you can always resize your Linode to a different plan. Required.
Linode LabelThe name for your Linode, which must be unique between all of the Linodes on your account. This name will be how you identify your server in the Cloud Manager’s Dashboard. Required.
Root PasswordThe primary administrative password for your Linode instance. This password must be provided when you log in to your Linode via SSH. The password must meet the complexity strength validation requirements for a strong password. Your root password can be used to perform any action on your server, so make it long, complex, and unique. Required.

When you’ve provided all required Linode Options, click on the Create button. Your Drupal app will complete installation anywhere between 2-5 minutes after your Linode has finished provisioning.

Getting Started after Deployment

Access your Drupal Site

After Drupal has finished installing, you will be able to access your Drupal site over http:// with your Linode’s IPv4 address.

  1. To find your Linode’s IPv4 address, click on the Linodes link in the Cloud Manager sidebar. You will see a list of all your Linodes.

  2. Find the Linode you just created. Under the IP Address column, copy the IPv4 address.

  3. Navigate to the Networking tab.

  4. Paste the IPv4 address into a browser window, for example, You will be brought to the Drupal installation page.

    View the Drupal installation page.

  5. Follow the prompts for the Choose language, Choose profile, and Verify requirements screens and select the appropriate configuration values for your Drupal site.

  6. In the Database configuration screen, fill in the form with the values in the table below. Click on Save and Continue when you are done.

    Database ConfigurationDescription
    Database nameThe Marketplace App will create a database named drupaldb. Provide this value in the form.
    Database usernameThe Marketplace App will create a database user named drupal. Provide this value in the form.
    Database passwordWhen you deployed the Marketplace app, in the Drupal Options section, you provided a Database User Password. Provide this value in the form.
  7. Continue to follow the prompts for the Configure site screen and select the appropriate configuration values for your Drupal site. When complete, you will be brought to your Drupal site’s admin panel where you can begin building your Drupal site.

    You will be brought to your Drupal site’s admin panel where you can begin building your Drupal site.

Software Included

The Drupal Marketplace App will install the following required software on your Linode:

MariaDB ServerRelational database.
PHP 7Drupal is written in PHP and requires PHP to operate.
Apache HTTP ServerWeb Server used to serve the Drupal site.
Drupal 9Content management system.
Currently, Linode does not manage software and systems updates for Marketplace Apps. It is up to the user to perform routine maintenance on software deployed in this fashion.

Next Steps

More Information

You may wish to consult the following resources for additional information on this topic. While these are provided in the hope that they will be useful, please note that we cannot vouch for the accuracy or timeliness of externally hosted materials.

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