Deploy Drupal with One-Click Apps

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Drupal One-Click 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 One-Click App

One-Click Apps allow you to easily deploy software on a Linode using the Linode Cloud Manager. To access Linode’s One-Click Apps:

  1. Log in to your Linode Cloud Manager account.

  2. From the Linode dashboard, click on the Create button in the top right-hand side of the screen and select Linode from the dropdown menu.

  3. The Linode creation page will appear. Select the One-Click tab.

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

    Select a One-Click 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:

Field Description
Drupal admin password Password for your Drupal admin profile. Required.
Drupal admin username Username for your Drupal admin user. Required.
E-Mail for your Drupal account E-Mail address for your Drupal admin user. Required.
Your SSH public key Your SSH public key. Advanced Configuration.
Domain Domain for your Drupal site. Setting a value in this field will not also enable DNS for your app, which you should do as well. Read our DNS Manager guide for instructions on creating DNS records in the Linode Cloud Manager. Advanced Configuration.

Linode Options

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

Configuration Description
Select an Image Debian 9 is currently the only image supported by Drupal One-Click Apps, and it is pre-selected on the Linode creation page. Required.
Region The 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 Plan Your 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 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 Label The 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 Password The primary administrative password for your Linode instance. This password must be provided when you log in to your Linode via SSH. It must be at least 6 characters long and contain characters from two of the following categories: lowercase and uppercase case letters, numbers, and punctuation characters. 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, or the domain name entered when deploying your One-Click App:

  1. Access your Drupal site:

    With your Linode’s IP Address

    You will be able to access your Drupal site by copying your Linode’s IPv4 address and entering it in the browser of your choice. To find your Linode’s IPv4 address:

    1. Click on the Linodes link in the sidebar. You will see a list of all your Linodes.

    2. Find the Linode you just created when deploying your app and select it.

    3. Navigate to the Networking tab.

    4. The IP address will be displayed under the Address column in the IPv4 table.

    5. Copy and paste the IPv4 address into a browser window. You should see the Drupal welcome page appear.

    With a Domain Name

    If you deployed your Drupal One-Click App with a domain name and it is pointing to the Linode’s IP address that is hosting your Drupal instance, then you can enter the domain name in a browser window to access your Drupal site. Ensure you are using http://.

    For more details on registering your domain, see the DNS Manager guide.

  2. Once you have accessed your Drupal site via the browser, you can log in using the admin credentials you created when deploying your app. Then, begin configuring your site.

    Log in to your Drupal site.

Software Included

The Drupal One-Click App will install the following required software on your Linode:

Software Description
MySQL Server Relational database.
PHP 7 Drupal is written in PHP and requires PHP to operate.
Apache HTTP Server Web Server used to serve the Drupal site.
Drush A command line shell for Drupal.
Drupal 8 Content management system.

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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