Drupal is an open-source content management system that powers hundreds of thousands of websites, especially high-traffic websites. It is especially popular among professional developers for its customizability and government website for its high level of security.
In this piece, we’ll discuss why you might want to choose Drupal, who Drupal is right for, and how to install the Drupal framework on the Cloudways platform.
Why choose Drupal?
Drupal distinguishes itself with its customization alternatives, which developers can easily take advantage of through Drupal modules. As long as you or the person you hire has the skills to manage a Drupal hosting site, you will be able to do almost anything with your site.
Here are a few more reasons why Drupal can be a good choice.
Individual sites share code in a Drupal multisite architecture. So Drupal can manage separate websites from a single code base, including sister websites in different languages. Drupal 8 currently supports 100 distinct languages for translation. Its multilingual features come with the interface installation.
Drupal is a highly scalable CMS and preferable for high traffic websites with large information databases. The CMS is built to handle both irregular activity peaks and reliably high traffic. In some cases, it uses efficient caching to negate the requirement for a content delivery network (CDN).
Developer friendly modules
Drupal includes modules for a wide variety of site features, including ShareThis for social media, Image Impacts for photo editing, calendar plugins, CAPTCHA, Google Analytics, and meta tag plugins.
Currently, tens of thousands of modules are accessible for almost any website. Drupal 9 has now made the integration and use of contributed modules much less demanding than it used to be.
Drupal provides websites with excellent search engine optimization capabilities with its modules. The user can control all web page elements through already installed automation tools for SEO.
High security for beginners
Drupal is a proven secure CMS and application system that resists the most important web vulnerabilities in the world.
With Drupal 8 continuing Drupal’s history of strong security best practices, it currently only uses filtered HTML designs. To prevent image abuse and CSRF (cross-site ask forgery), Drupal 8’s core text filtering only allows clients to use local images.
A great, helpful community
The Drupal community is to be large, dedicated and steady. A vast, gifted community implies that users have access to many people willing to offer support and guidance.
It also means a huge library of modules and extensions – many of which are freely accessible to the larger community. Drupal boasts a large customer community, with thousands of creators contributing to the module library.
Authors, editors, and site administrators can contribute to a Drupal site without HTML or coding experience. Drupal’s WYSIWYG interface makes it possible to write, edit and add content as easily as in a Word document. You can add images, formatting and hyperlinks with simple menu buttons.
Who Should Use Drupal Hosting?
As you can see, Drupal is well-suited for complex resource-heavy, high-traffic websites and those with extensive asset libraries and databases. Government websites, nonprofits, trade associations, publications, foundations, and large corporations will all find it useful.
Here are the minimum prerequisites for your system to work efficiently.
PHP = Use a minimum PHP version 7.x or higher.
Apache = Apache version 2.4.7 or higher.
Database and hosting requirements
MySQL or Percona version 5.7.8+.
Maria DB version 10.3.7+.
SQLite version 3.26+.
PostgreSQL version 10 and the pg_trgm extension.
How to Install the Drupal Framework on Cloudways
Start a new server
Once logged in, start a new server with a custom PHP application to install Drupal.
Start SSH Terminal
Then go to the server dashboard and click Start SSH Terminal.
Once logged in, go to the public_html folder and run the download command to download the Drupal framework.
Application > application name > public_html
If you thought installing Drupal was a manual (and hectic) task, here’s a surprise for you – you can install Drupal by simply typing the following command into the terminal:
composer create-project drupal/recommended-project my_webname_dir
Everything will now be installed automatically, including all the libraries and dependencies required by Drupal.
You can access the webpage by adding /my_site_name_dir/web/core/install.php to the end of the URL to open the Drupal installer. If you see the welcome page (shown below), everything is configured successfully.
Now let’s start the installation by on the Save and continue button. Select the desired profile for your Drupal application on the next page, then click Save and continue.
Get database access details from the Application Management > Access Details.
Enter the details for the database from the application login details. Click Save and continue when ready.
After that, the installation procedure should be completed, and you can enter the website information and the administrative login details.
Site Name: Enter your site’s name;
Website Email Address: The email address to automate emails will be sent
Username Password and email address These are the administrative details used to maintain your account.
Click Save and continue.
The above message shows that Drupal has been successfully installed on your Cloudways managed server.
Drupal is an excellent choice of CMS for developers and enterprises that value flexibility, scalability, security and adaptability. Be sure to deploy on the best Drupal hosting platforms like Cloudways to unlock its heavy duty capacity. As always, if you have any questions, hit the comments below.