Drupal 8 Beginner Course: Installation

You have several choices on how to install Drupal. In this course, we will cover three of them, and briefly mention some other options.

Acquia Dev Desktop

This is a free piece of software that you can install on your person computer (PC or Mac), which allows you to install a local copy of Drupal on your hard drive. The nice thing about this is that you can develop locally, without the need of web hosting, and when you are done, you can optionally upload to the Acquia Cloud.

Acquia Cloud

The next option is installing a dev copy on the Acquia Cloud, and developing it there. Acquia Cloud is a platform-as-a-service that provides everything you need to create, maintain, and optimize high-quality Drupal websites.

There is a free tier, and paid options available.

Manual Install at a Web Host

You can also install Drupal at a web host of your choice manually. This involved downloading a copy of Drupal, uploading it to your web hosting account, and installing it. Drupal is a popular content management system (CMS) and most major web hosts support it.

1-Click Installers

Many web hosting companies provide script installation utilities (often called "1-click installers") that will automatically install Drupal on your web hosting account. Some of these installation utilities can also keep your copy of Drupal up-to-date, or at least tell you when you need to upgrade.

Your web host may or may not have Drupal 8 available yet. If that is the case, you would need to manually install it.

Some popular script installation utilities include Softalicious, Fantastico, MOJO Marketplace, SimpleScripts, QuickInstall and Plesk Application Vault.

If a 1-click installer is available, it is an easy way to add Drupal to your web hosting account. You may need to check with your web host to see what is available.

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