ICL Reboot Tutorial 01

The International and Comparative Librarianship Communitas website that I was paid to build last year is running extra slow on the BlueHost server. I am curious if it is BlueHost that is just so terrible or if the ICL website built in Drupal using the Sam’s Teach Yourself Drupal in 24 Hours book is to blame because of all the extra bloat modules that it recommended I install. I read that Drupal 7 is suppose to be more streamlined and incorporated many of the best features into its core. Therefore I decided to try rebuilding the site from the ground up in Drupal 7.

Each day (that I have new material) I will post another video in the series. These videos are specifically geared towards the Department of Library and Information Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s webmasters. Since I have now graduated and am no longer being paid to maintain their sites and will soon start my first professional library job, I want to create a resource for the LIS webmasters to use. However, these videos will be created with the thought in mind of being under 10 minutes and having clear, distinct pieces which will make it easy for other Drupal users to use as well.

Please let me know your thoughts and if you have any requests for me.

The original International and Comparative Librarianship Communitas (ICL) website (http://www.lisuncg.net/icl) is slow and massive. Therefore, I am going to attempt to revamp the site in Drupal 7. This video is the first step in that process as I show you how to install Drupal on BlueHost.

I am going off-the-cuff here in remembering how to do this, so it is not always a polished piece!

Things you will learn:

1) Where to download Drupal (http://www.drupal.org)
2) How to set up a MySQL database on BlueHost
3) Create a user for the MySQL database or assign a pre-existing user to your new database.
4) How to access the set-up install page for your new Drupal website
5) Where to input the information about your new database, username, and password.
6) Naming your new site, assigning an administrator’s account
7) What the default Drupal 7 home page looks like.

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