Setting Up Hosting

Your hosting environment typically includes both the Internet connection and the web server. It frequently includes your database as well. If you already have a website, the easiest choice may be to install Drupal on that host. Just check that the requirements in this section can be met (and try a test installation to see if you encounter any errors).

Your hosting choices are the same as for any website—your own server, a colocated server at a hosting service, or a shared server. If you are using a shared server, make certain that it supports the products and versions that you need. In addition, you need to find out the vendor's plans for upgrades to new versions. For example, some shared hosting services that provide PHP support took two years to make the transition to PHP 5 from PHP 4. At first, PHP 5 was an option, but then support for PHP 4 was dropped.

If you need a shared hosting vendor, the best choice for many people is to use one that already runs some Drupal sites. You can find a list of Drupal hosts at The absence of a host from this list is not necessarily an indication that it cannot host Drupal. (For example, Network Solutions provides a number of open source products, including Drupal, with automated installation scripts to its shared hosting accounts, but it is not on the list.)

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