Running the Drupal Installation Wizard

Now for the fun part. Point your browser at the new installation URL, and you should see something similar to Figure B-1.

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The fascinating Choose Language option shows that you are in the presence of a truly modern piece of software capable of being localized to an ever-increasing number of languages, and that the localization process can take place right here and now in the installation process.

Even though you will be incorporating both localization (l10n) and internationalization (i18n) in this mini-application, the main localization language will be English. So follow these steps:

1. Click Install Drupal In English. Behind the scenes, Drupal will attempt to create the directory ./sites/default/files, and in most hosting scenarios, it will be able to do so. Should that not be the case, you will see a warning like that shown in Figure B-2, and you will have to create the directory manually. Then make sure Drupal can write to that directory, and click the Try Again link at the bottom of the screen.

2. You are then taken to the Database Configuration page, where you should copy in the three items of information you wrote down when you created the database. See Figure B-3.

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3. Click Save And Continue. The next page is very convenient. First of all, the following warning is displayed:

All necessary changes to ./sites/default and ./sites/default/ settings.php have been made, so you should remove write permissions to them now in order to avoid security risks.

4. After that, you are asked to fill in site-specific information. This information includes a site email address, all the particulars for the administration account, and time zone information. You also get an automatic enabling of Clean (SEO friendly) URLs together with the comforting message, ''Your server has been successfully tested to support this feature,'' as well as the option of automatically enabling the Update Notifications feature, so that you will be automatically notified when new releases are available for the Drupal core and modules.

Of particular interest on this page is the very cool AJAX password-validation widget, which not only tells you if the repeated password matches but also informs you as to the relative strength (low, medium, high) as well as how to achieve a strong rating. See Figure B-4.

5. Click the Save And Continue button, and you are taken to the Drupal Installation Complete page, where you can see that you have successfully passed through all stages: You've chosen your localization language, you've verified requirements, you've set up the database, you've installed and configured the site, and you can now visit its front page. If the Installation Wizard had trouble sending out a confirmation email to the new Admin account, you are so warned. After clicking your new site link, you find yourself on the front page already logged in as the Administration account user.

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