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This article is part 2 of our two part article on manually installing Drupal 7. The first part took you through database and file setup. This part will walk you through setting up the initial configuration of your Drupal 7 installation. Again, these same steps will apply, regardless of whether you're using Shared, VPS, or Drupal Dedicated Hosting.

To configure the Drupal 7 installation:

  1. Visit (replacing with your actual domain)
  2. drupal_install_7

  3. Choose the Standard installation and click Save and Continue
  4. Select English for the language and click Save and Continue
  5. Enter in your Database name, Database username, and Database password (these are the details you wrote down from part 1) and click Save and Continue
  6. drupal_install_8

  7. Fill in the Site configuration settings
  8. drupal_install_9

    Site Name This is the site's name. You can change it to whatever you like.
    Site Email Address This is the email account all emails from your Drupal site will be sent from.
    Username This is the administrator account's user name.
    Password This is the password for the administrator account.
    Confirm Password Re-enter the password here for confirmation.
    Default Country Select your default country.
    Default Time Zone Select the time zone you want the site to use.
    Update Notifications These settings are used to check for updates and send email verifications
  9. Click Save and Continue

At this point you have configured your Drupal installation. And you can now visit your website to see the default installation of Drupal and to log into your admin dashboard. For more information on this course please visit Installing and Getting Started with Drupal 7.


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2013-09-13 2:47 pm
Hello Suzannec,

Thanks for the question. You can get around this issue by simply making what's called a host file mod. What this does is make it so that your computer THINKS that the URL that you are using is going to a particular IP. To put it in simpler terms, you can use your domain name - or just the www version of it and direct it to our hosting server - all BEFORE you move your domain to us. NOTE - if you designate the www version of your domain name to go to our server, then everytime you place it in the browser after the host file mod, it will pull up the website on our server. The host file mod ONLY applies to the computer where the modification is made. Follow this tutorial modifying your host file in order to make the changes you need. You can find your server IP here.

One last thing - this means that you can use your domain name for the Drupal installation. Use the www form in the host file mod (e.g. and when it comes time to move your domain to our hosting, you won't need to make any change to your drupal installation. You would just need to remove the host file modification.

Let us know if you need any further assistance.

Arnel C.
2013-09-12 11:51 am
My current domain name is in limbo because I can't transfer it to Inmotion for 60 days. I am trying to do a manual install of Drupal so I can begin building my site. I's at part 2/2 Initial configuration, since I can't acces my domain name what are my options.

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