If you've prepared your Drupal-based site "off-line" so you can test it before you make it live, here's how you move that test site into the production environment
To view a the status of your modules (to find out which need to be udpated):
*For example, a prior version of the Context module did NOT require the CTools module. The new version did. Updating the Context module caused an unexplainable WSOD. Looking at the website for Context revealed its dependency on CTools. Installing the CTools module and THEN updating the Context module solved the WSOD problem.
Anytime the university upgrades Drupal OR if you upload any updated modules, you'll want to run update.php. Follow these instructions to do so:
ITS installs and maintains (periodically updates) the following modules. Modules marked with an * are enabled by default. Other modules can be enabled in the Modules Administrative menu.
Anyone adding content to a site must have completed the ATI Training and be listed as a developer on your site. Follow these steps to add a new Drupal user to your tea
Note: Don’t use the Add User link from the User menu! Using this will force people to use a different password than their HSU User Name Password.
For more information, see the Drupal QuickStart Guide.
Converting a site to Drupal will take some time. You'll need to copy each page of your site and reset all of the links - it's about the same amount of work as moving your existing content to a completely new site. For someone unfamiliar with how Drupal works, we found that it took about 3.5 hours to move a 15 page site. The first hour and a half were spent reading instructions and getting a feel for how Drupal works. After that, it took about five to ten minutes per page (as long as you don't stop to change/edit the pages as you work). To help you, we've prepared some useful Drupal conversion hints and tips.
Your first priority is to ensure that your site is fully accessible. When you're ready to start experimenting with Drupal, we encourage you to get a second development site on the server so that you can explore using a non-live site without accidentally messing anything up on the live site.
Drupal is a software platform that enables individuals, teams, and communities to easily publish, manage, and organize content on the web. For HSU, this means you can use Drupal to create your web site at no cost instead of paying for a license to use Dreamweaver. Drupal is all web-based, so there's no software to install, and you can control who's allowed to edit what if you have multiple people editing your site. HSU's Drupal license incorporates an HSU "theme", giving your site an easily-recognizable HSU appearance.