Although you can download the stock Drupal installation files from drupal.org, installing Drupal in this manner represents a "blank slate" for your website. If your site matches a common use case, like a company intranet or a conference site, and you'd like to take advantage of some common features built by other other developers, you can install a distribution.
Distributions (also known as distros) are a packaged set of files that include Drupal core along with a set of themes and modules selected to address a particular need.
There are many different distributions available to meet specific needs, including meeting the needs of a particular market (for example, governmental or educational institutions), or providing specific, deeply integrated functions into websites (for example, social media or commerce).
Finding a distribution
Because of the open nature of Drupal, anyone can create a useful distribution that others can use to help them get started more quickly.
Choosing a Drupal distribution can help you find out the best distribution for your needs, on Acquia hosting.
- Acquia Lightning, available from our Acquia Downloads page
- Drupal Commons
- Acquia Drupal
- Conference Organizing Distribution
For download links and installation information for these distributions, go to the Acquia Downloads page.
For a list of available distributions that have been created to address many particular needs, see Download & Extend on drupal.org.
Finding additional resources
The Help Center contains articles and resources that you can use for reference as you install your Drupal distribution, including the following: