Installing your new Drupal website

CreateYou can install a new Drupal website on Acquia Cloud using a standard Drupal distribution, including Acquia Drupal, Drupal core, Drupal Commons, and many more.

  1. Sign in to Acquia, select the Sites tab, and then click the Cloud link.

    Cloud page

    If you don't want to overwrite the contents of any of your current sites with a new website, you can create a new site for your Drupal website.

  2. On the Cloud > Workflow page, click the menu for the Dev environment, which will contain the new installation.

  3. Click Install Drupal from the menu. An install dialog opens.

    Install a Drupal distribution

  4. Select a Drupal distribution. For many distributions, you can click Learn more to get more information about a distribution. If a distribution has both a Drupal 7 and a Drupal 6 version, you can, if necessary, select the Drupal 6 version with the selector in the Available Version column. If you're not sure which Drupal distribution to use for your website:
    • For Drupal 7, select the Lightning distribution.
    • For Drupal 6, select the Acquia Drupal 6 distribution.
  5. If you want to install a distribution that's not listed (for example, your organization might have its own Drupal distributions, or you might want to install another distribution from drupal.org), you can enter a URL in the text field at the bottom of the page. This URL must be either:
    • The URL of the distribution's download file (which must be in .tar.gz format), or
    • The URL of the distribution's Drush .make file.

    Install another distro

  6. Select the checkbox to accept the overwrite warning message, and then click Finish.
  7. Deploying a new site takes a few minutes. Once the Install Drupal page reports that it is done, you can choose to click:

    • Set up my site, to visit your Drupal website and run install.php to complete the Drupal installation. The Drupal install.php script opens in a new browser window. It creates a standard Drupal database, sets up the administrator username and password, and configures additional modules and features relevant to the Drupal distribution you chose.
    • Manage my code, to view the Cloud > Workflow page for your site.

    As an alternative, you can click I don't want to wait and go immediately to the Cloud > Workflow page while your site installs. You can check the progress of the installation in the Task log section of the Workflow page. When the installation task marked done, with a green checkmark, move on to the next step.

    Task log entries for new install

  8. After the installation has completed successfully, click the website URL for the environment into which you're installing a new website.

    Visit website

    The Drupal install.php script opens in a new browser window. It creates a standard Drupal database, sets up the administrator username and password, and configures additional modules and features relevant to the Drupal distribution you chose.

    install_drupal.png

To start modifying your code, download a local copy of the repository using the SVN or Git checkout command.

I've created my website! Now, how do I work on it?

Go to the next page to learn about setting up your local environment to manage your website.