Drupal is one of the most popular CMS tools on the market. With a robust set of content management tools, sophisticated APIs to make multichannel publishing easy and a proven track record of continuous innovation, you’ll find this platform more than capable of serving your digital needs.
Although Drupal isn’t terribly challenging to install on bare metal, if your preference is the container route, you’re in luck. With the help of Docker4Drupal, you can get this powerful CMS system deployed in minutes.
Let me show you how.
SEE: Kubernetes: A cheat sheet (free PDF) (TechRepublic)
What you’ll need
To deploy Drupal, you’ll need a platform that supports Docker, which means you can deploy this to your in-house data center or on a cloud-hosted service (such as AWS, Google Cloud, Azure, Linode or Rackspace). You’ll also need a user with sudo privileges.
I”ll be demonstrating this deployment on my go-to server OS, Ubuntu Server 20.04.
How to install Docker
The first thing to do is install the container runtime engine for deployment. For this, we’ll use Docker.
Log in to your server and install Docker with the command:
sudo apt-get install docker.io -y
Once Docker is installed, add your user to the Docker group with the command:
sudo usermod -aG docker $USER
Log out and log back in.
You’re now ready to deploy Drupal.
How to deploy Drupal via Docker Compose
To successfully deploy Drupal with Docker, we must do it in two parts. The first is the deployment of the MySQL database, followed then by Drupal itself.
To deploy MySQL, you’ll issue the command:
docker run --name MYSQL-NAME -e MYSQL_ROOT_PASSWORD=PWORD -d mysql:latest
Where MYSQL-NAME is the name you want to give the database host and where PWORD is a secure/unique password.
Once the database has been deployed, you can then follow up with the Drupal container like so:
docker run --name drupal --link MYSQL-NAME:mysql -p 8080:80 -e MYSQL_USER=root -e MYSQL_PASSWORD=PWORD -d drupal
Where MYSQL-NAME is the name you configured for your database host and PWORD is the password you set for MySQL.
The Drupal deployment will take a minute or two. When it completes, open a browser and point it to http://SERVER:8080 (where SERVER is the IP address or domain of the hosting server). You’ll be greeted by the first screen of the Drupal setup wizard (Figure A).
The Drupal setup wizard requires just a few simple steps before you’re logging in to the deployment. The steps are:
Profile – Select the type of deployment you want to use (from minimal, standard and demo).
Requirements – You must enter the database information. To do this, click ADVANCED OPTIONS and enter the following (Figure B):
- Database name: drupal
- Database user: root
- Database password: Set during MySQL container deployment
- Database host: The value entered for MYSQL-NAME during the MySQL container deployment
The Drupal installation will start and finish at the final screen of the wizard, where you can configure various bits of information about your new Drupal deployment (Figure C).
Fill out the information and click Save And Continue. You’ll then be prompted to log in to your site with the admin user, where you can begin managing your content.
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