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Installing Drupal in DirectAdmin

In our DirectAdmin tutorial series, we explain how to upload a website to your VPS. To go through the steps below, we assume that you have completed the tutorial series, or are familiar with the subject matter and have created a database.

In this article, we explain how to install Drupal on a VPS with DirectAdmin. Paid options such as Installatron or Softaculous can simplify the installation and allow you to execute from DirectAdmin with one click. We assume that you do not want to incur additional costs or want to install additional software, and only explain how to install Drupal in DirectAdmin using the built-in options in DirectAdmin itself.

Installing Drupal


Step 1

Download Drupal from the Drupal homepage and save the .zip file to your computer.

drupal download


Step 2

Log in to DirectAdmin as the user for which you want to install Drupal and click 'Files'.  

DirectAdmin files


Step 3

You now see an overview of the folders and files. Click 'Domains'.

DirectAdmin files and folders


Step 4

Click the name of your domain. In this manual we use  

DirectAdmin file domains


Step 5

Click 'public_html'. This is the folder in which your site is placed.  

DirectAdmin files publichtml


Step 6

Do you want to use a subdomain? Then click the folder with the name of your subdomain. Click 'Upload files to current directory'.  

DirectAdmin files domain


Step 7

Click 'Choose file' and select the file you downloaded in Step 1. Then click 'Upload Files' to upload the file.

upload Joomla in DirectAdmin

Unfortunately, even on an English Windows installation with an English browser and trying to edit the page source, it would not display the options in the screenshot in English (even though it's set as the language for DirectAdmin).


Step 8

Click 'Click here to go back' at the bottom of the confirmation that appears.  

click here to go back button


Step 9

You will now return to the public_html folder and you will see '' (or the version that is current at the time of reading). Click 'Extract'.



Step 10

You will see an overview of the content which is going to be unpacked and you can change your folder under 'Directory' (do not do that). Click 'Extract' again to start the unpacking process.

Drupal extracted in DirectAdmin


Step 11

Drupal puts its files in the 'drupal-4.8.5' folder in the .zip file you downloaded. As a result, there is a new folder in your public_html folder called "drupal-4.8.5". Click 'drupal-4.8.5' to open the folder.

Drupal folder


Step 12

Click 'Select' > 'Add to clipboard' > '../ Up a Level' successively.

Drupal folder contents

You have now selected all files and folders in the Drupal folder and prepared them to move.


Step 13

Click 'Move Clipboard Files here' at the bottom right.

Drupal overwrite

You will be asked whether existing files may be overwritten. Click 'OK'; without all files, your Drupal site would not work.

Remove the Drupal-4.8.5 folder and the .zip file by checking them and clicking 'Delete'.


Step 14

Open in a browser (replace by your actual domain name). You will then see the Joomla setup menu. Select your preferred language and click 'Save and continue'.

Drupal select language


Step 15

You can then choose a 'Standard' or 'Minimal' installation. Choose 'Standard' and click 'Save and continue'.

drupal select installation profile


Step 16

Drupal checks whether your VPS meets the requirements for the installation. You will see a warning about OPcache. Click 'continue anyway' at the bottom.

drupal requirements review

You are free to enable OPcache after the installation, but the configuration of this falls outside the scope of this article.


Step 17

A database is required for this step. In our DirectAdmin tutorial series, we explain how to create a database.

Enter your database as in the example below and click 'Save and continue'.

drupal database configuration


Step 18

Drupal automatically installs your website and automatically proceeds on to thenest step (19) afterward.

drupal installing


Step 19

Drupal then asks you for the information below. Complete the fields, write down your username and password should you lose them, and click 'Save and continue'.

drupal configure site

After completing this process, you automatically go to your Drupal site and you can start setting up your site!


Please note that we cannot offer support on the design and management of a Drupal website ourselves.


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