Drupal Hosting



Drupal hosting uses a tool which is designed to create hosting & maintain a huge number of Drupal websites easily which can scale across the multiple server clusters.  Drupal host consists of Drupal community projects. The one which offers the drush based backend, & the other one which is responsible for the web enabled front end interface for management of many of the available tasks. 

The multisite nature permits for multiple sites to utilize a single Drupal core by housing the site specific files, libraries, modules & themes in a website directory within the root of the Drupal. The host expanded on this architecture is in abstracting the core codebase as well as the sites or all the directories as a platform & for supplying the administrators with the means to quickly deploy the new platforms & move or copy the websites between them.  This permits a much faster testing & implementation of updates & the new features than will be possible otherwise.

The Drupal host works in terms of sites & platforms where a single platform could host many websites. Each platform consists of a particular version of Drupal & a set of modules, themes etc. Every website can consist of modules & themes which are only required by that website.  Drush make files are required, migrate task is not there and there is no requirement to configure SSL for our website.  It is configured out of the box on its own for our site.

Individual sites in Drupal hosting can be managed through git to introduce the modules & themes which are not offered by a platform. In terms of the Drupal file structure, the whole website tree is checked in to source control by excluding some of the directories like files. The staging environment is provided for utilisation as an intermediate step which is prior to launching of our site in production. 

It is suggested that all the websites which are new to the hosting environment will be first deployed in the staging environment before the launch in the production environment. Staging can be used in order to test the platform modifications & updates and any changes being done to a website's git repository. Building a domain name by this method permits us to stage the website updates & quickly fall back if the things do not go right after an upgrade.

Instead of upgrading, we can also clone our website, apply the updates & if everything works as it is expected, then authoritative domain to the new site is pointed.