Applications are continuously enhanced and developed to take away bugs or to make them more useful for consumers. Even free and open-source applications like the Drupal content management system are providing their regular updates for consumers. Drupal releases its update after every nine to 12 months. Aside from removing bugs from the former Drupal versions, these updates are also made more enhanced with better features they introduce.
The main reason for a user to do Drupal upgrade is to use the latest version of the application and take advantage of these new features. Aside from upgrading the Drupal application, Drupal sites can also be upgraded so these may use the latest features from the program.
There are four steps in order to upgrade the Drupal website. First, the user must back up his current website and database to make sure that any process will not affect the site’s content. Second, the user should download the zip file of the Drupal upgrade. But before uploading the files to the server, it is important that the user should carefully read and review the instructions and information saved in the UPGRADE.txt file. After that, uploading the new files from Drupal to the site’s server should follow. Then, the update.php script should be run. This will do the automatic update of the database.
Although it may sound so easy to upgrade the Drupal website, some experienced users still find difficulty and frustrations from the process. Inexperienced Drupal users can simply read online tutorials and tips on how to make the Drupal update successful and less frustrating.
Drupal is known in the computer world to provide a free and open source application that can be utilized by a group or even an individual to easily manage different contents. With Drupal, anyone can create their own blogsites, portals, forums, websites, social networking sites, resource directories, etc. Because Drupal is primarily made to unite people together and to create an online community, it has a feature which allows posting of comments just like the common blogsites that people use. This is possible through the Drupal comment module.
Once the Drupal comment module is enabled, the user or the administrator can create different discussion boards for each of the connected Drupal nodes. Using this, members or users can freely post their comments on a topic or a blog post. The administrator can simply permit users to post comments while the users have the option to modify their last comment as long as no other comment has been posted after that.
In Drupal, along with the comment board is the comment control panel that helps in customizing how the posts will be showed. This may provide the user the permission to control the comments in chronological order. They may also control the number of posts that can be shown on each page. Other settings available are threaded, flat, expanded, and collapsed. Threaded displays posts and group them according to the conversation. Flat shows all the posts in a chronological order without any additional features like threading. Expanded will display the title as well as the text for every comment while collapsed may display only the comment’s title.
Drupal still offers more options when it comes to managing comments and just like other applications, these functionalities are enhanced over time.