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Movie Project: Install Drupal and Modules for Drupal 7

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This exercise will have you demonstrate knowledge of the installation process and how to customize Drupal for an improved experience when using the administration UI.


Install Drupal and use the administrative UI to download and enable contributed modules.


You will need the following knowledge and skills. If you need a review, check out the Additional resources section at the bottom of this page.

  1. Install Drupal.
  2. Enable and disable modules.
  3. Evaluate, download and enable contributed modules.


Install Drupal, if needed, on a local or development server.

Create a custom and a contrib directory in sites/all/modules.

Download and enable the Administration Menu and Module Filter modules. They should be saved in the contrib directory.

Disable the Toolbar and Overlay modules.


  • We can add functionality to a Drupal site by adding and enabling contributed modules.
  • Contributed modules can be downloaded from, but this should be a carefully considered process.
  • Custom and contributed modules should be kept separate.
  • Contributed modules can be evaluated on before download.
  • You can also use a tool called Drush to install and manage your modules.

Further your understanding

Additional resources

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Hands-On Exercises: Movie Project