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Keeping Drupal Up To Date

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    [Using Drupal - Installing and Upgrading Drupal - Keeping Drupal Up To Date, with Addison Berry]
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    Once you have Drupal installed and a site built and up and going,
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    it's really important to also make sure that your site stays up to date,
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    that you have the latest security and bug fixes added to your code
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    to make sure that your site is healthy as it goes down the line.
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    So in this lesson, we're going to talk about a lot of the sort of fundamental
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    pieces that are involved in keeping your site up to date.
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    We're going to start off with a review of version numbers in Drupal
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    and what they mean and how to read them,

Keeping Drupal up to Date


It’s not enough to just get Drupal installed; you also need to make sure to keep it up-to-date. New releases of modules and Drupal core come out periodically, most of which fix problems, some of which add new whiz-bang features, and some of which address critical security problems. In this lesson we will review Drupal version numbers and what they mean, review the core Update Status module, and then discuss using maintenance mode, and the update.php script.

Note: Not mentioned in the video is the fact that in addition to the user 1 account, you can also log in with any account that has the "administer software updates" permission enabled to run the update.php script.