I am trying to create a multi-site using Set up a multisite, but I do not understand the reason for step 1.2.

Why should a Drupal copy be extracted in the web directory?

There doesn't seem to be anything written about this.

  • The more I look at those instructions the less sense they make. I understand why you are confused.
    – mona lisa
    Commented Aug 4, 2023 at 11:48
  • Web directory probably just means where your server will look for a website. Most of the time it's in a folder called /var/www/html/web. But it doesn't have to be. Wherever nginx/apache will look for your site will be referred to as the "web directory"
    – Beebee
    Commented Aug 4, 2023 at 12:34

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That refers to installing Drupal in the ordinary way. Using the recommended install process to the directory referred to as “base-site”, which could have any name you want, there will be a subdirectory named “web” that you will reference in the virtual host configuration.

  • Hello, thank you for your reply. Above that point it already says Drupalshould be downloaded and installed. I was thinking that on point 1.2. it says to install it again in the 'web' directory of the main installation folder. I am already pretty familiar with the drupal structure and there's a directory called web and I thought it refers to that one. So I should not install Drupal again in '/var/www/base-site/web/here' , right?
    – cossinner
    Commented Aug 4, 2023 at 12:10
  • You install Drupal only once. There is only one instance of the Drupal codebase needed.
    – mona lisa
    Commented Aug 4, 2023 at 12:14
  • @cossinner Truly, Overview of the process is a summary of how to set up a multi-site; the details are then given point-by-point in the next sections. That documentation page does not say Drupal must be installed twice.
    – avpaderno
    Commented Aug 4, 2023 at 12:42

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