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Drupal Security Guide: How to secure & protect Your websites

Drupal Security Guide: How to secure & protect Your websites

A content management system (CMS) like Drupal make it easy to get youself online. As a result websites security can sometimes comes as an afterthought. After all, you just put soo much time and energy into launching with Drupal, why worry about How to secure it?

Why is Drupal security important?

Drupal is known for its flexibility, security, and scalability. It is a modular system that can be extended with a wide variety of modules and themes. Drupal is also highly secure, thanks to its active community of developers who are constantly working to find and fix security vulnerabilities.

Drupal security vulnerabilities & threats

You can check for available updates from the Drupal Admin. So for checking the update here are:

  • Go to the Drupal Admin panel.
  • Click on reports -> Status report.
  • Errors will appear after go into the status report. 
  • Here the error counts appear.
  • Also the warnings also appear.

Step 1: To enable maintenance mode for your Drupal website.

  • Log in to Drupal admin.
  • In admin panel go to the
    configuration -> Development -> maintenance mode
  • Tick “Put site into maintenance mode”.
  • In message to display when in maintenance mode, enter the message for visitors during the updates.
  • Click on “Save configuration”.
  • Verify your site is in maintenance mode with another browser.

Step 2: To update Drupal theme and modules via admin.

  • Go to the Admin panel.
  • In admin panel menu click on
    Reports -> Available Updates


  • After clicking on the availabale updates – all the updates list will appear. 
  • Drupal core update list and theme or modules updates is listed their portions.
  • Select the theme and modules you want to update.
  • Click downloads available updates.
  • Then click continue for the update particular updates.

Note : A word about the failed updates via admin – if there is a misconfiguration in your server, a module will display requesting FTP ceredentials to complete the updates. Make sure you’re using a secure connection before entering your FTP username and password.

Step 3: To update Drupal theme And Modules via FTP.

  • Use a FTP client to uploads the updates to your Drupal database.
  • In your web-browser enter your websites URL followed by /update.php.
  • Select the themes and modules you want to updates.
  • Click on the download these updates.
  • Click continue.
  • Click run database updates.
  • Click continue

Step 4: To disable maintenance mode for your Drupal websites.

  • Go to the admin panel.
  • In the admin panel click on
    Configuration -> Development -> Maintenance mode
  • Untick “put site into maintenance mode”.
  • In “message to display when in maintenance mode” , delete the message for the visitors during your updates.
  • Click Save configuration.

Audit Drupal modules :

Drupal modules make it easy to expand the functionality of your website, and you’ll likely try out several of these as you perfect your Drupal website. However, it’s important to be mindful that each module can present its own vulnerabilities which you should be aware of.
Periodically perform an audit of all the modules you downloaded to make sure they’re still necessary and the best available solution for your desired function. Find each module in the Drupal module repository, and then evaluate:

  • Maintainers - Ideally there should be several of these individuals who commit to maintaining a module with updates and bug fixes.
  • All issues - Does your module seem to have issues on a regular basis? If there’s a module with fewer issues, it might be a better choice.
  • Bug report - Check the frequency of reported bugs, as well as the time between reporting and resolution.
  • Documentation - If you need help with a module, quality documentation makes life a lot easier.
  • Development - Is your module actively developed? If not, look for another similar module that is.
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