Hostmaster is a Drupal install profile that initializes the Aegir Hosting System. Explore Aegir's other components with the links above.
Ægir is a mature set of contributed modules for Drupal that aims to solve the problem of managing a large number of Drupal sites. It does this by providing you with a simple Drupal based hosting front end for your entire network of sites. To deploy a new site you simply have to create a new Site node. To backup or upgrade sites, you simply manage your site nodes as you would any other node.
The hostmaster profile ties together the functionality of the hosting front end and provisioning back end into a complete package. It handles initialization and auto-detection of your initial configuration settings, and directs you to the friendly installation wizard. To start using the Aegir system, you will install a new site using the hostmaster profile, which you will then use to manage all of the sites you host. (Wikipedia)
For more information on the system, and the other components, please take a look at the Aegir overview wiki page
To find out how to install Aegir rather than download the tarballs here, read the installation documentation.
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