Pre-script: I am too frustrated to be looking up the various links, so I'll come back to this later when I'm more motivated to edit this.
I cannot believe it took me so much time to install this. It's a cool thing, the autoMOD. But it was extremely frustrating while I wasn't able to get it to work.
Here's my quick story. I wanted to get AutoMOD to install ADAP (Advanced Double Activation Pack) and ABM (Advanced Block Mode).
I had no clue how any of these were related, so I'll begin from the very first step.
I'll use layman's terms because I am myself not too technical, so hardcore programmers, bear with me.
AutoMOD will help you automatically install MODs. Think of ADAP and ABM as advanced features that you need to install to your phpBB3 forum.
You can manually install ADAP and ABM, but we don't want to do more stuff than necessary for us noobs. ENTER our SAVIOR "AutoMOD".
Download the latest AutoMOD. When you download AutoMOD, you will get a zip file. Extract all the files somewhere on your computer - desktop is a fast option.
Within the extracted directory, you will specifically see a folder called "root". This is the important part - ALL the contents (files, blah blah etc) inside
this root folder are the ones that are important for installing AutoMOD. What you want to do is transfer EVERYTHING inside
the root folder directly into the directory on the server where you have your main files for your phpBB forum. For example: If you installed your forum at http://www.mywebsite.com/myforum
, then ALL the files and folders from the root directory (install, includes etc) are to be copied directly INTO mywebsite.com/myforum.
You should not have anything that looks like mywebsite.com/myforum/root/install etc.
It should look like be: mywebsite.com/myforum/install. <-- that /install is one of the folders found directly inside the autoMOD root folder. Again, all folders from within the root folder need to be copied to the main directory inside which you have your phpBB forum set up.
If you did that, you're golden. To install, all you need do now is access that install folder through your browser (literally just type in the url to your myforum/install). Follow the steps on the screen and BOOM.
All right, now here's another problem. AutoMOD doesn't show up in the ACP (administration control panel). Here's what you gotta do. Go to the main page of the administration control panel. Scroll to the bottom where it says purge all cache
. Hit run, refresh the page and voila. AutoMOD will show its snarky face.
Now life is simple: simply download whatever MOD you want from the Modifications Database - you will most prolly download a zip file. Go to your shiny AutoMOD tab, and select "upload zip file". Upload it. Refresh the page. Install it. Keep it.