Hello Jari,tumba25 wrote:... There are new installation instructions coming up shortly. When I test MODs I always use AutoMOD to upload the zip file directly. Much easier and faster than extracting, creating directory and copying files.
in my experience this has not been running well in all previous AutoMOD releases. My MOD's support forums are full of issues for this problem. But I haven't tested it for AutoMOD 1.0.1 by now.
I'm using AutoMOD only for test installations - to test the AutoMOD compatibility for my MODs which is required for the phpbb.com MOD DB. On my live board I'm never using AutoMOD.
My personal opinion:
AutoMOD for phpBB using webmasters should make it easy to install MODs. But for MOD authors at least of medium size and large size MODs it's a pain. People don't know what they are doing when they are using AutoMOD! So MOD authors don't support their MODs. They are teaching people basics about MOD installation insteat!
For me one reason for this problem is that the features at the phpBB3 Olympus core package are not complete and in some cases they are not finished. So a lot of MODs have to edit a lot of core code. Also there are some hard-coded sad restrictions for compatibility in combination with MCP, permission system and log system to use them for large MODs which could be called modules or Add-Ons. So a lot of large MODs are using their on tables and systems for these things. phpBB community at the moment doesn't have a usefull platform for feature discussion. Also in past phpBB developers and other team members in my personal experience haven't been very interested in a critical but objectively and constructive feature discussion. And for MOD authors it's forbidden or at least very restricted to discuss about the features of their MODs. Also they are not allowed the help people at the MOD requests forum with their MODs. They are called MOD hijacker, spammer and so on. phpBB community lost a lot of MOD authors last years. https://blog.phpbb.com/2012/11/10/appst ... -november/ gives me some hope for the future. But without something like a "Complete the phpBB core!" campaign I fear that the hooks and the extension things will not be successfully. And then much more people spent some money for alternative but commercial complete software solutions. Don't think about features as a software developer. Think about features like webmasters are thinking about it! In past it was a good point for phpBB to be a slim solution. But time is changing things. For a lot of people now it's easier to use a blog are a simple CMS insteat.