Phil Tanny wrote:
... It seems some system like this would really help in the battle with the hackers, because it would mean more forum owners were up to date, thus fewer targets of opportunity, attracting fewer hackers, thus less need for patches etc.
The update process I read about here, "take this little piece of text and paste it in here, and then change this line to that," and so on, seems kinda primitive I guess.
Would guess all of this has likely been discussed before, and that there are real reasons why this isn't already in place.
Is this forum the appropriate place to meet freelance phpBB techs?
We with friends do host phpBB, both for ourselves and for others. Some derivatives at times look very peculiar (say, [Removed] ).
The automated upgrades are only available when a 'standard' distribution is used. If you use many custom changes/modules installed, this can become quite a challenge. For example, I made several 'hacks' to
- have the forum always use UTF-8
- automatically change the forums available when user changes language setting in their profile
- use not the host name stored in DB but the one from $_SERVER['HTTP_HOST'] (this allows installing the same forum on different sites using the same DB)
and so on
This makes the automated upgrade next to impossible. So perhaps you should find the people that could assist you in setting up forum/tuning it to your taste. CPanel installation doesn't always have the last minute changes, and the phpBB hacks (if you haven't updated for a long time) can efface your forum/site in quite a nasty way.
So, there are advantages in every approach, as well as inconveniences.