To install InstallDD™, download and un-ZIP the following file:
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Then place the
diondesigns.phpfiles in your phpBB root directory (where
common.phpare located). Finally, making sure you are logged in as a founder of the board, point your browser to
http://(your board domain)/installdd.php. InstallDD™ will install itself, delete the other two files, and present you with a simple menu that lets you upload ZIPped modifications and styles.
IMPORTANT NOTE:If a modification requires the editing of a template file, that modification is only guaranteed to work with the Prosilver style. It will probably work with many/most Prosilver-based styles. It will NOT work with any subsilver2-based style. If you are using subsilver2 or a style based on subsilver2, you have been warned!
The first public InstallDD™ modification will be available immediately. Two additional InstallDD™ modifications will be available immediately to members. All three (default avatar, contact form, like system) are features on the Dion Designs Discussion board.
Using InstallDD™, you can now directly upload the ZIP files of styles you have obtained from the phpbb.com styles database and elsewhere. There is no longer any need to un-ZIP a style locally, then use FTP to upload every file/directory individually. Once you upload the style, you will be immediately taken to the phpBB ACP Styles page where you can install the style into phpBB.
Once you upload a modification, you will see two new buttons on the InstallDD™ main page. These buttons will allow you to install or uninstall modifications. When complete, you will see a brief confirmation message and perhaps some additional text from the modification.
IMPORTANT NOTE:If an install fails, you should click the link to display the modification's DIY instructions. You can use those instructions as a guide to manually install the modification.
This method of providing modifications has many benefits, as you will see with the first set of modifications I will be making available.
InstallDD™ supports adding styles/themes that also require code modifications. This was the reason why I wrote InstallDD™. I needed a simple method for clients to install a style/theme such as phyreφhi that also required modifications to core PHP files. Stupid question: Am I the only person who doesn't understand why phpBB uses the term "style" when "theme" is the correct term, and vice versa?
I hope you like what you see, and please feel free to make comments/suggestions about InstallDD™. My plan is to convert all "hacks" in this forum to InstallDD™-compatible ZIP files and move them to their own forum.