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Upgrade IPB 3.4 Application Guide


Guide to upgrade a DevFuse application.
Other Guides: Install Application | Upgrade Application | Install/Upgrade Hook | Install Upgrade Hook With Files

This is a detailed tutorial on how to upgrade an application. For the purposes of this guide, I'll be using the Portal application as an example. But these instructions can be used for other applications. Obviously replacing the references to Portal to the other applications name.

  • Unlike hooks, you'll still need to upload some files to your forums folder. The easiest way being via FTP. A good free one is FileZilla.
  • The latest version of the IPB forum software is recommended.
  • Zip program to unzip the applications contents, most applications will be zipped. A good free one is 7-zip.
Step One
Download the application and unzip it's contents into a folder on your desktop. Most applications will have a basic folder structure like this. Where the files/folders to upload will be placed within one folder, any documentation will be placed in another. And the readme or instructions file will be placed in the root directory.

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Step Two
Open your ftp client, in this example we will be using FileZilla and connect to your site. Navigate the contents of the applications upload folder. Now navigate to the root folder of your forum. And copy the contents of that upload folder over to your forums root folder like so.

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Step Three
Now that you have successfully uploaded the application you'll need to upgrade it through the Admin CP. In your browser open up your Admin CP and navigate to the System Tab then on the left side menu locate the Applications & Modules block then click the Manage Applications & Modules link.

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If the application has an upgrade script to run, it will display a green "Upgrade Available" button for you to click on.

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Click this button to start the upgrade script, before you can start anything you will need to login with your admin cp login details again, once logged in follow the prompts until you get to the application checklist.

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Here you'll be able to select which application you want to upgrade. The application upgrader will run by itself and only prompt you if there is a problem. Once it's done upgrading, you'll see this prompt screen indicating the upgrade has been successful. If for some reason the application upgrader stops and produces any errors, report those errors to the application author.

Final Step
Once you have finished all the above steps, you can now access your application. Every application is different but you should check if the application has any settings, permissions or any other features it needs setup. They will typically be found in the following locations if your application supports them.

Admin CP > System Tab > System Settings.
Admin CP > Members Tab > Manage Member Groups > select group > {application name}.Tab.
Admin CP > Other Apps dropdown > {application name}

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