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Install IPB 3.4 Application Guide


Guide to install 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 install 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 install 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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To the right side of this page, you'll see the Applications Not Installed section. Locate the application you've just uploaded and click the Install link. In this example we will install the Portal application now.

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On the next page you begin the application setup utility, which will display information about the application version as well as the application author. In the duplicate tables dropdown, usually that should be left alone, especially if upgrading from IPB 2.3.6. But it's best to check with the application author or readme/instructions file before changing this dropdown.

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Click the Continue button and the application will automatically redirect through each step until your prompted with a successful installation page. If for some reason the application installer stops and produces any errors, report those errors to the application author. Below is an example of one of the installers steps.

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The application installer will run by itself and only prompt you if there is a problem. Once it's done installing, you'll see this prompt screen indicating the installation has been successful.

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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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