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Polly_Sketch
Re: So much wasted potential

I have to echo wayneG's sentiments from way back with the point being nothing seems to have changed in 4 years. XOOPS was listed in my host's softaculous so I thought I'd give it a try. Gave it 3.5hrs today and now I'm walking away. Leaving this message here to help others avoid the same.

Before my reply this thread is still on page 1 of the beginners forum despite being 4 years ago, so not a lot of activity here. Project seems dead. Except, the code still works. But there is no support material written for years, so maybe it's just dead to beginners.

If you're the owner / operator of a site and you want a no-code approach to the use of your time, then unfortunately this falls short. Only for want of supporting material. It has potential, but it will take longer to get to "hello world" than is reasonable.

E.g. XOOPS has no ability to let you start publishing on its own, you have to manually add modules with a file manager in the back end on the server first. Like it's 2010. Then you immediately have to work around the lack of docs, like the first recommended module of Xmcontent will not run when uploaded, it gives "Handler does not exist" errors out of the box. But if you rename its subfolder from default xmcontent-1.5Final to xmcontent then it works. I can think of several tech reasons why but first impressions are that I don't want to care.

XOOPS for a complete owner/operator no-code experience seems possible with just a few enhancements (like loading modules via a GUI) and some fresh documentation.

Not a criticism such as a disappointment, and a warning to other softaculous users.

Maybe I will check in looking for more docs in future. My hopes aren't high though, given the "Buy a 6 year old book " response above in 2017 and almost nothing written in the 4 years since.




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